You know what one of the great things about writing is?
It’s so subjective.
You know what one of the awful things about writing is?
It’s so subjective.
When I think about it, English teachers have it hard, because they’re the ones who have to grade that subjective material. Most of the time I guess it can be a little bit easier nowadays when most of us don’t even know “how to English,” but for the kids who do write decently, teachers can’t just give them 100% because they have a better grasp of the exceptional rules of the fickle English language. (Get it? “Exceptional” because, like, there are a lot of exceptions….. alright I know it doesn’t work that way stop judging me.)
Okay, but here’s the thing: because writing is subjective, you don’t even need to be a “good writer” to write. Right? Because regardless of how awful you think your writing might be, someone else in the world is bound to think it’s a work of genius. Therefore, you’ve got yourself at least one good reason to write; even if you as the author think your piece is garbage, someone else will probably like it.
On the other hand, writing is subjective, and you don’t need to be a “good writer” to write – so why should the good writers even bother? Fortunately, English grammar and punctuation are pretty straightforward and grade-able. But what about things like flow, style, characterization? One English professor will think that a piece of writing should be put in the shredder; another will give it full marks. One professor wonders why a classic is a classic at all; another feels that it deserves to last through the ages.
Dear world, I have a confession to make: I believe I’m at least a decent writer. (But then, I suppose if someone didn’t think they were at least alright at writing, they would avoid it like the plague.) I’m the kind of person who stares endlessly at the typo in a book, pitying the editor for missing it. (I mean, I also know how it feels to find a mistake while reading a printed book that you edited; you kick yourself in the shin for it forever afterwards, which is totally an amazing feeling, as you would guess.) And yeah, as you can probably see, I had one of those why-do-I-even-try moments where I realized writing is so subjective that a lot of people don’t really care whether you write “well” or not. (I also recently had an “I vow to overuse parentheses” moment, hence this paragraph.)
Anyway, here’s my point: I don’t have a point. I just kind of wanted to waste your time to see how you would react to this post.
Thanks for reading!
Just kidding. I randomly wanted to do that, so I went with it because I am an immature young adult. *peace sign*
Alright, but really, this is my conclusion: self-proclaimed good writers, try to write the best that you can for yourself. Other people may not care or notice or be able to tell the difference, but if you can’t satisfy other people, at least satisfy yourself with the knowledge that you put everything you had into your piece. If people like it, fine; if they don’t, fine, because you’re writing for the sake of writing, not for the sake of their judgement.
Writing is subjective. Give it your all in any case.