I met with my advisor for the minor in writing a few weeks ago. When I asked him for advice on how to improve my writing skills, he gave me a simple and straight-forward directive: write more. No, I don’t think that means write 20 pages for a 5 page assignment. He suggested I write for fun–a little bit each day. I mentioned in previous blog posts how I would find excuses to not write for fun–the internet is calling! I have tried to use Twitter, Tumblr, and other new media sites as my places to do some writing for personal enjoyment. That counts, right?
As we’ve talked at length about in class, writing can be difficult for most. I’m sure, though, it comes easier to some. This got me thinking–are some people naturally better writers? What kind of conditions and environment allow for certain people to become better writers? Can anyone write? (I can’t help but think of the line from Ratatouille when the evil food critic does not believe “anyone can cook!”) Can anyone write “properly?” Properly, effectively, intelligently. Those are all up to one’s individual interpretation and the definition of each may warrant its own blog post. Or book.
This may sound somewhat elitist, but should everyone write? Or are there some people who should keep their pens to themselves? I don’t really know the answers to these questions. I think each person has a story to tell. However, I’m sure certain folks are much better at conveying a message to others. Is there a way for a middle-age person to learn how to write? Or is it too late?
I suppose I’m asking these questions because I’ve heard friends and family members tell me that they can speak well, but they can’t write well. I imagine if one can speak well, though, he or she can apply his or her spoken word skills to the written word. Right? Discuss! After searching for the Ratatouille image, I’ve developed an appetite for pasta. Gotta go.