Apologize for being a word nerd? Never. Apologize for being a grammarian? Well…this is a double-edged sword for fiction writers. After all, we need to bend rules in fiction, don’t we? We can’t have our characters sounding like prim and proper 50’s librarians. No offense intended. I’m a teacher so often my teacher comes out, and I am hit with the need to grab that red ink pen and go to town. Over the years, I’ve learned to curb that urge.
Still, while we can’t write fiction as if it’s a grammar text-book, we can’t write it in such a way that the reader is stumbling over words and sentences that are awkward and misplaced and misleading. It’s important to know when throwing the rule book out is a good thing and improves your work and when it’s impairing meaning.
Are you a grammarian, too? Do you want to edit road side signs? Menus? Newspapers?