|Posted on March 8, 2018 at 9:00 PM|
A member of my writing class recently asked me a question I always hear from many students, "What do I do to become a good writer?" Apparently, he is struggling with a common dilemma beginning writers face with which, many times, have to do with diction.
As a composition teacher, I totally understand where students like him are coming from. With English being a second (or sometimes, a third language), many students often feel overwhelmed by the many word choices they have, among many other writing concerns they have to deal with. And when they are, at times, overcome with frustration, they ask you for a formula, a sort of a magic trick to address said difficulty.
In situations like that, my answer has always been pretty standard. I always emphasize that since writing is a skill that has to be learned and mastered over a certain period of time, there is no one quick fix to it, but there is a secret good writers know and do to get to where they are now: READ.
Specifically, here's what I told him: "Good writers become one because they're first good readers."