Over at Compuserve there has been a little discussion on spelling and grammar. Did you know experts now say spelling is genetic? It was new to me.
I'm sure you've noticed on my blog that I struggle with spelling and grammar. I don't understand it. No matter how much I've studied and memorized "rules" it doesn't make sense to me.
While it is nice to have something to blame my struggles on it doesn't get me off the hook, nor is it an excuse to stop trying. While some people may find spelling and grammar easy anyone can learn it. I can put together a coherent sentence. Most days. I just have to work harder at it than others who are talented that way. It's the same for any skill or talent, some will be good at it, others will have to work harder, but that doesn't mean they can't do it.
Spelling and grammar are very important to writers. They are the building blocks of our sentences and thus our stories. It's not right or professional to believe that editors will clean it up for us. That's not their job. It's our job to make it the best we can and that includes spelling and grammar.
Do you think these are skills writers need to know?