we're in a rush to write our college essays, our work emails, our facebook posts, our instagram captions, and so on. i get it. i also get that it's natural to make a mistake or two when you're writing speedily. but how do we recognize our grammar mistakes when speed is not the issue? when we've taken our time, edited our work with spellcheck and proofread it more than once? i have a simple solution...read your words out loud. sometimes, we think our sentence structure is correct and our paragraphs flow because there are no green and/or red editing lines bringing our attention to a mistake; however, that doesn't always mean that what we've written makes sense.
the next time you write something that you're unsure about, try reading it aloud and see if it helps you recognize your written mistake(s). i strongly believe it will.
be brave, writers!