I had this idea bouncing around the interior of my cerebellum for the past few days and thought now would be a good as any to regurgitate said idea to see if I could make it more delectable the 2nd time around.
We've all seen it from time to time, whether in books, magazines (online and print), news/sports/entertainment websites or newspapers (print and online). And I bet a lot of you can raise your hand and admit to churning out some pretty horrible stuff early during those early years (guilty as charged).
But have you stopped for a moment and asked yourself what constitutes bad writing?
After all, somehow we instinctively know bad writing when we read it, and we certainly know good writing when we read it. But have you ever thought about what differentiates bad writing from good writing?
I have a theory/hypothesis in regards to that very issue: Bad writing happens from improper execution of Writing 101.
Think about for a moment. We all start out writing garbage, in fact, it's just about mandatory that our early efforts in writing suck major moose testicles. But, with patience, practice and perseverance (along with checking one's ego at the door and opening the mind to good criticism, etc.) not only does our writing becomes vastly improved, but people actually become interested in what we write.Why?
Proper execution of Writing 101.
When you open your mind and do the groundwork that's the necessary evil in order to churn out a good product, you're executing a solidly crafted plan of attack. For some people (like myself) this takes a lot longer to accomplish, simply because those people 1} got a late jump on writing and 2} needed a few whacks upside the head with a crowbar in order to receive the message clearly.
When you don't open your mind or do the needed groundwork 'cause you think that talent alone will carry you through the day (and because your friends told you so), my friend, the only plan of attack that this can be rightfully called is "garbage in garbage out". If you write garbage and don't do anything to fix it, the end result is in fact, garbage.
Improper execution of the writing basics, no matter what the reason (personal, college, or work) you may have for not doing so, in the long term will only make you look like an idiot. Nobody, and I mean nobody, will take you seriously as a writer, or even as a intelligent co-worker or student, if you can't take the time to brush up on basics for writing.
So my friends, keep this one salient fact in mind: a good story or idea will never overcome improper execution of Writing 101.
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