I’m trying to take Andrew Sullivan’s advice to not think so much before I write a blog post. It’s really not going well.
That’s one of the things I started thinking about after doing the Style Masquerade in class — the difference between formal and informal writing and why I am less than confident about my informal writing. My lack of confidence is hardly a mystery, though. After a short lifetime of being taught to choose words carefully, a more formal and nitpicky style is my default. And, to some extent, that contradicts what the blog post genre is all about.
In all, I’m fine with my style. After all, my writing style is a partial reflection of me: pretty comfortable in an academic setting, but incredibly awkward if placed in an informal, social context.
What I think I would like to change (and what I think will make me a lot better of a writer) is the way I go about writing. I would like to learn to get my thoughts on a page without dawdling over spelling, grammar, and diction. I’d really like to learn how to be comfortable with the knowledge that a first draft is SUPPOSED to be really terrible, to allow myself to embrace the many weaknesses that exist in my underdeveloped writing in an effort to feel more satisfied and confident in my writing overall.