I absolutely love this video. Watch it. It’s short. Even I initially saw it was over one minute and thought – can I be bothered to watch it? And now I’m sharing it to all of you.
I’ve always loved writing, writing for pleasure, for my own satisfaction. I write this blog, not because I have to, but because I enjoy writing about journalism. It’s not an effort, and I don’t think about the words I use or the phrases I position – I just write. But, when it comes to work, and published work, I feel very different. I’ve started overanalysing everything I write at work, or any freelance work I do. And I think, ‘This is really shit. I don’t think I can write, am I really in the right career if I can’t write? Can you learn how to write?”.
It’s ridiculous overthinking, but I came across a journalism blog with writing tips who gave some good advice:
“I really want to be a good writer. Like really, really good. I want to be able to put words to page that make people laugh, make people cry, make people think yeah, she’s quite good. And every time I write creatively I think: this is it. This is going to be the best thing I’ve ever, ever written. It is most definitely going to be amazing. But all the time, it’s not. I have yet to read any of my printed features in full, because I’m dying of embarrassment within the first paragraph: I know it’s not good, and I’m gutted. But over the course of my journalism journey so far, the most important lesson I’ve learnt is that writing takes years of practice.”