It’s time for the Spelling Test
Remember: no talking
If I see you talking
I will tear up your paper for cheating
Susan, what did I just say?
That’s right, NO TALKING.
Remember my clue:
Two cuffs, two sleeves
Michael, are you paying attention?
I’em a sawin bird in the ski
dragon wing tell mak me fli
a nite in rmer rides my bak
blazin sward helld hi for attak
Here’s the clue
One cup, two sugars
One cup, two sugars
Michael, have you got number one done yet?
The prinsess waits in her towa
walls of vine and flowa
a which chains her too a bed
kacklin lowdly makin dred
Michael! You haven’t even started!
How do you expect to write
if you can’t spell?
When I was at Primary School, I was not very good at spelling. Every week I would work hard to learn my list of 10 spellings. Then Friday would come and the test. I always got 10 out of 10 but still my writing in my exercise book had every other word underlined in red for being spelt wrong. I only learnt to spell by having a dictionary next to me and looking up every word as I wrote and by reading lots. Reading helps.
I’m sorry to say but often spelling gets in the way of good story writing, along with handwriting. Parents panic about it, pointing out any ‘simple’ errors to their children. Teachers fret about it because it can influence assessment scores.
This is bad.
By all this panic and fretting, you get very worried. You begin to believe that spelling and handwriting make a good story. That any story where it is a bit wobbly is not a good story.
When a writer is writing their story for the first time (first draft) there is only one thing they are worried about: getting to the end of the story. That’s right! You should only worry about getting your ideas down, following your characters as they go on their adventure in whatever world or place you have put them in.
That doesn’t mean writers ignore spelling, punctuation and that grammar stuff. It just means we check all that when we do a second draft. That’s a time to fix that.
Well, a published work should be readable. But you only worry about that at the very end. And you could always use a computer.
So stop worrying for now about that spelling and punctuation stuff. Sit down. Dream. And get that story down – to the end!