The Secret To ‘Proper’ Writing
I’ve recently been involved in a little discussion over on Facebook about ‘proper’ writing and how my daily writing for a particular day wasn’t ‘proper’ writing but was still writing.
Now you’re thinking lots of different things I’m sure.
Do I mean writing using formal, even posh, English language?
Do I mean writing legalistically according to the rules of language, spelling and grammar?
Do I mean writing a book instead of a blog post?
Actually, in this case, I meant writing a Facebook post or comment instead of writing a formal ‘piece’ which I posted or saved on my laptop. It had no title, and was an informal response within a discussion.
But as it was long and discussed a lot of important issues, it might as well have been a saved piece or blog post. So I counted it as my daily writing for that day, and told those in the Facebook group I was accountable to I had done my writing, but it wasn’t ‘proper’ writing.
And then it all began. A discussion as to what I meant, as to why I’d used the term ‘proper’.
It got me thinking, what is ‘proper’ writing, really?
Yes, there are grammatical laws, basic things like correct spelling. But there’s some ‘lesser’ rules which not every writer uses. For example, you aren’t meant to begin sentences with ‘and’, yet I do it a lot.
We should be free to write how we like, as long as our basic spelling and grammar are ok. And it doesn’t have to be a formal piece, or a saved piece on your laptop, a blog post or a book. It can be a tweet, a Facebook status, a Facebook response, an e-mail.
These are all very different forms of writing, very distinct from each other. Yet all of them have something in common. They represent an outpouring of something inside of us. They come from within us. They are, in part an expression of who we are.
If you want to improve as a writer, I would always advise writing daily. But don’t feel guilty if you didn’t write a masterpiece, or even a short blog post. If you’ve been involved in a discussion on Facebook or Twitter, if you’ve posted an interesting, thought-provoking post on social media, if you’ve poured part of yourself out in words today,
then you have written.
We all have words in us just waiting to be poured out. And some of these words might just be beneficial to others too. You’d be surprised how your story might resonate with someone. How your words might strike someone just at their point of need.
Yep, even you.
So go write. And remember there’s no such thing as ‘proper’ writing.
There’s your writing. There’s my writing. And many words and stories to share.
Are you with me?