I am currently grading student screenplays. My spell check policy has been made clear to them since the first day of class. “Don’t run your spell check, get an F.” Now, after an entire semester, they are turning in their final assignments. 1/4 so far have failed to run their spell check. Wow. Even I am amazed. So I created this handout for the first day of next semester’s class.
This stuff matters.
“I read to the first typo.”
If you have a word spelled wrong, you get an F. Everyone should know this by now. To understand my motivation, read chapter 78 in my most illuminating book.
Basically, it’s a matter of professionalism.
I have devoted my life to writing. To keep from blowing my brains out every day, I must think writing, and writing well, actually matters. So if you don’t think writing, and writing well matters, you make me feel I have wasted my life.
I run my spell check. You can too.
To give it a different light, if I put in my syllabus that I loathe the New York Knicks and that if you so much as mention the New York Knicks in a homework, I will give you an F… what about that would be unclear?
Why would you then mention the New York Knicks in a homework?
Would that be clever?
Endeavor to make me feel I have not wasted my life.