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Grammar vs. Story Telling

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by TomVince123, May 15, 2014.

  1. TomVince123

    TomVince123 New Member

    What's more important, excellent grammar or being able to tell a great story?
  2. Decadent

    Decadent New Member

    A great story, but you can't have a great story without good grammar. No one is going to hang with something clumsy for long.

    I know the Dimmesdales here will immediately shout about Hemingway, as they often do, but that's an exception, rather than a rule.
  3. Alma

    Alma Well-Known Member

    Grammar is more important. It is a basic foundation of storytelling.

    By grammar, incidentally, I'm not talking about term paper style and not using contractions. I'm not talking about vague cliches.
  4. boundforboston

    boundforboston Well-Known Member

    I guess I'd say grammar. People won't read much of a great story if the first sentence is something like: "The interwebz were abuzzin' 'bout da first time Jonny Doe thruw a touchdown!"

    As journalism shifts toward fewer copy editors and more immediate posting, you'll need to produce clean copy while telling good stories, too.
  5. SnarkShark

    SnarkShark Well-Known Member

    I'd fuck storytelling, marry grammar and kill punctuation.
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