The Roadblock to Creativity

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Chelsea's entry on Eats, Shoots, and Leaves made me consider the relationship between creativity and grammar.  And I have to agree with her, it doesn’t matter how creative someone is, if they don’t know any grammar.  Without knowing some grammar, their ideas won’t even be comprehensible to anyone else.  Also, when one writes, the first step is always to write a draft, the writer can be as creative as they want in their draft and not worry at all about grammar.  But when one goes back and proofreads, the writer absolutely needs to check out the grammar.  Whether the paper is creative or not, if the readers can’t even understand what the writer means it is irrelevant how genius the writing is.  Grammar is truly necessary.

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