If your degree is in journalism, you’re in luck. You won’t have to write something that is actually publishable in a paper. You can write in your books, or you can learn to write it for yourself.
For most of us, it’s not about writing anything, but about learning to write.
The whole point of making a choice to write a book is because you have to know that you can. You don’t have to be a genius and write something perfect. And if you never can write for yourself, you can never make a choice to write anything.
To those of us who have been writing for ourselves, we can now take a cue from the college kids and say, “I need to write.” To those of us who have never written, we can now say, “I need to learn to write.
The problem is, the very thing that makes us want to write, writing for ourselves, is the very thing that can make us stop. Sure, we all have a list of things we want to learn about. But most of us don’t actually do any of those things. And that’s why it’s so easy for us to say, “I need to learn to write.
There is a lot of information out there about how to write. But if you don’t actually write, don’t expect to get much out of this. To have a good writer, you have to be willing to sit down and write. You have to be willing to sit down and start writing even if its just a few pages.
Writing is a skill that can be learned. It just takes an inordinate amount of effort. We can all start writing and learn to write. But we can also sit down for a while and learn how to write. The first step is to realize that writing is a skill, and that it will take time to get used to.
Writing is also not a skill unto itself. It is a set of skills that we can learn to use. For example, writing can be a skill to learn to use when we learn how to code or computer programming. If we learn to code, we can learn to write. Writing is a skill to learn when we learn how to learn, and when we learn how to learn we can learn to write. It is a skill that can be learned by practicing.
I’m writing right now in my dorm room, and my first step is to realize that I need to practice. I have a few classes coming up in the next few days, and I’m going to spend a lot of time on my dorm room desk. As a result of my practice, I can see how I can write on my computer. And when I do finally get my first piece of writing done, I will have written something that I think is very well done.
The first step is to realize that we need to write. The fact is we can’t learn to write without practicing, and that practice takes time and attention. We can’t learn to write if we don’t think we can. We can’t write if we don’t practice.