Quick Tip: Don’t smother writing with your red pen

Sometimes writers sabotage their own stories by ensuring every sentence is grammatically correct, as if they were turning it in to their middle school English teacher. Read through many of the great literary works, though, and you’ll find enough grammar and mechanical errors to make a spell check program explode. Are you taking the “life” out of your story by smothering it with your red correction pen? Read a paragraph that you’ve corrected and then the original. Which sounds better?