Why I am not Good at Writing

Jul 07 2010

Since young, everyone says I’m not good at writing / literature. My thoughts are dry. I always got low mark for the subject Literature. I believed everyone, for 20 years, taking for granted that I don’t have that “literaturistic” gene.

Until recently, I found out that is not true.

All those years, when I didn’t know what to write, it’s not because my limited literatur-istic” gene, it is because I didn’t have anything in mind to write. Reason: No reflection. No thinking-back. No synthesis thoughts.

That is the real problem. A big problem for me. Lucky that I found out.

Let me clear the misconception:

  • If you are good at explaining, you should be good at writing.
  • If you don’t know what to write (which is mostly the case for me – when it comes to writing report, blogging, all thing related), you weren’t observant / aware / clear about what happened, period. Nothing to do with your writing ability.

Maybe I’m taking the “good at writing” here literally. I’ve alway thought that “good at writing” is the ability to come up with flourish and lengthy things to add to your piece of essay, which, recently found out, is BSing.

The reason I had this misconception could date back to the 60s, during the time my Mom went to school. Her Literature teacher graded the essays by its length, using a unit of the maximum distance between the thumb and the middle finger when stretching the palm out. During my time, me and friends were usually (usually, not only) discussing how good the essay is in term of how many pages it filled. Same mentality, just that technology advanced a little bit.

I think there is no reason for anyone to not be good at explaining, if they are damn clear about the thing being explained. Someone might be better than someone else at explaining, but no one should be bad at it.

Again, I only realized this problem a couple of months back. For all those years, I’ve been looking at the wrong problem, thus has no solution in solving them. It is real dangerous had I not spotted this problem out.

So look back and reexamine your problems, are they really the real problems?

tl,dr: I found out I’m not good at explaning/writing because I wasn’t being observant / synthesis thinking, not because I can’t do BSing. It is important to spot out the real problem.

One response so far

  1. Since young, everyone says I’m not good at writing / literature.

    You know. The same exact thing happened to me when I was young.

    When I was young, my English teachers told me that I was weak in English — and stupidly I believed them. :-)

    It was only many many years later that I realized I could write. :-P But my writing would have been so much better if my teachers in high school had not discouraged me by telling me I was no good. :-P

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