They taught us that to be a writer, we needed to learn to write the proper way. And most don’t see an issue with starting a sentence with a conjunction or ending it with a preposition. What I learned can be summed up in two points: I know my story isn’t singular. If this is what we’re taught, it’s not surprising that the majority of people never write for fun after leaving high school.And there’s no room in the craft for untalented clods who aren’t willing to follow the rules. We’re simultaneously developing mediums that help people spread ideas like never before while discouraging people’s interest in using them.As someone who’s natural inclination is to overcomplicate the simple, this question often keeps me grounded in the logical. I can talk about some of the mindsets I adopted to turn writing from a chore into an interest. Just as every morning my son insists on spreading toys all over the living room floor before he can start playing, I need to see the full landscape of thoughts before I can see what I’d like to write.
Pulitzer-winning writer Jennifer Egan offers similar advice for aspiring writers,“You can only write regularly if you’re willing to write badly. One should accept bad writing as a way of priming the pump, a warm-up exercise that allows you to write well.”Most people don’t notice things. In a truly inspiring book on writing, Anne Lamott shows us the benefit of better observing life as it progresses around us,“One of the gifts of being a writer is that it gives you an excuse to do things, to go places and explore.
The alternative — telling the whole truth — is much more scarce. He was someone who put systems in place to support creativity and demanded a level of quality that perfected his products to a level of genius.
Mike Posner’s You Tube video, I Took a Pill in Ibiza, has nearly one billion views. Use your experiences to put your own spin on things. After all, Andy Warhol didn’t invent Campbell’s soup.
They’re caught in their own world or busy looking at their phones for distraction updates. They’re thinking about what they want to say next and waiting for that pause so they can interrupt. They’re quick to find articles that reinforce their own ideas and push them further to the edge. When you start noticing, you watch for motivations. Another is that writing motivates you to look closely at life, at life as it lurches by and tramps around.”“Find a subject you care about and which you in your heart feel others should care about.
But when you’re trying to write, you start noticing. When you start noticing, you take the time to listen to other people’s thoughts. When you start noticing, you study other people’s behaviors. It is this genuine caring, not your games with language, which will be the most compelling and seductive element in your style.” — Kurt Vonnegut Ask someone about their passion and their eyes usually light up.