On Writing

I’d hardly qualify myself as an expert when it comes to the art of writing, but I can say that it’s something that I’ve grown to love over the years. I really do appreciate words well spoken and written.

If I had any advice for those wanting to get better at writing, I’d be tempted to say that you go find one of the myriad of books and videos and other media that discuss writing in detail.

But it’s one thing to talk and read about writing and quite another to write. So my advice is this– read as much as you can and write as much as you can. That’s how you get better.

My goal is to write something every single day. Hence these blog posts. I can tell you from experience that you truly get better at writing by writing in the same way that you improve in speaking a foreign language not so much by studying verb tenses and pronouns but by immersing yourself in that culture and actually speaking the language in conversation.

It doesn’t matter if you think you’re a good writer or not. It doesn’t matter that you’re especially good with matching subject and verbs or using correct grammar. Just write. You will find the more you write the better you get.

Also, don’t try to copy someone else. You find your own voice and stay true to it. That goes for any kind of artistic medium, whether it be acting or singing or writing or painting or anything else. You can be a second-rate copy of someone else or you can be a first-rate you.

Now go write something.

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