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The only way to get better at writing is to write. I am writing everyday to perfect my craft. What is my craft? It's sports writing. I grew up loving sports because of my mom and I want to be a writer because of my dad so naturally I want to be a Sports Writer. It is going to be a long and tough journey and that's ok. I just got to keep chipping away at it. Sports writing is a hobby right now that I am passionate about that I don't mind working hard at. The way to get better is learning from my mistakes. I know I am making mistakes constantly and realizing that it's ok is part of the process. I am growing and developing as a writer. I want to learn from the best writers so that I can be the best sports writer I can be. It would be nice to make a living at this. I want to realistically read three books per week. And write three hours for each book read. Writing keeps my thoughts from being stuck inside my head. Writing gives me an opportunity to verbalize my feelings and thoughts. Finally, writing forces me to form opinions. I think well thought out opinions make great content. All good sports writers have well formed opinions. They are objective because they have to be but I believe that all good writers have opinions. The writers starting out don't necessary have opinions until they have had the experience. Writing for three hours can seem like s long time. As long as thoughts pour out and ideas continue to flow I am accomplishing what I set out to do. Writing such as free writing doesn't have to any good. Free writing is a workout for the brain. It's something that's natural as breathing. There are no such thing as a good breath in or out. The only thing that counts is your breathing. Unless that is you're doing Yoga and their are specific set of rules and objectives you want to aim for. I know I shouldn't write with prepositions at the end. I continue to write that way with prepositions at the end because I am used to it. It's a bad habit which can easily be kicked. Writing offers me that opportunity to kick that habit. It's good practice that I really need. Though writing with perfect grammar is not the goal here. The goal is to write as much as humanly possible to get to where I can free write where I don't make any grammar mistakes. Writing is going to take a lifetime to master. It's a process that I'm looking forward. What I like about writing is you can see the finished work. For those like me who cannot draw or create anything like music or art, writing offers the next closest thing to a creative endeavor. Writing is a teacher that helps you collect your thoughts and sometimes your thoughts deserve to be kept to yourself. Writing can be a tough assignment if you are not honest and open. If you care about what others think then you will pick and choose your words carefully. Sometimes, you'll be at a lost for words. At other times you won't be. As long as you're open and honest (which means you don't use the delete or backspace button) you're going to learn a lot.


Jim said…
You should also probably work on your proofreading everyday too...
Marc said…
I'm working on my proofreading skills! lol It takes me forever to write though. I'm just focusing on writing and reading more because I don't do enough of that.

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