But… I am successful at expressing what I’m thinking in words that I feel are clear and accurate, if not entirely precise

Start? You’re already writing.

Make every Facebook entry you post as if it was going to be published in the most esteemed publication you could imagine.

Imagine a single comment you write will reverberate across time, spoken by millions, long after you’re no longer aware.

Treat each sentence with the same importance you would a paper that’s about to get reviewed by the most rigorous journal, the most critical professor, the most judgmental public….

… and if you can stand behind them and say:

I SAID THAT! I AM JES SCOTT AND THOSE ARE MY WORDS!

Then you’re doing it right.

and a PS:

As far as style goes? That’s just structured writing. Hate it myself. Can’t stand it. Even in school, the “introduction, three points and a conclusion” model in elementary drove me nuts and I’d never follow it.

Then again, I also never wrote for money.

But… I am successful at expressing what I’m thinking in words that I feel are clear and accurate, if not entirely precise [precision gives me a headache] and to me, that is victory.

I still have a long way to go: I need to type about 800 wpm for that. But for now, I can work with this. Your goals may differ. Your mileage may vary. But I think the ‘gist of it is correct: just as Ethan had said once, so very long ago:

“If you want to get good at writing, write. Start now, write what you know, and don’t get discouraged at crazy comments or negative feedback. The “practice” of writing will be a better education than any course ever will.”

-Ethan Siegel, 2015, 12th Month, 21st Day, Five Hours Prior to this Publication.

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