Writing is a Skill

I am feeling a little frustrated with the quality of my writing. It has been a struggle to produce many of these posts and it irritates me.

I am irritated because the process has been a little grueling and I am just not used to struggling to find the right words. Writing is a skill that requires practice, especially if you want to be a good writer.

One of the many reasons that I enjoy blogging is the opportunity to practice my writing as well as the chance to see what others are doing. There are some very fine writers in cyberspace and I am very impressed by their skills as wordsmiths.

Some of them produce work that comes across as having been effortless, the pieces are eloquent and elegant. It is the kind of writing that I wish to be able to produce consistently. One of my big challenges in hitting the mark is that I do not like to review and polish my work. Once it is on screen I am content to let it sit there and speak for itself.

In part it is laziness and in part ego. I know that most of what I produce is solid, but it could be better. It can always be better, there are more descriptive words that can be used, words that really impact the reader and express the intent and desire of the author.

I am trying to teach my children to always set the bar higher, to reach for the ring that seems to be just out of reach. And yet here I am admitting to my own laziness, a bit hypocritical, but………

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  1. Shoshana December 3, 2004 at 4:12 pm

    I have the same feelings about my blogging. I am awestruck by those writers who can use just a few words and make me feel so many different ways, and understand what they are saying so well. But I don’t want to have to put in the effort to revise and reword several times before posting (heck, half the time I forget to run a spell check). If only good writing was easy to do…

  2. Stacey December 3, 2004 at 2:55 pm

    “Some of them produce work that comes across as having been effortless, the pieces are eloquent and elegant.”

    …which describes your writing. Not bad for an Angelean.

  3. Anonymous December 3, 2004 at 1:03 pm

    Humans think in feelings, it is the skill of a writer to translate these feelings into words. Writing that is too much thought out is crampy and inaccessible. Translate thoughts into words, and people will recognize. Recognition is the trademark of a good writer. Not the size of the vocabulary.


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