Posted on 07/14/2022 at 09:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

It's cliché among English speakers learning another language to exclaim how the process has taught them so much about English grammar.

(Are you a native speaker of languages other than English? Tell us if you do the same thing! We can only speak for our own experiences, of course.)

But Kristine Kathryn Rusch has come to another interesting observation about communication in one’s native language, brought about by learning another one.

She’s learning Spanish and often finds herself fumbling for a word, and she’s recently taken to grabbing the closest word she can come to, versus asking how to say the “right” one.

And that’s how she came to think about writers who fixate on the language as they’re working.

Her suggestion, to them, is to keep their focus on the storytelling, rather than the form it takes.

Read her full thoughts on how the wrong attitude toward words can lead to writing failure on her blog.

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