Spellin’

(This post is misspelled on purpose)

I hd mny spling lesons as a chld bt don remmber ny of thm. Trmp mst be sme weig, bcuz on hs twitter he spull tings vry wrung. He don knw to spel nd nither do me. Redin ths is probbly vry har fur u. Bt, I hve rigts in the furst ammandment tht alloow me to spek me mnd howver I wnt. Tchniclly Trmp don ned knw how speel, bt wood halp wth his respeckbilty and mke him moor appling and sem mre proffsionl. As I wrt lke ths u probly thnk I don knw much aboot anthin if can evn spal right. Ths is wht Allan Follow tlks aboot in ths artcle. So, hw can da ppel be expctud to rspect Trump if cent right wrds lak “honored”.

The point of writing the preceding paragraph with terrible spelling and grammar is to show how much your view of someone can be tainted by the way they spell or speak. After reading the first sentence, many people probably turned away thinking I wasn’t worth their time if I couldn’t even spell “had”. But, even though Trump misspells simple words, he was elected as president of the United States. This implies that people don’t care that much about spelling, or the professionalism of the person in charge of their country. Spelling may not seem like that big of a deal, but like Fallow says, it creates a gap between the elite and the others in this country. If someone  were to turn in an application with as many spelling errors with some of Trump’s tweets, they probably wouldn’t get the job, but he got his and it is definitely way more important than the imaginary job I just talked about. So, this has to cause even more of a feeling of separation of the people from the president when they are forced to always pay attention to spelling for the most simple of jobs, but Trump doesn’t. This is a big problem, especially since there’s already such a big divide between people of the Trump presidency. Maybe it’s not such a big deal (we are in an age of technology that corrects our sentences for us so why should we care about knowing how to spell?), but maybe it has bigger implications about our president as a whole.

 

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Learning to Write

Usually when I think of learning how to write fiction, I usually feel that it has no connection to the real world. Sure, the stories you make up can carry meaning, but learning how to write them and how to make them compelling, all that seems like it’s going to do is get you a good book. However, I was reading this article by Beth Johnson the other day and it convinced me otherwise.

This article talked all about what writing with specificity and details can do. Right at the start of the article Johnson starts using examples she hopes her readers can relate to (although setting up your sister with a date may not have been the best choice) and shows how her topic can be applied to real life. She creates an effective article by doing this because it catches the reader’s attention with the connection they feel. And once she’s caught the reader’s attention she continues to keep them involved by continuing to show examples of how detail can help in the real world and how it could actually benefit them to pay attention. She just keeps drawing the reader in with her own use of details, and it works in many different ways. For one, it makes her article more interesting, and it adds even more support to why the reader should use details in every day life on top of all the other examples she gives.

After reading Johnson’s article, I started thinking back to times in my life when details either did help me or could’ve helped me, had I used them. The main example that came to my mind was an essay I wrote for an internship I applied for. The essay got me the internship I applied for and it did include quite a bit of detail, which made me feel that in my own personal experience, everything Johnson said seems to be true. Her article is a standing reminder that things can be more than they seem, even if it’s just learning write a book.