Journalism skills

“I really want to be a good writer, like really, really good.” WATCH THIS.

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.”
http://rhianjournojones.wordpress.com/category/writing-tips/

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