Politics and the English Language: Orwell's 6 Rules to Good Writing
I love to write. But I also find writing intensely and interminably difficult.
This is an unfortunate state of affairs. My love for writing is halted by my finding of writing difficult. These are equal and opposing predispositions and they come together and wrap me up in the bondage of maddening procrastination.
It’s like a rational irrationality. It comes so easy, yet it causes such pain. News that Nobel-winning economist George Akelof procrastinates provided some comfort. But it’s still hard to deal with nonetheless.
In spite of the difficulty, I continue forward. Motivated by an inner impulse to pick up a pen, a love for written words, wordmanship and the joy of holding up the final written product.
In a perverse way I enjoy playing with syntax and formulating a joy-to-read flow of words. I’m drawn to the beauty of well written prose. Its ability to compel new thought, drive conversation, debate and draw people in.
I’m also drawn to the process and art of writing: where men and women take ideas, filter them through their consciousness and transcribe them onto paper or across a keyboard. Break it down and writing is the rejumbling and regurgitation of words, idioms and metaphors into a coherent form and body argument.
So how do I deal with the challenge of loving writing but finding it hard? Well, reading helps. So does practice. I’ve also been drawn to study the work of the famous English novelist George Orwell.