As a writer, the creator of The Writing Course, and the father of 5 children who write quite well, I can tell you that there are some really good reasons to work on writing. In fact, I can tell you that my own ability to write as been greatly enhance by courses and books.
And too…nothing quite helps like writing itself. Here are my 18 reasons you (or your kids) should add a writing course to your life-learning:
- If you can write well you are ahead of most of the people you’ll ever meet
- The ability to write-on-demand (at will) can catapult a college or business career
- Once reluctance to write is gone the skill can be learned…which turns out to be true as a great lesson for many areas in life.
- Learning to write well usually means readiness for school and job applications, SAT, essay competitions, college applications, etc.
- Once a student knows how to write, conflict leaves in this area so schooling and relationships can get a little better. I’d say it this way, “A child feels closer to a mother who isn’t seen as the source of his tears.”
- Closeness and family friendship increases with the sharing of written stories
- People often can share more honest, and intimate, thoughts in writing than in person
- Writing is rightly known as thinking on paper…learning the skill of writing is also training in the skill of clear thought
- Writing well tends to improve the ability to read well
- Entire career choices (and college majors) can be considered as legitimate options by the one who can write effectively and easily
- The skill of writing is actually essential to learning most subjects
- Overcoming the fear of writing translates into how to overcome almost any fear
- If you think about it, every year thousands of students flunk out of (or quit) school because of the lack of writing skill alone. In other words, if they could write well, they’d still be in school…
- Winning your appeal of grades, insurance claims, tax issues, legal matters, etc., are very often dependent on the ability to write clearly and effectively
- Writing for oneself (journaling-type activities) have been proved to be incredibly helpful in personal growth…which is what learning by writing is all about
- The pen IS mightier than the sword…more power and more protection than learning a martial art
- Writing is a great way to ‘good company’ when you are alone
- Writers can impact the world by daring to write
Finally, practicing writing is the key. Of course, FEAR is the biggest reason we don’t write (or practice). The Writing Course is a powerful study and how we conquered fear as a family in this area…including such things as others’ opinions, grammar, spelling, punctuation, how to get ideas, and how to guarantee interestingness, etc.
Off to learn,
Dr. Fred Ray Lybrand