“What surprises me most about people’s skills is how poor their writing and grammar are, even for college graduates.” Eleonora Sharef, co-founder of HireArt.
Sharef was referring to job applicants, but I also see an enormous tsunami of “indy” or “self-published” writers who lack writing and grammar skills. These knuckleheads have proliferated because it’s easy to become a “published” writer via vanity presses, POD publishing and eBooks.
It’s shocking and unacceptable, and why I couldn’t stomach our local writers’ group after two meetings. With the exception of a local newspaper reporter and a young wannabe novelist, no one in the room had a clue about the basics of writing nor did they have any desire to learn. Heaven forbid anyone would fact-check, proofread his/her work or spell correctly. That’s for amateurs!
One old fellow, who they cheer on and applaud for some incomprehensible reason, has self-published 33 books of unreadable, unsellable drivel! They’re an oozing mass of co-dependent, lazy, talentless numbskulls. And there are millions more out there in Cyberspace! Scary!