Even though I make a living as a writer, I don’t enjoy writing most of the time. I wish I did. I like having written, but I don’t like to write.
I was a procrastinator in school. I used to put off writing a paper until the fear of having nothing to turn in motivated me. As I have matured, I’ve learned to begin even when what I write isn’t good.
Revision is what makes the work of an average writer better than average. Don’t delay beginning because your first draft won’t be a masterpiece.
Begin. Let the words flow without being a critic.
I have a student whom I used to tutor at Hillsborough Community College. He was fun to work with because he could not resist tinkering with every sentence as he created it. I know I do the same sometimes, so my chuckles at his tinkering were motivated by self-recognition.
Write quickly, edit slowly. Maybe these words will help you get started. I hope so.
Eric Anderson is a Language Arts tutor in Tampa, FL. He lives in Wesley Chapel, FL and helps students do better in English and history. Reach him at 813.787.8959.
Posted by Tampa English Tutor at 11/28/2009 12:00 AM