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Grammar is Not a Weapon

Recently, a friend of mine said, My mother always wanted to be a writer, but she was embarrassed by her grammar. 

I hear this a lot from people who want to write, but are embarrassed by their command of spelling and grammar. When I was a teacher, I worked with so many students who were scarred for life by teachers who used grammar as a weapon. Often, when I would tell one of my students how great their essay was, they would respond with, No one has ever told me I’m a good writer before.

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