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April 09, 2014

Is It Possible To Teach Writing?

Thinking about writing isn't writing, going to a class isn't writing, taking a workshop on writing isn't writing, only...

writing is writing.

And writing, good writing at least, is real work.

I love writing; writing at its best is therapeutic, restorative and creative. But even at its best, or perhaps even especially at its best, writing is exhausting.

Writing, like any skill, takes time to master. But as with music, the real difference is in inherent talent. Some people are just better story tellers than others.

Here's a link to an article criticizing the time and money involved in creative writing degrees - http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/news/the-independent-bath-literaturefestival-creative-writing-courses-are-a-waste-of-time-says-hanif-kureishi-who-teaches-one-9166697.html.

And if you think good grammar goes unnoticed, take a look at this article about a bank robber who uses grammar correctly - http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2014/04/08/meet-the-colorado-bank-robber-dubbed-the-good-grammar-bandit/.

As this article points out, there are many stories of criminals with illegible or incoherent writing, but there is something particularly striking about an articulate bank robber.

Grammatical accuracy and good story telling take time, practice and skill, and I encourage you to take that extra bit of time to make your writing worth reading.

The more you write, the better your writing will be.


Posted by mmorf at April 9, 2014 11:31 PM


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