Learning Through Osmosis

I belong to many writing groups and I get insulted by the folks who constantly rant about grammar. You see, it is a commonly held belief that those who wish to be writers should study grammar and know the rules (different depending on the school you follow)   before you even dream of being a writer.

I have studied the rules of grammar and they don’t stick in my head.

I could blame a sister who dropped me on my head when I was a baby or the fact that I nearly drowned as a toddler, but I think the answer is that my natural language is science and math (you know, the things where the rules don’t change according to the book your reading).

And I’m perfectly happy with how my brain works. It’s gotten me a job I like (most of the time) and allows me to see patterns that help me create stories.

So as I’m going through dozens of emails being lectured to, I read the common cliche about how if I was a reader than I would naturally absorb the grammar rules by osmosis.

Ha! I have a BS in Biology and I know osmosis

These twiddlebaums are lecturing me about learning this way. Well, let me explain osmosis. Osmosis is the movement of solvents (some) across a membrane from a low concentration to a high concentration.

Water being the most common solvent in the body will flow from say your blood stream into your cells which is a fancy way of saying what is in the cells will be diluted. So maybe I do learn by osmosis in that every time I read up on the subject I seem to understand grammar less. So falling asleep with a book as a pillow may actually make you dumber not smarter.

That may explain a lot about those kids that slept in class.

Of course, it is possible that for small molecules to do the same. But strictly speaking then you’d have to know a lot about something for you to learn anything else. Very counter-intuitive. And if we go back to our water solvent (which is mainly what osmosis is about), then flooding your smarty pants heads with all that extraneous grammar stuff will cause your head to explode.

Either way, the metaphor doesn’t work and maybe the grammar police should have paid better attention during biology class.

So there.

Now I feel better.

About Linda Andrews

Linda Andrews lives with her husband and three children in Phoenix, Arizona. When she announced to her family that her paranormal romance was to be published, her sister pronounce: "What else would she write? She’s never been normal." All kidding aside, writing has become a surprising passion. So just how did a scientist start to write paranormal romances? What other option is there when you’re married to romantic man and live in a haunted house? If you’ve enjoyed her stories or want to share your own paranormal experience feel free to email the author at www.lindaandrews.net She’d love to hear from you.
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2 Responses to Learning Through Osmosis

  1. danrshaw says:

    most story tellers write like they talk and in fact so do most people…I would rather have a story written by someone more concerned with the story than with the little nuts and bolts of it. Those writers who are concerned with the nuts and bolts I believe get tripped up so much they forget they are telling a story. Your job as a scientist satisfies the need to worry about the nuts and bolts.

    • I understand the need to balance the practical (grammar) side with the story telling, but you’re right many writers get so wrapped up in the minutia the story suffers.
      Of course, I see the story telling as an art form and art makes it’s own rules. Then again, I tell myself that so I don’t have to worry about that grammar stuff:-)

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