Slowly, the year is coming to an end and I cannot help looking back to search for my achievements. Scraping here guys, hang on…
A retired journalist gave me this funny little tip to become more productive:
Read! Read anything and everything and most of all, things you usually wouldn’t chose. At all. Ever.
So, I may have read a few local newspapers, those free ad-heavy ones, a few women’s magazines and even, shivers, a Bild Zeitung here and there. Tabloids are written in a really strange way and it is interesting how many question marks you can place on one page. Let’s not digress.
I’m not sure what psychological idea really hides here. It seems a lot easier to look at structure and language when you are not involved in the topic. Like beekeeping or cooking up a storm. Maybe you just (re)connect things in your brain, that are usually not linked. I would never volunteer to pick up a soccer magazine or one about trains. Some of the texts are so bad, that you get this I-can-do-this-better-feeling.
Whatever the magic behind this writing tip is, I offered my newly found insight to my writing friend, who just brushed me off with something like
If you want your writing to improve, rather read Proust.
What do you think works? Are you on Team Tabloid or Team Proust?
Do you have other tips to share?
Have a nice Humb Day! We’ve got this.