Lousy authors don't comprehend this, which is why they're bad writers. They believe their work has attained a particular degree of brilliance, thus they are frequently resistant to revising or rewriting. They might appear pompous, proud, and arrogant. But it's simply sloth and dread (mostly fear).
The good news is that you can learn how to be a better writer.
The bad news is that you have to want to be a good writer.
Being a bad writer is easy. You just need the right circumstances. The problem is that nobody knows you're a bad writer until you tell them. So keep your failures private and only show your best work to the world.
Here are some signs that you are a bad writer:
You feel satisfied when you finish a piece of writing.
You hate to write but you need to earn a living.
Your ideas are interesting but your writing isn't coherent.
Your grammar and spelling are poor.
Other people can see the flaws in your work but you cannot.
You think everyone else is as bad as you are.
Writing is harder than you thought it would be.
Bad writers often have trouble distinguishing reality from fantasy.
Bad authors keep writing badly because they have numerous reasons—in their opinion, very excellent reasons—for doing so. Writers are awful because they cling to the reasons of poor writing. Bad writing is protective; excellent writing is an attempt to make the self as exposed as possible. Good writing is not only open to change but requires it.
Writing is not magic; it isn't even particularly mysterious. Writing well is all about consistency, clarity in thinking and expressing that thought through language, and accuracy in detail. These things can be learned, and this book will teach you how.
Writing is not a skill that some people are born with and others aren't. It is a skill like any other and can be learned by anyone who decides to work at it. In fact, writing well is one of the most important skills for humans to learn because we need to communicate our ideas successfully if we are to understand each other. And while some people are naturally good communicators, others not so much. But it's not something that you are born with or without. You can learn it just like anything else.
Writing is not the same as publishing a journal or a diary. Publishing a book requires different skills and approaches. However, what applies to books also applies to articles and reports since they serve the same purpose: to communicate information from one person to another.
Bad writing typically includes lengthy exposition dumps inside dialogue—characters repeating what they already know for the advantage of the audience or reader alone, or telling us stories about events that occurred off-screen or away from the story being presented. Readers and viewers are astute....
Another reason I believe so many authors despise writing is because, AT FIRST—and this is essential, because the benefits of a writing practice are too many to begin to list—writing requires so much while offering so little in return. You can't eat or sleep or take a bath when you're trying to write something good, and yet so many artists seem to live and breathe their work.
The more I think about it, the more I believe the main reason writers hate writing is that it's hard work. It's work that doesn't pay, and yet it is still work. There are so many distractions out there, so many easier ways to spend your time and energy that writing isn't easy. It's not like doing other things we love which also don't pay off financially...
For example, if you want to be a musician and play in a band, then you need to practice playing the guitar. But how long will it take you to become good at playing music? Maybe a year or two if you're really lucky. But what use is learning to play music if nobody wants to hear you play? Most people who want to be musicians know this already, so they don't waste their time practicing if they don't hope to make any money from it.
The conclusion for all authors is that we can all develop and that we are not limited by an innate, predetermined amount of writing skill. Good authors are not created. They are gaining knowledge. They are learning from their mistakes and improving their skills.
Good writers—better-than-competent writers—examine their effects before writing them down. They are always thinking in this manner. Bad authors never investigate anything. Their inattention to the specifics of their language is linked to their inattention to the details of the outer world. 10 out of 10 people who read this will agree with me.
The best way to become a better writer is by reading more and more books. However, not all books are equal. Some books are worth much more than others. The more familiar you become with good writing, the more likely you are to identify it elsewhere. For example, if you read Middlemarch by George Eliot and think it's boring, you won't be able to take pleasure in Mr. Collins by Jane Austen. She wrote something different but equally good.
Of course, learning how to write well is also important. But only studying what other writers have done can make you aware of the many different ways things can be expressed in language. There are so many different devices available for expressing ideas and emotions that no two authors could possibly use all of them. By experimenting with different forms, we expand our range as writers.
The more you know about how words work together on the page, the better you'll be able to communicate your ideas effectively.
Some authors are afraid of poverty, while others are afraid of obscurity; some are afraid of producing a dull book, while others are afraid of writing a shallow one; some are afraid their work is too literary, while others are afraid it is not literary enough. The list goes on and on, and it is as diverse as the stories these writers tell in their offices. Some fears are good and useful, while others are unnecessary and even harmful.
The main thing is that we should all find something to be afraid of. That way we stay focused, keep working hard, and avoid falling into a fear-induced slump.
Writing is not easy and there are many obstacles that can stop us from finishing what we start. Fear is one of them - fear of failure, fear of rejection, fear of the unknown. We fear what we do not understand and what we do not know, so it makes sense that writers would have such strong feelings about their work.
But instead of letting our fears control us, we need to face them head-on and figure out how to deal with them. This will help us grow as writers and menance those fears that may have kept us from success before.
Writers need to be aware of their fears and why they exist. Only then can they be defeated. In order to do this, we must first take a look at what scares us.
There are two types of fears: natural and cultural.
Successful writers, like any good communicator, are concerned with one and only one thing: attaching their audience to the tale. Good authors write in a way that their intended audience can understand. Big words, small words, invented words, and even text talk are all fair game. As long as the author makes his or her point clear, what kind of language is used is secondary.
Being a good writer means being able to convey information and ideas through the use of language. That may seem obvious, but it's not. Many people think that writing is only about expressing yourself clearly and correctly, when in fact writing is also about engaging an audience and keeping them interested until the end of the piece. It takes skill to do this successfully.
Language is how we transmit knowledge from generation to generation. It is also how we share our experiences with others, build relationships, and keep memories alive. Language is therefore very important. It is also limited, which is why many people have trouble communicating effectively. Language has its barriers which must be overcome if communication is going to be possible.
The first barrier is simple lack of knowledge. If you don't know what something means, you can't explain it. This is why children need help learning language -- they don't learn it by themselves because they don't have enough experience to know what things mean. Adults who want to communicate with children should remember this.