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Reprise: A Writer 24/7

on June 13, 2022
(Turn of the 20th century writer’s corner – Bonelli House Museum, Kingman, Arizona. Photo by Dawn Pisturino.)

Adopting the writer’s mantle places us instantly in the spotlight. Everything we say, write, and do is being evaluated and judged by people we don’t even know.

With this in mind, it’s important to display our best writing at every opportunity.

I recently read a blog post by an English writer that was poorly formatted, riddled with errors, and unprofessional-looking. The purpose of the blog was to dispense writing advice to budding young authors. But what can a young author learn from run-on sentences and words that blend into one another with no punctuation or spaces? Needless to say, I no longer follow that blog.

Many self-proclaimed authors haunt Facebook and other social media sites. They promote their books with quickly-composed, ungrammatical sales pitches that reflect poorly on their abilities as writers. My thought is this: if they can’t write a simple post on Facebook, how can they write the next Great American novel? The answer is obvious.

E-mail tends to be a casual form of communication, but some people take it for granted that it’s okay to write in texting jargon and incomplete sentences. Clear, concise communication should be even more important when writing e-mails. I check my grammar and spelling every time I send out an e-mail because I want my readers to see me as a real writer.

My elderly aunt fills her hand-written letters with poetic descriptions of the seasons and countryside where she lives. She’s not a writer, but she knows how to write. She knows how to turn a phrase and color a description so that it sticks in my head. She makes me imagine that once upon a time she wrote poetry in some dark garret. That reminds me–I need to ask her!

Writing is a 24/7 job. And everything we compose should reflect our abilities as a writer. Our readers expect it. Our profession demands it.

Published in the July-August 2012 issue of Working Writer.

Dawn Pisturino

June 13, 2022

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26 responses to “Reprise: A Writer 24/7

  1. aparna12 says:

    Excellent post, dear Dawn. I agree with your views. We must practice what we preach. Unless our work is perfect, we can’t guide others to perfection.

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  2. “Adopting the writer’s cloak immediately puts us in the spotlight …”
    It is an opening sentence that is already your effect and that summarizes the concept of this article. Very beautiful sentence…
    What you said is really true … Have a nice week …

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  3. Excellent commentary Dawn. The funny thing is, when I text (which is not very often), I try to correct the auto-correct. 😜 That’s a different story on another day girlfriend. I concur with your message. I am not perfect but I continue to try perfecting my craft. ✍🏼 Thanks for the eye-opening share my friend! Have a FANtabulous day! πŸŒžπŸ’–πŸ˜˜

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    • Yeah, even when I text, I feel compelled to use proper English. I’ve never learned the texting lingo except a few items. But, maybe that’s because English class was considered so important when I was in school. I personally hated English class. It was so boring and rigid!

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      • I know what you mean Dawn. English was a little lackluster in school. Yet, girl it seems like a lost art these days. I am simply shocked by what I see and read just like you are. 😟 It seems like the course has been erased from the school system.

        I know I sound dated, but I still use my Webster Collegiate Dictionary (from 1976) and my Thesaurus. You know that old saying, “Use it or lose it?” We see great evidence of this and it is so sad because I think it suffocates our educational growth and development. It’s pretty scary. 😱

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      • I’m with you, Kym! I still have my old dictionaries and thesaurus, too! Have a great day!

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  4. Belladonna says:

    I’m always a little nervous when I hit publish!

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  5. Michele Lee says:

    I would add that most professions require solid writing skills, given the prolific use of online communications. I enjoyed the paragraph about your aunt. Reminds me of letters I have, written by my grandfather while he was serving in WWII. He wasn’t a writer either, but he knew how to write!

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  6. elvira797mx says:

    Great post! Thank’s for share Dawn! You are amazing.
    Have a lovely day!
    Elvira

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  7. I am not a writer only a blogger who likes to write and English is not my first language, but I cannot agree more, it is time someone talks about the elephant in the room. For those who like to read for pleasure, nothing is worse than being tortured with banalities or a deluge of incomprehensiveness.

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  8. Adelheid says:

    This is a very good observation. English is not my first language and it makes me nervous at times using it. Even if I’ve proofread my article a number of times, there are still some slips here and there. My bad. 😟πŸ˜₯ This is a great reminder. Thanks, Dawn! 😊

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  9. kvbclarke says:

    Your aunt sounds like someone I would love to meet!

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  10. SelmaMartin says:

    This is true. It’s my experience too. I want to read edited works. It’s important to publish with that criteria. Thanks for saying it. Appreciate this post.

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