Journal: My Writing Journey-Learning

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July 25, 2018

I love discussions on literature. I have a youtube page that I recently created that is exclusive to these types of discussions and interviews with authors. I usually like to watch [listen] while I am making dinner or doing things around the home.

I am a fan of Ta Nehisi Coates so the page is loaded with interviews and discussions with him.

I know I can learn a lot from other writers and it is helping me to hone my own craft as I absorb as much information from their experiences. Although I have my own stories to tell I want to find out how they write and why they write what they do. It is giving me a better understanding of the writing voice during this process of developing my own.

It is slowly shaping me into the type of writer I want to be.

Here are some things I am learning.

When a topic is chosen proof is essential: 

Of course I knew that, but did I understand the depth of that proof that is to be provided? Not thoroughly. Is my own eyewitness account of a situation enough to convince others? Not always. How do I research past my direct experience and why do I have to? I do not fully have an answer to that question, but it seems to be pretty important, and I am sure the more I learn I will gain a better understanding.

Formerly my rebellious nature had me convinced that writing about some things [anyway] giving a swift middle finger, and disregarding this proof was okay. I know what the hell I experienced.

Now I consider. If I do my part as a responsible writer which involves great observing then I fill in any holes that could possibly appear and there is no need for the haughty, uncompromisable attitude.

To add to that. To think that no matter how thorough I am in my research and observations that there isn’t someone-somewhere who won’t still question it is not a realistic way of thinking for a true writer.

Even still if I am wrong or some information I have come across is wrong I am mature enough to accept it and fix it. Which leads me to my next point.

Don’t write about something I have not thoroughly researched.

Bottom line if I have not looked far and wide for as much information as possible on a topic I have no business writing about it. I then become an uninformed keyboard bandit and that is not at all what I want to be.

This is why

I’m learning to ask more questions:

I have already formed a habit of questioning any information I come across. Although now I am learning what questions to ask. Studying other writers has helped me to realize that, but more reading, my own writing, and life experience have been major factors in that discovery as well.

A lot of this is probably a given to some so I completely understand if there may be some “Duh’s” out there.

I am pretty new to all of this and there may be someone else out there on a similar journey who may need to see this. Not to mention this is what my little ‘journey journal’ is all about.

This information is making me look at my responsibility as a writer closer, and it is giving me a deeper understanding of it beyond this private realm I have hidden in for so long.

I would like to here from any writers-new and old. What discoveries have or did you come across that helped you hone your skills?

~ang