These posts would be so much eazier to write if I didn’t have to worry about spelling and punktuation. That was always one of the beauties of riting dialog. People don’t talk in grammatically correct sentences and who cares about the spellling because the audience is just hereing the words and not seeing dem. (Shit. That last sentence is in fact a question. I forgot the question mark.)
After having proper
grammar drummed into my head in school it was difficult at first to not
write dialogue stilted but correct. Eventually you learn that flow
and writing conversationally is the key. Then its (or it’s) fun. All
bets are off.
Until you have to write prose again (or FRASIER).
(This is the punctuation that is the screenwriter’s best friend -- … Use it to represent any pause. Believe me, it… works!)
(or its) amazing how much grammar you forget. And part of the problem
– at least for me --, is that if you (or in my case, me) tend to write
quickly, you’re trying to get your ideas on the page while their in your
head and I can’t do that when your stopping midthoughtwse to ponder
whether there’s a comma here or this participle is dangling or there is
no such word as midthoughtwise. (That last sentence may or may not be a
question. I’m not sure.)
Back to script writing, you see this
in rewrite sessions. There are monitors in the room allowing the
writers to see the script as the assistant is typing it. Someone
pitches a joke, everyone laughs, the assistant starts transcribing it,
and there’s always one asshole who sees himself as the Grammar Police barking
out that there should be a comma there, or that’s a semi-colon. That
shit is “Proofer’s challenge”. Let whoever proofs the script deal
with that. Don’t slow down the process by blurting out that dad needs to be capitalized.
to prose: Spellcheck and grammar programs help somewhat. A wiggly
green line will appear under something the computer doesn’t feel is
right. Half the time it’s (or its) useful and half the time I’m
thinking, “what the hell is wrong with this?” Or, “the computer just
doesn’t get me.”
Same with spell check – it catches a lot of
mistakes but misses others. If a word can be spelled correctly two ways
or if you write in the wrong word but it’s an actual word -- : that too
won’t get caught. Sometimes I remember the little hints we got in
school. Principle or principal
– the principal is your “pal”. But as I get older my brain is
beginning to fill up with the Infield Fly Rule and where I put my keys
and those little tips are fading from memory.
I actually do know the difference between it’s and its (it’s is only used as a contraction for it is) but there are others that I’ll admit, I’m guessin’.
there are certain words I just don’t know how to spell. So I type in
some approximation and let Spell Check correct it. If I ever have to
write a letter in longhand I am so screwed. Thank you, Steve Jobs.
point is… from time to time… you will see grammatical mistakes,
misspelled words, made up words, tenses changing, inconsistencies,
italics for no reason, and
other egregious clerical errors. I do try to proof these posts but
things still slip by. So I beg your indulgence. I don’t have an
editor. And even one of those doesn’t guarantee (that’s one of the
words I always struggle with) 100% accuracy. When I got the galley
proof for my book IT’S GONE… NO, WAIT A MINUTE (notice the ….?) this is
what it said on the cover:
This is a re-post from five years ago. I still make these mistakes.