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Post Reply When it comes to writing, which is most important? Grammar or Storytelling?
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I don't really care about grammar as long it's not complete garbage grammar that looks like it was written by a 1st grader
But on the other hand if a story has perfect grammar but a crap story I'll not give a shiz about grammar.
So definitely storytelling. If you can write a good story, it usually means you have good grammar to start with.
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Storytelling, I don't read a book for the grammar, I read it for the story.
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Storytelling, though if you would probably want an editor to make sure things make sense.
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Unless your grammar is of a middle schoolers, Storytelling will always be more important.
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Both if you ask me.
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24 / F / Johnstown, PA, USA
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Grammar.

Even if a person's grammar is elementary, they need to have some notion of it in order to transcribe anything. Besides, not all writings are stories.
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Thanks so much for the feedback everyone. I see storytelling has taken the lead.
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What? Of all things, you made the option between storytelling and...grammar? What about characters, or themes? Or even interaction? No, let's put grammar in there and pretend like it's not the very basic of the basics in life.

Whether i'm reading a really shit story, or a quality story, I'd for sure expect proper grammar...wouldn't you?
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Storytelling. Grammar is important inasmuch as it doesn't interfere with reading (e.g. if a sentence is poorly edited that I have to pause and think what the author meant, then the grammar is notable). Having an important and clear narrative is infinitely more important.
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Story telling is always first , need to keep audience entertained and intrigue and grammar for characters way of talking
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Ryuouka wrote:

What? Of all things, you made the option between storytelling and...grammar? What about characters, or themes? Or even interaction? No, let's put grammar in there and pretend like it's not the very basic of the basics in life.

Whether i'm reading a really shit story, or a quality story, I'd for sure expect proper grammar...wouldn't you?


Storytelling and grammar are highly important to me. Yet I can't decide which is more important.

Showing not telling is complicated.
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qualeshia3 wrote:


Ryuouka wrote:

What? Of all things, you made the option between storytelling and...grammar? What about characters, or themes? Or even interaction? No, let's put grammar in there and pretend like it's not the very basic of the basics in life.

Whether i'm reading a really shit story, or a quality story, I'd for sure expect proper grammar...wouldn't you?


Storytelling and grammar are highly important to me. Yet I can't decide which is more important.

Showing not telling is complicated.


Trust me, If you don't have proper grammar, none will even look at your story.
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Ocale wrote:

Grammar is a part of written storytelling. Word choice, pacing, and greater grammatical ability lets you set tones and atmospheres better. It gives you more control over how you will tell your story, and storytelling is more than just the story.

If by "storytelling", you mean only the literary tools, creative ideas, and general decision making when it comes to what will be done in the story and how, then I guess you differentiate between it and grammar, but grammar is probably still more important. A master at grammar and English in general will hold a person's attention better than a master a storytelling. Writing is communication, and good communication will attract more people to read, because the writer will have a sort of charisma that charms their readers.

Both are crucial, in the end, though I still stand behind grammar being part of storytelling itself.


Thank you for clearing this up. I almost lost hope when I saw all those storytelling answers...
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Ryuouka wrote:


qualeshia3 wrote:


Ryuouka wrote:

What? Of all things, you made the option between storytelling and...grammar? What about characters, or themes? Or even interaction? No, let's put grammar in there and pretend like it's not the very basic of the basics in life.

Whether i'm reading a really shit story, or a quality story, I'd for sure expect proper grammar...wouldn't you?


Storytelling and grammar are highly important to me. Yet I can't decide which is more important.

Showing not telling is complicated.


Trust me, If you don't have proper grammar, none will even look at your story.


True. At the same time would you read a story with good grammar but is boring?
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Ryuouka wrote:

What? Of all things, you made the option between storytelling and...grammar? What about characters, or themes? Or even interaction? No, let's put grammar in there and pretend like it's not the very basic of the basics in life.

Whether i'm reading a really shit story, or a quality story, I'd for sure expect proper grammar...wouldn't you?


Given my experiences with terrible writing? No. Not at all. I expect people, especially self-publishing people, to have smashed their face into their desk for twelve hours and then somehow transposed their ejecta through some sort of Tron-like process into a linguistic pattern.

Terrible writing misses both storytelling and basic linguistic skillsets. Boring writing misses storytelling, and is thus not engaging. Good storytelling and bad grammar is Finnegan's Wake.
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