“What Can I do With an English Degree?”: 20 Jobs for Writers

What can I do with an English degreeIf you’re an English or Creative Writing major, you probably dread revealing that information to friends and relatives.

You know what I’m talking about. They inevitably give you that “look”–a mix a skepticism and disapproval. And then they ask the question.

“So what are you going to do with that?”

There’s nothing like those words to make an English major bristle in defense. Maybe you’re not sure what you want to do with an English degree, you just know you like to write. You grit your teeth as family members tsk and try to talk some sense into you.

“You can’t do anything with an English major. It’s a worthless degree.”

This is just not true, so if an English or Creative Writing degree is something you really, really want, don’t let people talk you out of it. An English degree is definitely not worthless! So what can you do with an English degree?

Writing is a creative field, and because of this, you may have to be more creative with your career choice. This could involve starting your own editing business or becoming a novelist. And this is where family and society tend to freak out–because most people are accustomed to the norm of a 9-5 office job and expect you to do the same to be successful and secure.

But it’s okay to break the mold! You’re a creative–you were born for this. And if you do want the security of working for a company, you can definitely find jobs like that with an English degree. Basically, an English degree gives you flexibility and options. You just have to research what’s out there and know yourself and what you want.

So check out these 20 awesome jobs you can do with an English degree!

1. Novelist

This is the dream, right? I know this is what I’m ultimately striving towards. Thankfully, it is possible to make a living writing books. But on the down side, it takes time and volume (read: work). This article from Books and Such explains how to make a living as a novelist.

2. English/Creative Writing Teacher

Most people with English degrees teach. If you love to help others and have a knack for teaching, this is a good option. If you’re not crazy about kids and want to teach at the university level, keep in mind you’ll need a master’s degree. Also, if you really want to teach just creative writing, you’re more likely to find that at the university level.

3. ESL Teacher

If you’re adventurous and love to travel, you might want to look into teaching English as a second language abroad. If this sounds appealing but you’re not up for living overseas (assuming you’re from the U.S. like me, that is!), it’s also possible to become an ESL teach here in the U.S.–we have a lot immigrants from other countries who are seeking to learn English (If you don’t live in the U.S. research if there is a need for ESL teachers in your country, you may be surprised).

4. Writing/English Tutor

If you’re interested in teaching but prefer working one-on-one with people instead of juggling an entire class, tutoring may be a good option. You can work for a tutoring center like Sylvan, or start your own private tutoring business. As a tutor you can help younger kids learn writing and grammar skills, or help high school and college students learn how to write better essays. Tutoring is a great way to make money on the side, and you can also make a good income doing it full-time.

5. Librarian

If your dream is to be surrounded by books and Belle is your spirit animal, you should look into becoming a librarian. You’ll need an undergraduate degree to start, and then earn a Masters of Library Science. Click here for additional info. Also, there are other job opportunities you can explore within the library besides a librarian! Consider becoming a curator, cataloger, or archivist.

6. Newspaper or Magazine Journalist

I never thought I would like writing non-fiction until I started blogging. Now I find it really fun to write about things I’m interested in! Keep your options open and consider working for a newspaper or magazine. Most positions are freelance though, and it’s tough to get on full-time. For a staff-writer position you’ll also probably need to move to a large city like NYC, especially for magazine journalism. Internships are a must, as you’ll need experience to get your foot in the door.

7. Publishing

If you love to write books, why not work with the people who publish them? There’s a variety of roles in the publishing industry like editing, proofreading, and marketing. However, consider that you’ll likely need to move to a large city where there’s lots of publishers like New York or San Diego. Click here to read about how to get into the industry, and you can find publishing internships and jobs on bookjobs.com.

8. Literary Agent

I think this is a book-related job that many overlook, and admittedly it’s not easy to break into (but then again, what is?). But just what is it that a literary agent does anyway? Here’s an interview with a literary agent to help you understand what they do. To become a literary agent, you’ll need to gain experience by working in the publishing industry first so you can become knowledgeable about the market. If the idea of discovering new authors excites you and you have a confident, go-getter attitude, this may be a job that would fit you.

9. Editor/Proofreader

If you have an eye for detail and are obsessed with grammar, you might enjoy editing or proofreading. Although somewhat similar, you can read about the differences between the two here. You can find editing and proofreading jobs not just with book publishers, but with anyone who deals with printed material–newspapers, magazines, small businesses, corporations, etc. You can also become a freelance editor or proofreader, or start your own business. Browse bookjobs.com for editorial jobs and internships at publishing houses.

10. Copywriter

No, you’re not copying what other people write 😉 A copy writer works for advertising agencies to create slogans and other advertising material to promote a business, product, or idea. You can find both freelance and full-time opportunities. If this sounds like it might be up your alley, here’s another article on how to get started with links to more resources.

11. Content Writer

A content writer writes for a company’s website (pretty self-explanatory, right?). This can be anything from a small business to a large corporation. It can also be a full-time or freelance position. If you’re tech savvy, this might be worth looking into! Here’s a couple sources to get you started here and here. A lot of times this also involves handling social media, so having an online presence and a blog will give you an edge.

12. Technical Writer

A technical writer describes complex processes to create things like instructions manuals or guides. For more information on what a technical writer does, click here. Technical writers can work for IT companies, or help schools develop curriculum. They usually have specialized knowledge in a certain topic such as medicine, science, technology, etc. If this piques your interest, you can learn more about becoming a technical writer here and here.

13. Resume Writer

Did you know there’s a demand for writers who can craft a killer resume? And you can make good money doing so too! Because let’s face it, writing a resume is hard, and most people would rather pay a professional to do it for them. To become a professional resume writer, obtain a resume writing certification to boost your credibility. Learn more about starting a resume writing business here.

14. Event Planner

If you have excellent organizational skills and are a people person, you might make a great event planner. An event planner organizes events such as weddings, meetings, educational conferences, and business conventions. You can work for a company, or start your own business.

15. Blogger

Did you know it’s possible to make a living as a blogger? There’s tons of information on the web on how to start a blog and make a profit off it. If you have a topic you’re passionate about and want to share with others, you might enjoy being a blogger. Keep in mind, however, that building a blog takes time, and it could be 1-2 years or longer before you begin to make a good income. Also, don’t start a blog for the sole purpose of making money–if your heart’s not in it you will likely fail.

16. Corporate Blogger

These days, a lot of businesses are trying to keep up with social media and now have blogs. This means they need creative, smart people to help run those blogs. Like you. 😉

17. Website Developer

If you’re super tech savvy and creative, you may want to consider looking into website development. It’s a valuable skill to have in our 21st century world where a website is a must for businesses. Here’s a couple sources with more information here and here.

18. Social Media Manager

Like website developers, there’s also a huge demand for creative individuals who know their way around social media. Businesses want to connect with their audience and promote their products through social media, and often don’t know how. If you’re awesome with social media, this may be a good job for you.

19. Screenwriter

If you love story, you probably love movies and t.v. shows as well as books. And what writer wouldn’t love to see their work come to life on screen? I’ll be honest, I don’t know much about how to sell a script or how similar/different it is to publishing a book, so you’ll have to do your research. I have taken screenwriting classes, however, and can say that it’s a completely different medium from writing a novel. So you’ll also have to learn the techniques of the craft to be successful. Here’s a couple links to jump-start your research here and here. Also, check out this article on the difference between writing for film and television.

20. Broadcasting

T.V. and radio stations need writers and editors to work on scripts and news reports. You can find more information on the types of jobs and responsibilities here, and browse jobs in T.V. and radio here.

You want to know a secret? Even if you can’t get a job doing any of the things on this list, you can still use your English degree to do almost anything you want! Most people end up doing something different than what they went to school for anyway.

If you really want an English or Creative Writing degree, don’t let naysayers scare you off. Always, always, always follow your passion. I learned this the hard way (but that’s a story for another time). You have to live the life you want, and if you don’t try to make a go of it you’ll regret it down the road.

So gather your courage and go for it! You’ll never regret chasing your passion.

Why do you want to get an English degree? What career options sound appealing to you?

blog signature


7 Writers Share Their Writing Secrets

7 WritersWriting is a long, difficult journey (one that never really ends), and you tend to pick up a lot of things along the way.

Like always keep a notepad on your nightstand. Or act out scenes to help you describe them (even if it makes you feel like a crazy person).

I’ve asked 7 awesome writers/bloggers to share their writing “secrets.” What tips and tricks have they discovered? Read on to find out!

Secrets for Writers

Brett Michael Orr is a young writer and blogger from Australia. He has been writing for several years, and is currently working on a Young Adult Science-Fiction novel.

Drafting is always a difficult process. There’s a lot of pressure when you’re staring at the infamous white page, that this your chance to write a scene from scratch, and it can be paralysing. There’s also pressure on word count–if you’ve only written a hundred words, it’s easy to feel really bad about yourself.
     Here’s the secret though–your book will go through at least one, if not four or five, major edits and rewrites–and that’s before it arrives at a publisher. There will be many, many opportunities to edit and ‘perfect’ that scene. You can’t perfect a blank page.
     Just write, take the quickest path through the scene to move your characters where they should be, and move on. When you edit, you’ll be deleting (or adding) paragraphs at a time, so don’t agonize over your draft. After all, first drafts are meant to be rewritten!
line divider

Heather from BitsNBooks enjoys writing Historical Fiction. Her research for her stories always allows her to learn something new.  She also adds, “my aim is to make people cry (is that mean?).” Not at all, Heather 😉

If you have an idea for something but can’t seem to get it right, put yourself in the scene. What can you see, hear, smell, feel? I don’t know if it’s a thing all writers do, or if it’s just a weird me thing, but I try to imagine what the scene would look like if it were being made into a film (one day…I can dream, right?).

I know this definitely won’t work for everyone, but I always know what my ending is before I get too far into a piece of writing. The more I write the more I realise that a story will grow and change of its own accord. I think it’s for this reason that I need to have an ending so that I can keep it largely on track.

It’s like going on holiday–your plane might get delayed and you miss a connecting flight, but you still want to get to a particular destination eventually, so you’ll make new plans according to that destination.

line divider

E.K. Moore from A Cup of English Tea is a college student from the northwest of the United States. She writes an eclectic mix of genres and forms including (but not limited to): fantasy, realistic fiction, romance, magical realism, short stories, novels, novellas, flash fiction etc. She has finished five novels but has yet to be published. Regardless, writing is one of her favorite pastimes, and likely will be for many years to come.

Take breaks when you’re having writer’s block. Best options for me are hot showers or long walks to get creativity flowing again. For editing I recommend reading out loud. It helps you catch your own mistakes and often helps solidify first person voice if using that.

line dividerMichelle from The Writing Hufflepuff  lives in The Netherlands and has been making up stories for as long as she can remember; as soon as she learned to write she wrote them down. She mostly writes fantasy with a lot of angst and death, but also some lighthearted humor. She hopes to write for a living, but for now strives toward studying journalism next school year.

A lot of people give the advice that you should always write, even if you don’t feel like it. I would like to give the opposite advice: if you’re not feeling it, because you’re tired or for any other reason–don’t write.

Writing should be something you love, not a chore. If you’d rather lie in bed and watch TV shows all day long, then go do that. That doesn’t make you a bad writer, it makes you a writer who just rather relaxes that day instead of forcing theirselves to write.

Do write whenever you can and want to, though, but not because you have to, or because you’re not a writer or a bad writer when you don’t, but because you love doing it.

line divider
B.A. Wilson is a Missouri librarian with a rather serious One-Click addiction. She enjoys reading and writing YA novels, consuming caffeinated beverages, and spending too much time on Twitter.

I like to carry blank name tags in my purse and coat pockets. When an idea comes to me, I write it down on a name tag. Once I get home, I peel and stick the note into my project sketchbook or outline. It saves me from having to rewrite or transfer notes.

I stole this idea (can’t even remember from where), but it’s great! When I’m writing or editing and either don’t have internet access or don’t want to stop my forward motion to research something, I insert the word FLIBBIT into my manuscript.

Sometimes I tag a note after it (FLIBBIT: research bomb construction). Sometimes I even use it for parts I’m dissatisfied with (FLIBBIT: This character’s name sucks. Try again), or for situations I don’t have a solution for yet (FLIBBIT: Fix gaping plot hole to correct timeline inaccuracy).

It’s far enough away from being a real word that it’s easy to spot. When I have more time to address the problem, I search for all the FLIBBITs in my manuscript and update, correct, or rewrite those sections.

It makes me feeling better knowing I tagged the issue, even if I’m not going to fix it immediately. That gives me the peace of mind to work forward, and I know never to send out a manuscript to readers without addressing all those FLIBBITs first.

name tags

line dividerRae from What Happened to the Wallflower is a student at New Mexico State University studying English with an Emphasis in Creative Writing. She reads everything, writes strange things, edits, blogs, tweets, and drinks way too much coffee.

Okay, so it’s not really a “secret,” but I wake up at 5 a.m. on the weekdays  and spend until nearly 7 a.m. at my laptop, writing. This means that I don’t have the distraction of my roommate being awake, so my apartment is calm and quiet enough to give myself the kind of environment I can concentrate on my writing in.

It also gives me the added plus of making writing the first thing I do during the day, so I can concentrate on other matters later: school, work, homework. Scheduling my writing time like this has given me a lot more structure, and has forced me to be a lot more accountable toward what I write, and how much I get down a day.

line dividerBriana Mae Morgan has been writing for as long as she can remember. Genre-wise she has settled into YA and NA fiction. She is currently writing a novel called BLOOD AND WATER. You can find out more about her novel and get writing advice on her website, and follow her on Twitter.

I have a couple of tips and tricks for writing. One is a website, focus@will. It plays ambient music that helps me concentrate and really get down to the business of writing. Also, there’s Write or Die, which is great for helping me avoid distractions while I write.

Above all, what helps me produce is remembering not to get it right, but to get it written. After all, you can’t edit a blank page. Turn off your inner editor while writing and you’ll be amazed how much more you get done.

Have you ever used any of the tricks in this post? Do you have some secrets of your own? Share them in the comments below!

blog signature

Travel for Book Lovers: The Hunger Games Road Trip

If you’re a writer, odds are you’re also a reader. And if you’re a fan of The Hunger Games, the odds are in your favor. I’ve researched and created an awesome Hunger Games road trip that will bring the book to life.

Er…that is, without all the killing, mutant wasps, and fighting for your life stuff. You’ll be perfectly safe, I promise.

In the books, America has become the nation of Panem and divided into districts. Though Suzanne Collins has yet to release a map, she gives us clues in the book that lead us to suspect that District 12 lies within the Appalachian region. This includes parts of Kentucky, West Virginia, and North Carolina.

Here’s a fan-made map of what Panem and the districts might look like:

Are you ready to follow in Katniss’ footsteps? Here’s your guide to the ultimate Hunger Games road trip.

1. Tour a Coal Mine

Begin your journey in Beckley, West Virginia where you can visit a historic coal mine and camp. We all know that District 12 produces coal, and Katniss’ dad was a coal miner. Here you can discover what life was like in the mines for Katniss’ dad and other residents of District 12.

2.  Go for a Hike in Red River Gorge

Next, head to Eastern Kentucky. Not only is Kentucky part of District 12, but both Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson are Kentucky natives (And it’s my home state too!).

Discover why Katniss loved the woods and used it as a place to retreat from the hardships of her daily life by hiking through Red River Gorge. If you’re up for a challenge, test your Tribute skills by going rock climbing. And to make the experience complete, spend the night in a cabin.

3. Ride a Train through the Appalachian Mountains

Continue on to Stearns, Kentucky. Here you can ride the Big South Fork Scenic Railway and pretend like you’ve just been chosen as a tribute in the reaping and are now headed towards the Capitol.

4. Hit up a Bakery in Asheville

Next stop, Asheville, North Carolina! Many scenes from the Hunger Games were filmed in North Carolina, and this is where the stars stayed and spent their down time. Have fun exploring the city, and in honor of Peta, visit the City Bakery Cafe and have a slice of fresh bread or a cupcake.

 5. Get in Touch with Your Inner Tribute

There are lots of exciting adventures you can have around Asheville. If you’re feeling brave, you can go zip lining or white water rafting like Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson did while filming.

6. Visit the Film Locations in Dupont State Forest

Near Asheville you’ll find sights like Triple Falls, which was used in the scene where Katniss finds Peeta injured and camouflaged, and the spot where the cornucopia was placed in the arena. You can try to find the locations yourself, or you can take a guided Hunger Games tour.

I think the tour would be the better option; not only do they take you to the sites, but you’ll learn behind-the-scenes info. Plus, afterward you’ll get to participate in survival workshops and try your hand at archery!

7. Visit the Film Location of Henry River Mill Village

This abandoned mill near Asheville was used for parts of the Seam, as well as Peeta’s bakery. You can check this location out on your own, but because it’s on private property, you’ll only be able to see it from the road. To get up close, you’ll need to take a tour.

I think the tour would be worth it because you’ll get great photo opportunities and learn about the filming. And afterwards you’ll learn how to bake your own bread and play a game of archery tag with foam-tipped arrows!

8. Visit Filming Locations in Atlanta

For the final leg of your road trip, head down to Atlanta, Georgia. Here you can visit the Swan House, which was used as President Snow’s Mansion in the films, and “The Beach” in Clayton County International Park, which was used in arena scenes.

Again, you can visit these sites on your own, which are more easily accessible, or take a guided tour. The benefits of the tour are you’ll learn behind-the-scenes info, and take an archery workshop and play archery tag.

The End

You’ve reached the end of your journey! If you’re curious about what this route looks like on a map, I’ve plotted it out for you using roadtrippers.com because I’m a nice person:

route map2I’ve labeled all the points of interest in a nice bright green. Roadtrippers wouldn’t let me add Atlanta so I had to do it myself, so you’ll have to excuse some of the ghetoness.

But as you can see, I was careful to research and plot it out as a legit road trip you can actually take, not random locations spread out and zig-zagging all over 😉

I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to take this trip! How did I do? Would you set out on this road trip adventure? Would you like to see more posts like this in the future? Give me your feedback in the comments below! 🙂

Until next time, may the odds be ever in your favor.

blog signature

Should You Write Your Story Fast?

Should you write your storyIn our modern world we have short attention spans and little patience. We expect everything to be as quick and instant as the click of a button. The same mind-set is often applied to writing.

Everyone wants to learn how to write faster. After all, the quicker you write your story the quicker you can get published and make money and write more stories. Right?

Um…maybe. Before you jump into NaNaWriMo mode, pause for a moment.

Let’s look at a fundamental truth of writing:

  •  If you spend less time writing your draft you will spend more time editing.
  • If you spend more time writing your draft you will spend less time editing.

When you rush through a draft, sure you got 50k words in a month, but what does the quality of that draft look like? I’m willing to bet pretty craptastic. (All first drafts are craptastic anyways, but if you rush through your writing it will be especially craptastic).

You’re going to have to edit it a ton to get it into decent shape, and editing is a very time-consuming process. You could end up having to edit, for example, 8 or more drafts.

When you slow down, it may take you 5 months to get those 50k words, but the quality of your writing will be much improved (though still admittedly craptastic). This means less time in the editing process—so let’s say for example, you cut those 8 drafts in half to 4.

Whichever you choose, the truth remains the same—it takes time to write and edit a decent novel worthy of publication. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that just because you pound your story out fast it will be ready to publish in its current state. Sometimes faster isn’t always better.

Overall, I think it depends on where you want to spend most of your time, and at what pace you are comfortable writing. Don’t force yourself to write fast if you naturally like to take your time with your writing. I know it’s easy to beat yourself up if you’re a slow writer and bemoan how much faster others are writing their novels.

But remember the tortoise and the hare? Slow and steady. But it’s not even a race, so don’t worry about competing with other writers. Your goal is to finish your novel–the time in which it takes you to do so shouldn’t matter. Go at your own pace without guilt.

And try to enjoy the writing process instead of rushing through it. Allow yourself to be swept away by your story instead of worrying over how many words you’re getting out an hour. Speed doesn’t equal success. But patience, hard work, and perseverance on the other hand…that’s the path to publication.

Do you like to write fast or slow? Have you ever beat yourself up for being a slow writer?  blog signature

The Ultimate Dystopian Playlist to Write a Killer Story

dystopian playlistHow would you like to listen to some awesome tunes that will help you keep writer’s block at bay and craft that dystopian story you’re dying to tell? *enticing eyebrow waggle*

Well luckily for you, I have spent hours scouring the far reaches of the internet and even braved the corners of the weird part of youtube in order to find the perfect songs to build a sweet dystopian-themed playlist. And because I am a nice person, I am going to share this playlist with you! 😉

I tried to choose songs that had futuristic or electronic sounds, or whose lyrics I thought could fit a dystopian/post apocalyptic world. Some of the songs have a darker feel to them, but I didn’t want the entire playlist to be completely depressing and hopeless so there are upbeat songs as well. I also included several scores without lyrics.

You can listen to the playlist here on youtube, or you can browse the songs below. Enjoy!

The Ultimate Dystopian Playlist

#1: Uprising by Muse

#2: Radioactive by Imagine Dragons

#3: Run Boy Run by Woodkid

#4: Stranger by Skrillex

#5: Who We Are by Imagine Dragons

#6: Everybody Wants to Rule the World by Lorde

#7: The Resistance by Muse

#8: Time is Running Out by Muse

#9: Hanging On by Ellie Goulding

#10: Pompeii by Bastille

#11: From Myself by Paul Hovermale

#12: Hey Brother by Aviichi

#13: Glory and Gore by Lorde

#14: Is Your Love Strong Enough by Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross

#15: Oblivion (featuring Susanne Sundfor) from the Oblivion soundtrack

#16: Midnight City by M83

#17: Intruder by Collide

#18: Help I’m Alive by Metric

#19: Unsustainable by Muse

#20: Apocalypse Please by Muse

Pt. II: Scores Without Lyrics

#1: Panoramic by Atticus Ross

#2: Outland by Atticus Ross

#3: Varuna by E.S. Posthumus

#4: Uprising by Audiomachine

#5: A Thousand Details from Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

So there you have it! How did I do? What songs would you have included on the playlist?

blog signature

15 Awesome Quotes on Writing

Quotes on WritingSometimes when you’re in a writing rut, a little inspiration or encouragement can give you the boost you need to get going again.

That’s why I love quotes on writing. Whenever my writing battery is on low, I browse through quotes to get recharged and re-motivated.

Whether the quotes inspire, make you laugh, or make you relate, it’s nice to know you’re not alone.

Here are 15 of my favorite quotes on writing.

1. “You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children.” ― Madeleine L’Engle

2. “Many people hear voices when no one is there. Some of them are called mad and are shut up in rooms where they stare at walls all day. Others are called writers and do pretty much the same thing.” ― Margaret Chittenden

3. “No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.” ― Robert Frost

4. “The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.” ― Mark Twain

5. “You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.” ― Ray Bradbury

6. “There is too little of what we really like in stories. I am afraid we shall have to try and write some ourselves.” ― C.S. Lewis

7. “Never let the odds keep you from doing what you know in your heart you were meant to do.” ― H. Jackson Brown Jr.

8. “I write for the same reason I breathe–because if I didn’t, I would die.” ― Isaac Asimov

9. “Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia.” ― E.L. Doctorow

10. “There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.” ― W. Somerset Maugham

11. “The first draft of anything is shit.” ― Ernest Hemingway

12. “You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.” ― Jack London

13. “The role of a writer is not to say what we can all say, but what we are unable to say.” ― Anaïs Nin

14. “People on the outside think there’s something magical about writing, that you go up in the attic at midnight and cast the bones and come down in the morning with a story, but it isn’t like that. You sit in back of the typewriter and you work, and that’s all there is to it.” ― Harlan Ellison

15. “I write to give myself strength. I write to be the characters that I am not. I write to explore all the things that I’m afraid of.” ― Joss Whedon

Do you have a writing quote that inspires you? Share it below!

blog signature

Confessions of a Grammar Nazi: 10 Grammar Pet Peeves

Confessions of a Grammar NaziHappy National Grammar Day!

Does the slaughter of the English language send you into a passionate rage? You’re not alone.

In celebration of Grammar Day, let’s get into the festive spirit by grumping about irksome grammar no-nos that rankle most any writer.

Here are my top 10 grammar pet peeves that will exasperate your inner grammar Nazi.

#1: Your/You’re

Why is this so baffling to people? Your is possessive. You’re is a contraction for you are. As in, if you continue to run amok with your grammar, you’re going to get a beat down from a grammar Natzi.

#2: They’re/Their/There

They’re going to have to take their atrocious grammar over there. Far, far away. Actually, why don’t we just set up a quarantine.

#3: Then/Than

If you say “I’d rather have Boromir take the ring then Frodo” I will cast you into the fires of Mt. Doom.

Not really. But it might cross my mind.

#4: Its/It’s

It’s an apostrophe, not a government conspiracy. Why must you find this so bewildering? It’s= it is, Its= possessive.

#5: Ending a Sentence with ‘at’

This one really grates on my nerves, and unfortunately I live in the south where this runs rampant.

Where you at? Where’s it at? Where did you put my keys at? I don’t know where she’s at.

*cringe* Is it too much to ask to just leave out the last word? Before I go on a grammar-induced rampage. For the sake of your safety and my sanity, just…don’t.

#6: Text Talk

My eyes…are burning.

If I have to decipher your text code that looks like it comes from an alien planet, I’m just going to assume it was written by a less-intelligent life form.

#7: Couldn’t Care Less/Could Care Less

“I could care less about your grammar shenanigans!”

Well thanks, glad to know you don’t care at all. That would be tragic.

#8: Unnecessary Quotation Marks

Umm, I’m sorry but what exactly are you trying to “say” here?

#9: Oxford Comma

If you don’t use the Oxford comma, we can’t be friends.

Just kidding. But I will judge you o.O

#10: Good/Well

And last but not least, “You did good!” *face palm* No, Mom/Dad, I did well. As in, you taught me well. So now I can correct your grammar 😉

What brings out your inner grammar Nazi?

blog signature