I'm going to begin at the very farthest end of the rabbit hole here.
I'm not a gamer. When I was a kid, I loved playing NES with my brothers, and then I graduated to my very own Gameboy, which I only had two games for. Later, I was addicted to The Sims, but that was an open-ended, independent game.
My beau likes to play games. So when he asked me if I wanted to play one of his favorites with him, I did. And then some stranger called me a noob.
It shouldn't have hurt my feelings, but it stung. And sure, we joke about it now, tell friends and laugh about it – especially because I don't come off as a gamer at all. So certainly, I am a noob. It’s a fitting title. But when we were talking about it with our friends over the weekend, they asked me: If I were in a grammar contest with someone who knew nothing about grammar, wouldn’t I feel the same way?
No, I wouldn’t.
You see it all over the internet. People calling each other out for using the wrong “your” or “there,” or any number of other errors.
Here’s the thing: We are lucky to live in an era where we can freely write what we think, say things that we want people to know about. Okay, so some people don’t get their thoughts out clearly – just as some people can’t win a video game. But on The Night of the Noob, my boyfriend and I played the tutorial a couple of times, then he went on to play a real match and I read my book. It’s not to say that I will never play it again, but I haven’t been as excited to try since then.
We should encourage each other to do better, not bring them down for not doing things the right way.
So that’s what this blog is going to focus on. I’m going to write things to help us become better writers: tips, obscure grammar rules, helpful books… things like that.
If there’s something you would like to know about, tell me. And don’t think I’m judging you if you misspell something or write something the “wrong way.” We are all in this together, and since the rules are constantly changing, maybe, in a way, we’re all noobs.