Saturday, June 7, 2014

What you need to know about amateur writing vs professional writing

I am indebted to Maeve Maddox for explaining, in a highly relevant post on the Daily Writing Tips blog, the difference between amateur writing and professional writing.

I am also grateful to her for pointing out that, contrary to what some people may think, it is NOT a waste of time to take pains over grammar, diction, and syntax.

"Few writers have what it takes to produce 'great writing'," Maddox says, "but even a great storyteller requires professional writing skills to get the story across to the reader."

And then, an important observation:

The difference between amateur writing and professional writing is rewriting.

Read the post, which offers a close look at the work of an amateur, in its entirety here: "A Sample of Amateur Writing".


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