Bloggers, writers and journalists

Writing QuoteThere are so many different forms of writing! How can one learn to be a great writer? When I think about it, these examples come to mind:

  • news reporting
  • feature writing
  • creative writing
  • novel writing – different genres
  • short stories – different genres
  • writer of children’s stories
  • blogging – different themes and purposes
  • technical, business and scientific writing
  • personal journal writing
  • copy-writing for websites or advertising/public relations
  • advertorials
  • policy writing for governments and other organisations

No doubt I have missed some types and styles of writing. I wonder how transferable the skills are between them. And what about the status or culture around the careers of such writers? Bloggers vs journalists for example? Are the boundaries shifting?

I have experimented with creative writing and loved it but find it really  hard to access the creative part of my imagination/inner self.

I can write business reports and tenders and the like –  I get some satisfaction out of doing a good job but they don’t excite me very much.

This week I enrolled in a five-week course to learn about feature writing for magazines and newspapers. I am enjoying it so far. The massive changes in writing practices will continue to evolve. Where will we be in ten years from now? Will we still have hard copy newspapers, I wonder?

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