I love writing, and I love being a writer. But in case you’ve ever wondered what it’s like, you should know that it doesn’t come magically. Even the most skilled musical artists do scales and arpeggios. They know that working on the basics helps make their music better. Those basics may not be thrilling, but they’re the underpinnings of good work.
It’s the same with writing. Skilled writers know that basics like paragraph structure, word choice, and punctuation matter. And yes, spelling counts. 😉 Don’t think those details are important? Think about the last book you read where you noticed problems with grammar, spelling, or paragraph structure. I’ll bet you weren’t drawn into the story. That aspect of writing might not be exciting to a lot of people, but it does matter.
Want to know more? I’m honoured and privileged to be a guest at Motive, Means and Opportunity today. Please come visit me there as I talk about the regular discipline behind good writing. I promise – no punctuation or usage quizzes. 😉
Have a look around the site, too. It’s a terrific collection of flash fiction, posts about writing, and lots more, hosted by some very talented writers.
*NOTE: The title of this post is a line from Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II’s Do-Re-Mi.