On Writing

Why do we write?
It is probably best if I let the professionals answer this question.

The reason one writes isn’t the fact he wants to say something. He writes because he has something to say. – F. Scott Fitzgerald

Writing is the best way to talk without being interrupted. – Jules Renard

We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in introspection. – Anais Nin

I write for the same reason I breathe – because if I didn’t, I would die. – Isaac Asimov

We write because, as J. Michael Stracznski says, “Like everyone else, I am going to die. But the words – the words live on for as long as there are readers to see them, audiences to hear them. It is immortality by proxy. It is not really a bad deal, all things considered.”

How do I become a better writer?
Oh, that is an excellent question. Let me present you with this analogy. Michael Jordan is arguably the greatest basketball player to ever lace up a pair of sneakers. He did not, however, just become the greatest. During his sophomore year in high school, Michael Jordan did not make the basketball team. Instead, fellow sophomore Leroy Smith made it. Did Jordan just give up? No, he practiced. And practiced. And practiced some more. He shot thousands upon thousands of jump shots, studied other players, listened to coaches, and worked tirelessly in the pursuit of becoming the best.

Writing is the same way. Writing is a skill. It takes practice to become a good writer and above all, it takes a desire to want to write. You want to know how to become a better writer? Read as much as possible and learn from those authors. Write, write, and write some more. Ask questions. Edit yourself. Allow others to edit your work. Rewrite. Learn about grammar, structure, and form. Read some more. Write some more.

This guide hopes to provide resources, inspiration, and direction so that you may become a good writer. Nay, a great writer.

So write on, you crazy diamond. Write because you have something to say. Write because you can.


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