To write literally means “to carve”. Digitally, we write or carve on a digital screen.
Why write? How should we write? Some of my thoughts:
Communication of ideas is the goal.
The goal ain’t to be a “good” writer. No. To me, it is to be clear, to communicate your ideas, thoughts, feelings, beliefs and philosophies with others. To write well is subjective.
Write because you must
To me, writing ain’t a duty. Instead, it is just another tool of communication. For example there are many ways you can communicate. You can video, make music, dance, make photos, sign language, podcast, whatever. But writing is interesting to me because there is a certain cadence and rhythm to my thoughts which come across well when I am writing and blogging, which cannot be communicated when I’m talking or doing other forms of communication.
Writing devices, tools, etc.
I’ve experimented with many different writing tools and devices. Now I like to just type on my iPad, either directly into WordPress or using IA WRITER. Same goes with my laptop. Downside of laptop; lots of carpal tunnel and pain when typing on a keyboard. Nowadays I like to write when lying on my back or standing up.
Just write it.
To me, it is best to just write how you talk. I never edit myself. I just try not to make typos or whatnot. And with writing style, make sure your writing style accords with your own real life style. For example in real life, I’m crass and not eloquent. Thus I don’t strive for eloquence in my writing. I just write to have fun, express my ideas, and just to get the ideas out there!
Once again — I believe your writing should be like your talking and real life style.
What is “bad” writing?
I think bad writing is writing which tries to please others, to sound fancy, pretentious, etc. I am highly suspicious of most writers, especially if it is their profession. Also, I don’t like reading things which I consider boring. Most of the “scholarly” things I read are insanely boring or smell like B.S. I prefer to read philosophy (Nietzsche, the Stoics, and mostly pre-Socratic philosophers). I like poetry (Horace), and I like Homer (Iliad, Odyssey).
I don’t really think “bad” writing exists. To me, the writing is either interesting to me or boring to me. That’s it. But it is a waste of time to criticize the writing of others— better to just write in a style that you would like to read!
No final thoughts
Like Socrates said — he didn’t write anything down because he felt his ideas were never final. I say:
Write it knowing that your opinion will always change.
Never hold yourself to your past writing! It’s like holding yourself to the writing you did at age 12. My 32 year old self and my 12 year old self are totally different people; same goes with me and my 22 year old self. No thoughts are final.