Sunday, August 26, 2007

Learning How to Write

Sunday, August 26, 2007
I am now preparing modules for a two-day company-wide business writing training. I am not an expert on this. I am neither English major nor a Communications graduate. The only formal training I had was from my English subjects in grade school and high school, and Communication Skills (1-3) and Advanced College Writing at UP. I am not sure if I am capable of conducting such training. Until now, I still have trouble with prepositions and commas!

So what makes a person a good writer? I believe that attending writing courses won’t just do. One doesn’t become good at writing by taking such courses. It doesn’t just happen. Writing is a life-long learning endeavor. It starts from the day we are taught the basics of grammar, spelling vocabulary, and punctuation; to the endless compositions, essays, papers, and thesis we are forced to write in school; to hand written letters of old; to the text messages, blog entries, chats, and emails that now rule our world; to the documents, reports and all written communication that make and break our careers; and ends only until we lose our mental faculties.

A well-known writer once said: To write well, read well. There is no better teacher than the greats of literature – Steinbeck, Faulkner, James, Morrison, Garcia Marquez, to name but a few. Reading gives us a sense of how words, sentences, and paragraphs are strung so beautifully together. It tells us, this is how writing should be.

We write for different reasons. It can sometimes be a way of somehow taming the demons that haunt us or a way of expressing emotions that cannot be spoken; it is a way of giving life to stories that exist only in our imagination or a way of communicating things to move readers into action. In these we see how powerful writing can be.

1 comments:

marts said...

Good readers does not really mean good writers... it goes the same for me. I love books so much but I was never good at writing. Even my journals are pathetic and my work-related reports are just satisfactory (data lang kasi laman nun hehehe). Thank God, they don't use my reports to evaluate my work. Sometimes, I even sprinkle Japanese characters on my reports para lang mahilo sila sa pagbabasa.. hehehe!

 
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