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Do you like to write and do you think you are good at it?

Asked by marksonos (298 points ) May 27th, 2014

Also, what do you write about?

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talljasperman's avatar

Yes. Yes. I like to write about myself.

Brian1946's avatar

Sometimes and sometimes.

jca's avatar

I like to write and I know I am good at it.

janbb's avatar

Yes, she said yes I will yes!

zenvelo's avatar

I enjoy writing, even the tedious documents I write at work. I like writing poetry. Precise use of vocabulary is an intellectual work out.

I think I am a good writer, not a great writer.

Symbeline's avatar

I like writing. Movie reviews that I submit to websites, and so far they have taken them all. So I mustn’t be that terrible.

DigitalBlue's avatar

No, I don’t like to write, but I do think that I’m good at it. People are always telling me that I should write. Books, poetry, a blog, whatever. People respond to emails and tell me that I should write. I don’t mean that to sound like I’m bragging, but it has been happening on a consistent basis for as long as I can remember, so I assume I have some degree of raw talent. I would write if I had something to write about that was also interesting.

cookieman's avatar

For my graduate degree, I’m studying visual storytelling. When I started last year, it didn’t dawn on me that I would need actual stories to work from. My advisor said, “Why don’t you just write them?”. So I did. About 30 micro-stories last semester — and I actually got a good reaction to them.

So I guess i do write, and I’m pretty okay at it.

Seek's avatar

I feel I express myself better through written communication than through verbal. I enjoy making words say what my brain wants to say.

However, i struggle with the emotional drive to write. I cannot convince myself that it isn’t a futile effort, that someone would actually want to read it, that I’m not wasting people’s time… Coming up with prompts is difficult. That’s why I like this Q&A format. The prompt is given, and I’m responsible for merely expressing my opinion in the best manner I can.

I enjoy fiction writing, but only to the extent that I really like creating fictional universes and developing characters. Conflict is haaard. Finding a conflict that isn’t cliché, doesn’t reek of melodrama, and is actually interesting to write about seems to be beyond my capabilities.

Espiritus_Corvus's avatar

Ditto everything @Seek wrote above.
1. Yes
2. I’m improving.

ZEPHYRA's avatar

Yes, I much prefer writing to speaking. I can express myself more clearly. If I could write rather than speak, I would happily do so.

Pachy's avatar

I’ve been writing since I was 10 and made a career of it for more years than I care to say. I’ve written countless ads, TV and radio commercials, brochures short stories, poems, news stories, speeches… you name it.

Bosses, clients, friends and others have always complimented me on my writing, yet to this day I’m still insecure about it. And after all this time, it’s still hard for me. But as another writer whose work I admired once told me, if you’re a real writer, writing shouldn’t be easy.

LostInParadise's avatar

I am not interested inf writing fiction, but I enjoy writing various types of non-fiction. I like to think that I am passably good at it.

There are two aspects to non-fiction, not necessarily unrelated.

The first is the emotional content. Assuming that you have an interest in what you are writing about, how do you convey that interest while remaining faithful to the facts?

The second aspect, which I confess to finding more interesting, is how to present the information in the clearest possible way. What types of analogies or metaphors are most useful? Is it better to start with a specific example or to start by giving the general principle? I like using not only text but various types of charts and tables to organize information.

My profession is computer programming. They don’t give out Pulitzers for software, but there is something of an art to not only getting a program to do what it is supposed to do, but in making the code sufficiently readable that someone else who picks it up can quickly get a good overview of what the code does. and navigate to the appropriate place in the code to find a particular functionality.

I also do some online math tutoring. This is a whole other type of communication. Part of the challenge to find out what the student already knows, but part of it is to frame questions or give examples in such a way as to get the student to be able to make a leap from what the student knows to mastering what the student has been struggling with.

gailcalled's avatar

Yes. Not bad. I have made a career out of writing college and counsellor recommendations for high school students. I have also churned out dozens of reviews of local artists for the local newspaper, and artistic statements for the same artists. From time to time I’ve done movie reviews and short articles on various subjects. It’s all a form of expository writing and no more than two pages.

filmfann's avatar

I don’t know if I am good at writing, but I have been told so by people I would not expect compliments from. (dangling participle, idiot)

I know I am very fussy about how my writing reads, looks, and sounds.

flutherother's avatar

I like writing but I don’t think I am good at it. I do some writing at work which I enjoy but the biggest kick comes from creative writing which is written for no purpose but my own amusement.

Bill1939's avatar

I enjoy writing and believe that I write well. Besides answering questions here on Fluther, I write nonfiction. Subjects I focus on are spirituality, cosmology, and family history; I realize some “recollections” maybe fiction.

rexacoracofalipitorius's avatar

I do a lot of technical writing, and a fair amount of code (which isn’t really separate, because I’m an over-commenter.) I’d like to think I’m good at it, but it’s hard.

downtide's avatar

I like writing and I know I’m good at it. I just don’t have enough self-discipline to do it enough to be professional. When I start writing that much, it ceases to be fun. I write mostly fiction and my favourite genres are science fiction and contemporary fantasy.

longgone's avatar

I think I’m pretty good at writing. I also have the self-discipline, apparently – when I was working on a book, I managed to write at least 600 words a day. Not much, but I did take the time to do that every single day for about half a year.

I struggle with not mixing up my languages. Occasionally, I’m writing in German using English grammar, and vice versa. Fluther doesn’t help with that – if anything, I’m writing worse since I joined. I pay less attention, I think.

Seek's avatar

Sorta-on-topic-ish:

I just found this subreddit r/writingprompts

Holy crap, I wrote a little story. It’s been a kabillion years since I actually wrote something fictional. It felt good.

Bill1939's avatar

Is subreddit r/writingprompts a link?

Bill1939's avatar

Been there now, liked it and joined. Thanks again @Seek.

gailcalled's avatar

Saying that “I am good at writing” sounds awkward and stif, although grammaticallhy correct; better to state that “I am a good writer.” It’s ussge, man.

gailcalled's avatar

edit: stiff; usage

longgone's avatar

@gailcalled Thanks, if that was directed at me.

gailcalled's avatar

^^ Not just you,

downtide's avatar

oooh thanks for the Reddit link @Seek. I am having so much fun over there right now.

Seek's avatar

Yay! Saved yours, @downtide, to read when the house is less hectic and I can give it full attention.

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