During my school career, English was not a subject in which I had much interest, due I think, to the fact that I was mildly dyslexic and completely confused by all of the rules in English class. Though at the time, had no clue as to the reason for my confusion.
In 1974, after moving to VA BEACH, VA I took a job that had me working from 1600 HOURS to Mid-Night. Because of that circumstance I took on the habit of reading a copy of the local newspaper @ that time, The VIRGINIAN PILOT / LEDGER STAR & reading it quite literally, from cover to cover while sitting in a local greasy spoon awaiting the start of my shift.
With that, I became enamoured of reading the paper daily, and on occasion when available, more than one. Now it is the Cleveland Plain Dealer & the editorial page of the WSJ.
What I noticed this habit produced was a growing appreciation for not only the written words, but the way they were put together, column inch after column inch. I simply love the language and all of the nuances it contains i.e., synonyms, antonyms, murmur diphthongs (yes, I attended Catholic elementary school in the mid 50's whose curriculum then stressed phonics) usage, structure...all of it.
I strive daily to improve my understanding of the rules and uses and I truly wish I was able to more effectively use it in it's written form. I am currently taking a few creative writing "online" classes and that is how I came upon this site.