I wrote about writing again. This time it’s about what it’s like to write in English when it’s not your native language. You can read the article here.
Technically, it’s a bit rambling and unstructured, but the content is still very relevant to me. Perhaps the most important thing to me personally was to openly state that I’m writing in English even though it’s my second language.
I’ve never actually denied it, but I’ve also tried my best not to draw any attention to it. I worried that people would let that affect their judgment of my writing. These days, I don’t let that concern me very much. I’ve grown to learn that writing is about more than just correct grammar and spelling – and then I’m not even including storytelling in writing.
The cool thing is that a lot of the principles (I really don’t like to call them rules) for writing and storytelling apply the same regardless of what language you’re writing in. It took me a while to understand this, but now that I have, it doesn’t feel like such a big deal that others might know I’m writing in my second language.
My skill, or lack of skill, at spelling and grammar, don’t really matter if my skill at storytelling isn’t up to scratch. If I write a boring story, it doesn’t matter how well, or how badly, it’s spelled.
That’s not to say I don’t care for spelling and grammar, rather the opposite. Because I’m not a native English speaker I’m putting in quite a lot of effort into making sure I get it right. I don’t always succeed, and I make plenty of mistakes that my poor beta reader has to point out – some of them more than once.
When I first joined the article team on Mythic Scribes I was a little concerned that me being a non-native English speaker would be a bad thing for me. I’ve realised that’s not necessarily the case.
Sure, I’m not going to write technical articles about language rules, but I can still write about how to plan a conversation, or how to set up a description. These are things I would have done the same regardless of whether I was writing in English or in Swedish.