Grammar. Whether you love it or hate it, it’s a critical part of writing. The rules matter, and they’re often changing, which keeps writers on their toes and sparks grammar debates to delight the inner geek in all of us. Write-minded debuts with the most grammar-minded guest around, Mignon Fogarty (aka, Grammar Girl). In this episode, Grant and Brooke delve into perfectionism, the rules (and when to break them), and editing. And if grammar intimidates you, don’t worry, you’re still gonna love this episode.


Mignon Fogarty (aka, Grammar Girl) is the founder of the Quick and Dirty Tips network and creator of Grammar Girl, which has been named one of Writer’s Digest’s 101 best websites for writers. Mignon is the author of the New York Times best-seller Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing and six other books on writing. She has appeared as a guest on the “Oprah Winfrey Show” and the “Today Show” and has been featured in the New York Times, Business Week, the Washington Post, USA Today,, and more. She has a B.A. in English from the University of Washington in Seattle and an M.S. in biology from Stanford University. Find her online at @GrammarGirl.

Writing Action: First Draft, No Grammar

  • Write a page or two of pure stream of consciousness, without any punctuation.
  • Then type what you write into computer and add punctuation, edit, and see how that changes the flow—and helps add meaning and rhythm.

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