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Practice does not make perfect. PERFECT practice makes perfect. This applies to writing, playing the piano, or baking pies.

Anyone can go through the steps and motions. It isn't until the steps are practiced perfectly that the practice is perfect.

As Isadora Duncan said, "Through technique, there is freedom"

T Demop, Blogging for Business

Hi NakedNick,

Great analogies.

I can play the piano -- sort of. Playing alone only leads to limited improvements at best. When I have external help and feedback -- like lessons, playing with others, etc., my practicing "improves" and my playing does get better.


What you wrote has made me think about what "writing" meant...

From my point of view, there are three points that participate in a good writing:

1. the style: in business blogging, you don't need to have the style of a higly famous writer (Nota Bene: I don't like Jogn Irving' style, it's boring for me)
In the blogosphere, there are a lot of young people who are writing as they're chatting. No style! You must respect the grammar rules as well.

2. the structure, the way you present your thinking, your ideas. Less structure makes more weak, out of focus and difficult to understand what is written

3. the content (the ideas, the thinking it self). Is what you're writting very interesting? innovative? appealing?

So, even if you follow the piece of advice of Mimi, Margaret or Large John, but your ideas are poor, ordinary and your writing is unstructured, I think that your career as a writer is jeopardized!

T Demop, Blogging for Business

Hi Nathalie,
Absolutely - you need good ideas, which to me often means ideas I can use or that make me think. Writers I find compelling usually have both!

Meikah Delid

Interesting post! As a blogger myself, I always try to edit what I write, and yeah, sometimes it hinders the flow of my ideas. Blogs are supposed to be conversations online. But then again, I don't want to read a misplaced or dangling modifier somewhere, or read around (<-- this phrase needs editing, I know; but I like the sound of the redundancy there..lol) in circles. :-D

T Demop, Blogging for Business

Well put. We are having conversations, but any form of writing is somewhat more formal than speaking out loud, if for nothing else than it permanence.

Also, if we speak less than perfectly, use confusing grammar, wrong words, etc., there are many cues such as intonation, and inflection to help with our meaning that our missing in writing.

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