Grammar is your friend.
Really. Seriously. It’s that kind of friend who you sometimes ignore, but always understands what the hell you’re talking about, or at least attempting to.
I’m not out to write a how-to guide for grammar. That’s already been done by people who are more knowledgeable in the area than I am (in the process of typing this post, I made and caught three grammatical errors).
I would like to point out that good grammar is key, but quite a few people already know that.
Instead, a story.
When I was younger, I was involved in a creative writing group. One member thought that she was above using proper grammar–and that if she got her story published, her editor would figure it out.
I refused to read her story beyond the first paragraph.
While it may seem that grammar can be fixed by others, people should take the initiative to learn it themselves. Stop making excuses. Do it.