Gram’s Gremlins

Some other gremlins that can haunt our writing:


Snobbery.   Sometimes, it’s difficult for Gram to read posts that have grammar or other issues.  She sees that many people seem to like the post/article/etc., but she can’t understand why.  She cannot see the value of the content through the filter of her grammar nazi-ism.  She has to learn to see the value in content, especially in such things as blog posts, which are not in the professional realm.  Grammar is important, but it is not everything.


Reverse snobbery.  Have you ever looked at someone’s article and thought, “I could do better.”?  How about “It’s grammatically correct, but the content is lacking.”  The attributes of snobbery could go on for a long time, because there are many ways in which we can judge someone else’s writing, style, content, abilities, credentials, etc.  Reverse snobbery is all about back-handed judging.  It often makes us feel good about ourselves, because we are not snobs, but we are!  We are just more subtle about it.


Time wasters.  Gram and Imma waste time differently, but they are both guilty.  Gram’s perfectionism causes her to spend non-productive time seeking to make sure her work is perfect.  She also has trouble discerning how best to spend her time because of the many options she encounters.  Seeking too many opportunities often leaves her scrambling to perfect too many pieces, and missing out on other important things, like sleep and friendships.  Gram needs to carefully select the most important work only or allow some of her work to go unperfected.


Over-achiever-itis.  Gram may also forego opportunities because of the work she knows she will have to put into making the project meet her standards.  Occasionally, she sees herself as not good enough, even though she surpasses many of her peers, because she  doesn’t achieve her own standard of perfectionism.   She may also abandon a project at any point along the way in frustration, should the task loom as too hard by her ownoverachieving standards.


Not working well with others.  Gram’s  perfectionism and over-achiever-itis often lead to anoth gremlin:  an inability to workwell with others.  She finds herself frustrated(and cranky) when working in a group because others may not have her stringent standards.  She will often do the lion’s share of the work in an attempt to control the quality of an item that will bear her name.  She may run over the feelings of others in the process.  Gram does not lightly sign her moniker and expects her name to be associated with what she perceives as quality work.


A new definition of normal.  In fact, Gram doesn’t recognize normal because for her normal is set at a point where others would say she over-achieves.  She may even perfect so far as to eliminate her ‘voice’ from a project, making her writing somewhat clinical or lofty instead of readable.  Since she has difficulty seeing this, she may struggle to understand her reader’s objections to or ignoring of her work.  In other words she writes the readability right out of her writing instead of allowing her personality to shine through.  By the way, Imma doesn’t care about normal, she is into  uniqueness.


Copycatism.  This gremlin haunts both Gram and Imma, but for different reasons.  Imma is just experimenting with new things.  She often does this in a way that does not make judgements about her own work.  Gram, on the other hand, often does envy the abilities of others.  Rather than appreciate her own work, she can, at times, try to tweak her work to emulate someone she admires or sees as having something she does not.  Were she not comparing herself and finding herself wanting, this is a great way to learn new writing styles.  When Gram does this, however, she loses sight of her real self and often winds up frustrated.  Emulating others is not a bad thing, but emulating others because you like their way better never really works.   Gram sometimes doesn’t realize that people like HER voice — like it is.


Did you find yourself in any of these gremlins?  

Did you find something new about yourself or your writing?

How do you deal with your own writing gremlins?

What does accepting your own voice mean to you?

Have you seen other gremlins hovering around your own work or that of another?



  1. What a subtle way to put it out there. Really nice! Gotta love it. Thanks.

    Personally, I have NO gremlins as I am, of course, PURR-fect.

    • Ha ha ha ha! Subtle – yup, that’s me! Yes, I have no gremlins either, I get all this from watching other people. Believe that?????? Thanks for stopping in and making me laugh:)

  2. I find myself in the gremlin that says I have to revise this again (yes again) before I press the publish button. Good post.

    • I have a fight in my brain. Gram is horrified if something goes out that is not perfect. I think Imma deliberately allows things to slip through, just to keep Gram from getting too obnoxious 🙂

  3. Its wonderful as your other blog posts : D, regards for posting . “For peace of mind, we need to resign as general manager of the universe.” by Larry Eisenberg.

    • Thank you, Ahmad.


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