About Carol

This is the story behind why I created carolda.com:

I learned to read at about age 4 and started writing not long after. I was always two grade levels higher in my English classes and got straight As. In fact, I was usually the one who tutored others in writing, which I loved.

The years after high school brought many twists and turns, but reading, writing, and helping others write remained at center stage. In life and in business, I was often called upon to proofread or edit some text or other. In particular, during the five years I worked in an insurance agency, I was the “go-to” editor and proofreader for most the agents and service reps. Needless to say, I was very confident in my writing skills.

However, all that confidence crumbled one day in 2005 when I took an online course to become a Virtual Assistant that was run by someone I trusted and admired. At the end of the course, there was a required final exam which I passed. BUT, she took 10 full points off for grammar and she told me, “The content of your writing is good, but your grammar needs serious work.” She also told me that I would have to take a class on grammar before I could join the registry part of the website (which partners Virtual Assistants with people looking to work with Virtual Assistants).

Probably because I so trusted this woman, all the confidence I had in my writing skills plummeted. For a brief minute, I even briefly considered giving up altogether. Of course, that thought was silly and impractical. Besides, I am not one to quit or give up easily. Some people (a.k.a my husband, family and friends!) may call me stubborn. 🙂

So, I took the grammar course that the woman recommended, and I decided to learn all I could about grammar and to do everything I could to improve my writing skills. Therefore, I didn’t take just one grammar course, I took several – five, to be exact! Along the way, I learned a few things.

First, I learned that I truly love grammar. To me, grammar is a game or a puzzle. Looking at a piece of writing, or even just a sentence, and using my grammar skills to improve the writing is enjoyable and fun. (Yes, I am a little cray cray!)

Second, I learned that most grammar programs are boring, unpractical and not suited for the average person. Most programs (at least a few that I joined) are geared to those for whom English is a second language. Those programs are great, and very important, but often they were too basic and slow for those of us whom English is their native language.

Third, I learned that it is okay not to be perfect! Even the most talented grammarian, who knows all the rules by heart, can (and does) miss an error during the editing and proofreading process.

Finally, I learned that I am not alone. I’ve talked with and worked with a lot of people who don’t have confidence in their writing. They have important messages and gifts to offer the world but hold back because they don’t think their writing is good enough.

Thus, Carolda.com was born. My goal is to offer quick and easy grammar tips that self-publishing authors and solo entrepreneurs can implement right away to improve their writing skills and increase their confidence.

And one more thing, if you have any grammar or writing questions, please don’t hesitate to ask! You can contact me at Carol-at-carolda-dot-com or through the contact page.


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