I want to expound on the racing and drag racing world and let everyone know what I know, that our motorsport (more precisely Nostalgia drag racing) is one of the most exciting events in all sports. So I’ve been taking on some writing ventures and it has been interesting to say the least. Generally speaking I’m freelancing and really just trying to build a portfolio. I’ve written a decent amount in the past but it was always either a website, presentation, proposal, sales brochure or newsletter. Structured.
The blogs have been fun the last few years and it really amounts to free expression of what I’m thinking at the time. I don’t have an editor. I don’t have a proofreader. I don’t have a deadline. I don’t have anybody but myself – just winging it. What you see here on the blog is one and done. No drop net. Not structured.
I’ve talked to a few people in the business and as far as blogs go, a couple guru’s said I have a knack and have become pretty good. But blogging, especially my own blog, isn’t like writing an article to be published by another party. You have to follow their guidelines and everything has to be right. With internet writing, key words are, well, key. Titles have to mesh with the story and certain procedures and rules have to be followed. Yeah, rules. I’m not big on rules and having been my own boss for many years, I don’t take to others rules very well. But I’m trying and although it kind of suffocates your thinking and thought processes, I’ll get through it. There are aids and they can help.
Writing is not as easy as it looks and the creative nature of written material, style and your prose is key as far as I’m concerned. Research and knowledge of facts is also a primary requirement. But I was told recently, there’s a more important key in writing currently and that I should be aware – know English. Grammar, sentence structure, punctuation etc are a big concern right now. Why? There’s a lack of general knowledge when it comes to the rudimentary rules of writing. Our schools and in particular, our government schools are a failure. We could go into the reasons for the debacle that is our educational system but that would take some time and I’ll maybe go there another time. But simply, supposed knowledgeable people who would otherwise like to write, can’t or won’t. Good grammar is gone like high-button shoes.
I was stunned! I’m happy that my spelling and English grades were always on top and my education through parochial schools (Lutheran), helped my communication skills. But I had no idea that folks who had the want and creative to write, aren’t because they either are incapable, embarrassed or don’t want to go through the trouble of learning the correct way of using grammar. Amazing!
So in fact, I have a head start in my new venture, for what it’s worth. I’m not sure what it says about a society that can’t write but I know one thing’s for sure: Civilization may be on the brink if we can no longer put our words down and express and communicate the elementary acts like offering ideas, opinions and facts.
Alright, enough imparting on the demise of society and back to offering my always scintillating and correct punctuation, grammar and sentence structures on the world of motorsports (& other stuff I like).