This year, we (the RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB) are lending great focus to getting better…improvement of our selves, improvement in our lives, and because we are a literary organization, improvement of our writing, has moved to the forefront of our mission. It is time that we ALL stand out. Some of our members already do, but because it is not our goal to leave any of our RRBC family behind, we are going to push one another, until we are all standing on solid (equal) ground. If you’re not there in the upper echelon of the writing club, then those who are, will not rest until you are planted firmly beside them. Let’s become each others keepers. As the great Martin Luther King, Jr. once said: “I cannot be all that I can be, until you are all that you can be,” so on that premise, we won’t rest until each and every member of RRBC, has reached their highest pinnacle of success in all their written work.
This series, “FOCUS ON BETTER,” will empower and enlighten you. They are lessons meant to open your eyes to all the possibilities that await you, once you seriously embark on the journey of becoming, not just an average, mediocre writer, but a phenomenal one, whose words are highly sought after by Connoisseurs of the written word. Yes, those are the folks I want to appraise my books…because they are the ones who know truly good writing when they read it. They can discern junk from jewel and ultimately, their reviews are the ones that matter most to me, as they should to you. This series is also meant to make you an even better book reviewer.
Today, our focus is on WRITING FROM DIFFERENT WORLDS. As a book reviewer, I have come to the conclusion that writers from the US & Canada, write a tad bit differently from those writers in the UK and beyond. You see, the United Kingdom writers tend to write without much punctuation, whereas, if you’re writing it properly in the US, there is a specific place for stop signs and red lights, for green lights that let you continue with the flow of traffic, and even the yellow ones that ask you to pause for a bit. We already know that some of their (UK & even Canada) words are spelled differently than ours (US), as well; organization (organisation), catalog (catalogue), centerpiece (centrepiece), and misbehavior (misbehaviour) are just a few of those words. But, does any of this make their writing incorrect? For a long time, I thought it did, and so I graded accordingly in my reviews of such work.
After a time of reading so much work by many writers from the UK, writers whose work I enjoyed, aside from the variations of country, I came to the conclusion that their writing wasn’t wrong, it was just the way it was done in their country. It was at that time, that I decided to use a different scale for their writing, as opposed to my standard scale (my own) of those writers from the US. I could no longer penalize writing, that for a few variations in spelling, was pretty good reading. As far as the punctuation end of it, I still struggle, as some work that I have read from writers from the UK, never allow you to pause and take a breath before your eyes begin to cross. That’s a huge problem for me and probably will continue to be so. I ask those writers to have a little empathy for those of us who are accustomed to driving on the right side of the road. I’m sure you wouldn’t want us to have a brain-crash, which is customary when we’re given the freedom to just go go go, without any regard to running into the other words in front of us. I mean, run-on sentences are against the law, aren’t they? Maybe that’s just in Nonnie-land….hmmmm.
What I’d like for you all to take from this today, is to give the other side a chance, whether you’re a word-Connoisseur from the US or from the UK. Recognize the differences in our writing that are there because of the side of the ocean we’re from, and not just blatant errors and mistakes that some would be quick to believe…are from a lack of knowledge in the field. Maybe we, in the RRBC, should create a new scale of review to be used for books from the UK, which in all actuality, are well-written, aside from the variations of country that separate us in the area of writing.
Now, I’m not saying that all books, whether from the US or the UK, should be given a pass…just because. Absolutely not! No matter where you’re from, there is no arguing that good writing is still, good writing. I’m merely suggesting that we dig a little deeper, to discern the real junk from the jewels, because no matter where you’re from, THAT should be standard!
We’ll see you next time on FOCUS ON BETTER, for another enlightening topic that can only help you to grow into the best version of you, as a writer.
What are your thoughts on this topic? We’d love to hear them!