Why Writing is Hard, and Why We Should Appreciate It

At the clinic where I work, one of the things we teach students of all ages and levels, adults and university students included, is how to write effectively.

At tonight’s in-house professional development workshop for our teachers, the presenters opened with this quotation, with which some of you may be familiar:

… all our experience of life: the actual substance of it, the material facts of it, embed themselves in us quite a long way from the world of words. It is when we set out to find words for some seemingly quite simple experience that we begin to realize what a  huge gap there is between our understanding of what happens around us and inside us, and the words we have at our command to say something about it.

Words are tools, learned late and laboriously and easily forgotten, with which we try to give some part of our experience a more or less permanent shape outside ourselves. They are unnatural, in a way, and far from being ideal for the job.

Source:

Hughes, Ted. “Words and Experience” in ESSAYS Thought and Style by Brian Kellow and John Krisak.

Ted Hughes is an English poet, playwright, editor, and writer.

This, I believe, encapsulates why writing is hard, and why the work of writers should not be diminished or devalued.

 

About Eva Blaskovic

I am a multi-genre author of literary fiction and fantasy, and writer of non-fiction articles on parenting, writing, education, health, and travel. My background encompasses both the sciences and the arts. I teach at a specialized clinic for learning disabilities and mentor young authors. In addition to writing and teaching, my passions are weather, Indian food, gardening, and music. I have played eight musical instruments and spent many years immersed in taekwondo and karate. In my youth, I was an avid canoeist. I was born in Prague, Czech Republic, grew up in Ontario, Canada, and moved to Alberta in 1988, where I raised four children.
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6 Responses to Why Writing is Hard, and Why We Should Appreciate It

  1. Jack Eason says:

    Oh so true Eva. 😉 x

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Jack Eason says:

    Reblogged this on Have We Had Help? and commented:
    Wise words from Eva. 😉

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Peter B. Giblett says:

    I find that “gap… between our understanding of what happens around us and inside us” to be a flexible one. On moment you have understanding, the next you are confused (or visa versa).

    Liked by 2 people

  4. JJAzar says:

    A timely post, I can relate…

    Liked by 1 person

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