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What Does it Take to be a Good Writer? - May 29th 2015, 04:02 AM

This was a message originally sent to the world renowned author/Youtuber/unofficially titled comedian John Green, and his brother, fellow Youtuber Hank but I wanted to get your advice about it as well:

"This is just a quick question for the new podcast, but what do you think it takes to be a writer?

I have been feeling slightly inadequate lately, in my writing and expression, particularly by way of essays. I am quite proud of my ability to write essays, but I went to my teacher once and I can't remember what the conversation was but mid-way through she says "anyone off the streets can write a good essay, essay writing is easy".

I watched your video (John) about the editing process and how complicated the role of an editor is. You read out some of the sentences from your editor and in particular, this complicated statement surrounding the role of one of the characters, asking the question "what constitutes martyrdom?" I had no idea what any of that statement meant and if someone sent that advice to me, I wouldn't even know where to start. I don't know any of the really complex literary techniques that are out there and I don't know what subordinate clauses are, nor do I know what any of this means:

1.Like all dependent clauses, it will contain a verb (and it will also contain a subject unless it is a non-finite dependent clause). However, in a pro-drop language the subject may be a zero pronoun—that is, the pronoun may not be explicitly included because its identity is conveyed by a verbal inflection.

2.It will begin with a relative adverb [when, where, or why in English] or a relative pronoun [who, whom, whose, that, or which in English]. However, the English relative pronoun may be omitted and only implied if it plays the role of the object of the verb or object of a preposition in a restrictive clause; for example, He is the boy I saw is equivalent to He is the boy whom I saw, and I saw the boy you are talking about is equivalent to the more formal I saw the boy about whom you are talking.

3.The relative clause will function as an adjective, answering questions such as "what kind?", "how many?" or "which one?".

However, I probably use "non-finite dependent clauses" all the fucking time. I was tested on complicated grammar concepts such as the one above, and I obviously failed the test, but it made me think do I need to know this to be able to write. Am I a good storywriter if all I am is a good writer of stories?


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