I know my writing isn’t up to “writer” standards. It’s one reason I am not a writer. I like to write, it helps me get ideas out of my head onto some other medium. I’ll even attempt to draw, and that’s usually a very failed attempt. I have horrible art skills. Pity.
Recently I have come across a smattering of different writing skills, and it’s quite astounding. I have a friend who is from Germany and has lived in England for the past 10 or so years. She writes very well, clear and concise. There aren’t any grammar mishaps, strange german curse words shoved into an equation or anything like that. I’m sure she’d love to though.
My other friend from Mainland-Europe also writes very well. She is not as comfortable with letting her mind flow freely as she writes and it turns back to Dutch, but she still writes exceedingly well. The British friend also writes well. . .at least from what I’ve seen.
American friends/acquaintances write alright. There is just this steady downward slope. I am not focusing on the friends from high school and college, merely the people HERE who’s work I have seen. My writing skills are full of, in a word, waffle. I just natter on about this and that and explain my point in as many words as I can. Oooopsies. I haven’t read anything of Grant’s so I shall spare him the “analysis.” I’m sure it’s not as bad as someone else whose work we have read. It’s appalling! It’s like reading how a politician talks. It never goes anywhere and never seems to answer what he started out to say.
I have learned over the years to keep my writings simple. I guess being a science major I have forced myself into that vein. I can’t branch out very much because everything is analysing data and talking about how things were done. Where can you go out on a limb? Sure you can insert large words and big thoughts, but you can’t really start a comparison of how Shakespeare’s sonnets resonate with the dream sequences of another famous author and that the alliteration and rhythmic patterns are almost identical. Okay, I’ll stop. I haven’t had a fun paper to write since I was a sophomore in college. I kind of miss being able to write something that just comes out of my head instead from data analysis.
I am done ranting, but honestly, learn how to write to get a point across in a sentence or two, stop inserting stupid jargon to make yourself sound smarter. It’s better to get a point across than it is to use “grandiose” to show you have a big vocabulary.