I Applaud the Bad Writer for at Least Trying

Peter B. GiblettStarred Page By Peter B. Giblett, 9th Jan 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Here I am going to applaud people whose writing skills are bad, it is easy to see the experts and how good a job they do, and simply overlook those who are trying their best to produce something, because in trying they take a bold step, yet improvement is key here because bad writing has limits and you will not earn if you do not improve.

All too easy to See the Experts

You search the web for anything that you are interested and the chances that you will find hundreds or thousands of posts, the good, the bad, and the really ugly now each may bring an interesting perspective and that is often what we seek more than the writing prowess of the contributor and something that is genuinely written, giving honest forthright feelings is often more valuable than something written by someone close to the company who is merely repeating the standard rhetoric about the product, we are often swayed by the genuine, heart-felt comment because it shows a touch of humanity in it.

Th expert never puts a word out of place, they never let their emotions show, they can often seem a little too perfect and the chances are that their words have been approved by a committee before being published, but they were pre-planned and published in the most timely manner possible, it is clean (perhaps too clean) and they appear as the font of all knowledge on the subject and perhaps the person to ask when you have a problem. But for all this slick veneer they are a little too perfect, because there is no unexpected dirt smeared on their shirt or unexplained phenomenon, perfection is their middle name.

Overlook those who are Trying

I think you may have found the smoking gun! You know perfection is a little too, well perfect and in reality you do get out of the car only to step into the cow dung, and this is where the slick marketing messages from so-called experts come unstuck. The person who has genuine feelings about something wants to let people know their feelings and they will do so, warts and all and will demonstrate their raw writing skills. In respect of writing they are the ones who cannot spell, the person who makes a mistake in every sentence (or perhaps many), the person who is in such desperate need of an editor yet cannot afford one - just perhaps they do have something valuable to offer.

For some people it it takes all the courage in the world to put 50 words together about a subject, let alone 500, but we should applaud them for trying, for doing something, for making an effort.

A Bold Step

How bold is it to tell people about things you like or dislike?

Your likes can often be easier, because they allow your passion to flow, but the same could also be said about the things you hate and this is where emotions can run over and base feelings come to the fore, this is where people will get down to bare knuckle fighting when provoked, the emotions are raw, especially when written down, so perhaps we do have to forgive these raw emotions, most especially for a new writer, this after all is a very bold step indeed and may also include bad words, words that most people would not dare to publish.

The urgency of the words are clear to be seen, this is important and it matters now - in five minutes it is simply too late.

Trying to Improve

The key for such a writer is that once the urgent need is over they should pause for a moment and think "where next?" because the answer to that question is very important indeed. Maybe this was a one-off necessity, a method by which thy have let off he necessary steam - writing down something is better than resorting to the gunshot, but sometimes it changes things inside the person, makes them think, makes them consider all of the options and the fact that it felt good telling someone else just how they feel, but deep (deep?) down inside hey have an inkling that there efforts to date are simple not good enough and this is where he desire to improve comes from.

Truth is everyone has it in them to improve, it does not matter how bad they perceive themselves, because the simple truth is there is always someone else worse off than we are, no matter how bad things seem.

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author avatar Jerry Walch
9th Jan 2014 (#)

I couldn't agree with you more, Peter. Writers have to start somewhere and if they have to wait until they have mastered the art of writing they will never start writing. Writing is one of those skills that is best learned by doing.

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author avatar Dan Dawson Sr.
9th Jan 2014 (#)

Everyone has to start somewhere!
The journey of a thousand miles....
Great piece!
Its always great to help and lead those that show heart!
Only the best,
Dan

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
9th Jan 2014 (#)

it is important to support all who are willing to put pen to paper and create...thank you for this Peter for good bad or indifferent kudos to all who venture to express through words...

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author avatar MarilynDavisatTIERS
10th Jan 2014 (#)

Good evening, Peter; this is one of those pieces that everyone writing on Wikinut should read. I am in awe of those who are writing in a second language. I do not have that skill. I especially like your point about getting emotions out. Dissipating the pent up emotions like anger, resentment, sadness, and frustration can be beneficial. We are all learning how to write better and there are many opportunities to learn here on Wikinut. I have read many helpful articles about improving my own writing in the Writing - Tips categories. Also, the writers here genuinely support and try to help each other improve. ~Marilyn

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author avatar Ptrikha
10th Jan 2014 (#)

Indeed, more than the earnings, it is the critical feedback and help that provides me an incentive to come back to Wikinut again and again.

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
10th Jan 2014 (#)

Ptrikha sir I do believe that you are one of our success stories, your first articles were tough to read and now you have grown in confidence and stature. Keep contributing.

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
10th Jan 2014 (#)

Marilyn, that is one of the great things about Wikinut.

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author avatar Karen McTackett
10th Jan 2014 (#)

Hi Peter, I struggled with putting my words out there for others to see and I am one of those writers with a soul passion and cannot consider another path! Fear of criticism and rejection play a huge part in this as fear is the writer's only real nemesis. I applaud anyone who has the guts to TRY - no matter what it is. Perfection is a state of finality so I hope I never achieve it :)

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
10th Jan 2014 (#)

I think we all fear rejection and sometimes we do not want criticism, because we wish to be applauded, but we do need to listen to it (even experienced writers). Fear in and of itself is perhaps the greatest obstacle we face in putting our words down on paper.

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
10th Jan 2014 (#)

Nice and interesting post in every line!

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
10th Jan 2014 (#)

Wow -- 400 articles. What a feat! This is a nice one and something we should remember about newcomers. It does make me wonder at what point is the newcomer's honeymoon over -- which I think is when it is obvious that articles are being carelessly and dispassionately copied and re-pasted. When I see five articles on different topics by the same person these days, I won't click on them. At the same time, I do try to comment on newcomer's articles when I notice them, knowing how kind experienced Wikinuts were to me when I started.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
10th Jan 2014 (#)

(I meant to say five articles on different topics posted by the same person ON THE SAME DAY these days. Sorry if that was unclear.)

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
10th Jan 2014 (#)

The length of the newcomer honeymoon is a good question. We have here writers from distant lands that are improving with every post they make eventhough they make many mistakes in every article, but we also have native English speakers that cannot spell and do not improve at all. This is quite a conundrum.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
10th Jan 2014 (#)

But I like your idea that we applaud the effort -- "quality" does not have to mean "perfection," especially if passion is involved -- but mass quantities aid no one.

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author avatar Mariah
15th Feb 2014 (#)

Glad to see you recognise that perspective on it now Phyl

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author avatar Ptrikha
10th Jan 2014 (#)

One way is to go over existing works, and edit them to clean out our flaws. And yes, it does take some painstaking effort to improve one's writing. When I started serious writing, I used to much of semi-colon (;) and many of my sentence formation(s) were way too imperfect. I have improved a lot. Yet, my learning and yearning for better and better work goes on.

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author avatar writestuff
11th Jan 2014 (#)

An encouraging post for newbies like me as is the support and advice from the varied wikinut writing moderators. Thanks.

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author avatar redrose2
13th Jan 2014 (#)

Hello, nice to meet you and are right, I hope to improve my self and it is refreshing to know some people understand, This is my first day I join Yesterday.

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
14th Jan 2014 (#)

Redrose2, welcome - I am always happy to assist.

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author avatar princessgalaria
27th Jan 2014 (#)

It's so much encouraging for a newbie like me. Now, I can be assured that in this journey of writing, I will never be alone.:))

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author avatar Retired
12th Feb 2014 (#)

Agreed, everyone has to start somewhere. I just joined today, and I know I have a long way to go, but thanks for writing this piece. It gives me hope that I can only get better :)

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
12th Feb 2014 (#)

Well welcome and let me wish you well on the journey ahead.

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author avatar Mariah
15th Feb 2014 (#)

A very encouraging and informative post Peter.
The points you stress here about applauding those who struggle, yet make the effort to write regardless, is much needed support for those in that position, who have the determination and guts to keep going, improving with time and perseverance, without feeling under pressure.
This is the reason I wrote the post 'The Great Grammar Debate'

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author avatar Bex8814
19th Mar 2014 (#)

I have been writing for such a short time - less than a year, and am now making a living out of it. When I compare my articles of today to those when I first started, I always cringe! Like most things in life, writing has been a learning curve for me.

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