Tabs on Writing

The Business of Business Writing by John Tabellione, Principal at

Let Your Conscience Be Your Guide (for Spelling)

Date: 18 May 2019
Category: Grammar, Homophones, Special Words, Spelling

On this date in 1873 English writer Dorothy Richardson was born. Richardson is regarded as the pioneer of “stream of consciousness” narrative writing. The irony lies in that she was likely not conscious of the fact that her writing was anything unusual; that’s just the way her mind operated and then she proceeded, almost simultaneously, to apply pencil to paper for her novels.

“Stream of consciousness”  is a narrative writing device (coined by philosopher and psychologist William James)  that tries to be the equivalent of a character’s thought processes, as in a loose interior monologue or in connection to his or her actions. It’s characterized by associative leaps in thought and lack of some or all punctuation.

The following authors are among the famous writers whom Richardson influenced: James Joyce, William Faulkner, Marcel Proust, Virginia Woolf, and Fyodor Dostoevsky. When they wrote, however, they were apparently quite conscious of their writing process and prowess.

For those of us who write, blog, edit, and create other prose and poetry, though, we need to be more conscientious of our technique and—a word to wise—review/reread our manuscripts and not rely upon spellcheck only.

So, let your conscience be your spelling/grammar guide and do not be unconscious to what’s being published.





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