don't write to get better at writing. just write.
You're too caught up in the appearance and fluidity of writing things down.
Worrying about what people think or how you'll be perceived.
Gasp! You might offend someone.
Here's the thing, who isn't offended about something or someone all the damn time?
Being offended by someone or something is your own damn responsibility.
Responsibility takes guts. A lot of people don't have guts.
You know what takes no guts? Remaining neutral, playing both sides.
Timidity doesn't get shit done. It gets in the way.
Being caught up in the above is a sure spiral you into feeling stuck.
Read me clear, I write to coach myself.
Every damn day.
When I say you, I mean me.
And when I say me, it means you.
"It's not enough to be nice in life. You've got to have nerve." -- Georgia O'Keefe
Read that quote above 3 more times.
People ask me all the time about how to write.
I didn't go to school for writing. I hold zero degrees.
Some of you will stop reading this because I lack "credentials" that you seek.
Yet here I am coaching people how to write.
I am great at it too.
And it's not because I have some paper on the wall that tells me how great I am.
I write to write.
And I don't hold myself to standardize rules on acing an expository essay.
I had some local quasi-journalist tell me: "it's amazing how much attention your writing has gotten over the years without being an actual writer."
I think people like her are surprised with a hint of jealousy.
Jealousy can be one of the most destructive complexes.
A boring and tiresome complex.
Back to writing: just do it, like the Nike swoosh.
Write like you talk.
Make lists, if you must. It doesn't have to make sense.
Stop trying to be good.
As if goodness is holy. Often it's just trying too hard.
Better yet -- forget the whole good and bad complexes.
Stop giving yourself excuses.
Excuses are like armpits. Everyone's got two and they both stink.
Oh, and stop using really big words. You will lose the majority of people if they need to scoot on over to google in order to read/understand your shit.
(I feel the same way about yoga or body movement classes. Too many big words. My brain won't even allow me to drop into my body because I'm trying to dissect the meaning behind all those big headed words.
Maybe that's just me? ...Cool.)
Again, write like you talk. Or how you'd talk to a mixed audience of A/S/L (age, sex, location).