Reply to "How to Be a Better Writer: 6 Tips From Harvard’s Steven Pinker"

  At first I was gonna roll my eyes until I kept reading.  These are great tips for beginners and those who are afraid to express themselves but have a story to tell. In the poetry classes I taught for years, I always told my students not to be concern with punctuation, misspelled words and incomplete sentences....just get it out cuz you can always come back and revise.  

 

And another important point in this article:  don't write to impress.  It always fails.  It is something about when a person writes something deemed sooooooo arrogant it really takes away the meaning of the piece.  I remember back in the day when I used to go to poetry speak-easys[coffee houses]....one time there were a group of girls who tried to impress the guys with their outlandish sexual pieces....and it just conveyed  what they would do sexually to a man.....well the women there?  Were disgusted cuz these female poets were trying to pull the guys into their web using poetry to do it.

 

And then you have poets who use big words that have no place in the piece....so I do agree with having to much knowledge cuz it can be dangerous and can MURDER the message of the piece by being too wordy or using words no one can pronounce...or even worse no one know what the word being used means.

 

So my advice to new writers is to be always your authentic self when writing....listen closely to that inner voice.  Also, be unique in your writing approach. .I know a writer who didn't use caps in his work.  Everything was written in lower case...yet his work was thought-provoking and amazing.   Great article my brotha!  But!  

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