Alex Camlin

Learning to write well

I find that writing the first sentence is the hardest.

When I write, I often replace the words in a sentence multiple times before I finish writing the sentence. I rewrote that sentence five times before putting the full stop. When I write, I suddenly remember how powerful words can be. That’s when I start second guessing. When I write, sometimes, I become anxious.

Could I have phrased this better?

Am I being clear and coherent?

Surely there is another word which is much more suitable?

Looking back, I used to write songs, poems and stories as a pastime. The words always seemed to flow out of my pen and onto the paper effortlessly. Of course, I made a few minor adjustments as I wrote, but never to today’s extent. I miss it. What happened to that fearless child?

Well, first of all, my work was often private. It was a form of expression but not for public consumption. It was not being assessed and graded. I wonder if through learning more about literature, writing styles and genres, my natural ability has been condensed or warped. With age comes fear. Whilst writing this post, I am convincing myself not to continue down this path of being afraid of my words. If I want to write well that fear must be vanquished!

After the fear is quelled, then comes the writing.  Whether I am typing or handwriting, to write well, you must write. It’s necessary to learn from your mistakes not to cower away from them. There is power in words, but there is strength in you.

When writing for a blog or completing a project, it’s important to remember your first motivations for doing it, even though they may change. I enjoying writing because it’s expressive, creative and imaginative. When the right words are placed together, the effect is captivating.

It is a magical thing for a handful of words, artfully arranged, to stop time. To conjure a place, a person, a situation, in all its specificity and dimensions. To affect us and alter us, as profoundly as real people and things do.

-Jhumpa Lahiri, “My Life’s Sentences”

Trust in your ability to be great and to do great things.

3fittingwords for this post: perseverance, trust, write

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