When treating a disease, the key is eliminating the cause, and not just focusing on erasing the symptoms.Read the whole thing. I started learning how to writing in a professional setting that was a tad harsh. Scheduled meetings with my editor would wake me long before dawn, tying my stomach in half hitches. I finally worried myself into the most chronic case of writer's block I've ever experienced. Stupid and silly, because jobs come and go, but skill of putting down words stays with you -- or at least should. A fear of failure and the dread of opening yet another rejection letter seem to fell more promising writers than any other thing, to send them drifting offer to easier interests. Jacobsen is certainly right when he says that fear leads to insipid, overly ornamented prose. But sometimes its keeps us from writing altogether.
The same applies to bad writing. You can drive yourself crazy chasing all of the ways that writing can go wrong if you don't spend some time trying to root out the causes.
So what are the causes? Lack of training? Lack of time? Ignorance? Laziness? Apathy?
How about fear?
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