Education

A writer-editor-teacher’s quote of the week #99

An aspiring writer could be forgiven for thinking that learning to write is like negotiating an obstacle course in boot camp, with a sergeant barking at you for every errant footfall. Why not think of it instead as a form of pleasurable mastery, like cooking or photography? Perfecting the craft is a lifelong calling, and mistakes are part of the game. Though the quest for improvement may be informed by lessons and honed by practice, it must first be kindled by a delight in the best work of the masters and a desire to approach their excellence.

— from the chapter, “Good Writing,” in The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person’s Guide to Writing in the 21st Century by Steven Pinker

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