There is more to writing that most people just don’t understand. Though we can’t really blame them for not experience what writers (or wanna-be writers) go through, I believe it’s important for them to be aware of the complexity of constructing words to form complex thoughts.
First of all, writing is not just a simple job of putting words together. Even free-writing can be difficult, and it’s the least difficult form of writing (according to my opinion). It takes a lot of digging deep in one’s thoughts just to effectively deliver a single-sentence idea, otherwise it’s either not comprehensible or not explained enough. And not all people know the frustration writers feel when they can’t find the right words. Even one word can sometimes take a lot of research just to make sure it’s not wrong.
Moreover, writers value writing style, and they write and write to improve them. One may ask, what do you need to improve in your writing? Aside from grammar, there are tons of them. A single sentence can be reconstructed to still have the same thought, yet it’s where the deliverance is measured. Which ‘sounds’ better? That’s usually the question. There is also struggle in vocabulary. Is this too deep? Too shallow? Do my readers even know what word this is?
There are word in the writing world you’ll never meet until you actually write. I’ve never known purple prose before, but I’ve probably read some of it somewhere in my life. I never knew criticisms can be constructive, but it actually exist. Angst? What’s that? Lemon? You don’t even want to know. Dialogue tags?
The funny thing is, one will never learn what these words are until you involve yourself in writing. And if you involve yourself in writing without knowing these words you are considered an amateur. A Noob. Knowing those things are essential to know the unspoken rules or writing. These rules don’t appear in educational books, and it’s mostly learning through discovery.
It’s also important to know that there are a lot of things writers consider when writing–no matter what kind of writing it is: free-writing, non-fiction, editorial, educational, fiction, etc. While starting a work, their minds can go from the target audience to the prose used to the effective narration to the right dialogue tags. And if none of you are aware, there are these dudes named Procrastination and Writers’ Block that gets in our way. We also consider techniques where we can find the best time for us to write, the best way to avoid writers’ block, and it does not take overnight to find the right way for an individual.
Writing. Ha! You think it’s easy? At first I thought it was. Until I decided to send my writing to next level. It’s where I realized how I was still at the bottom of the food chain.
Why don’t you try it?