• Manish Nepal

Writing is overrated



I find writing extremely overrated.


Most people romanticize writing as an esoteric skill that only a few people possess. As if we have to be born out of this fountain of knowledge to attain the magic of crafting words as powerful as Harry Potter’s spells.


Nonsense!


The fact is—every literate person can write. Writing is a form of communication—just like speaking or painting. It can be learned.


You don’t have to drink the rare Unicorn's milk to be good at it.


Another group glorifies grammar as the key to good writing. It’s not. Having a good grasp of grammar makes you a language expert—not necessarily a good writer.


In today’s age of Grammarly and Hemingway apps, grammatical correctness such as the right use of semicolons is no more a barrier to entry to good writing.


Grammar has its special place in writing, but it’s not the most important aspect.


Having a unique perspective is the real artistic edge.


Good writing is all about being evocative. If your writing can intellectually rouse people, if it can move people to look at an idea through your lens—you’re a good writer.


You just need to have the courage to be vocal about your ideas, the discipline to write about them, and the persistence to distribute them to the world.

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