I realize that I can’t speak for everyone, but let’s be honest here—few are the people that truly love writing. Sure, many are those who claim to enjoy writing in their free time, but that “passion” often seems like its little more than a hipster-induced craze.
When it comes time to actually sit down and start typing away, there are simply more appealing things to do.
More often than not, at least from what I’ve both seen and heard, writing is viewed as a type of activity most comparable to having one’s shins hit repeatedly with a wiffle ball bat. How can this be?
Well, as far as I’m concerned, there are a few reasons for such a lack of editorial enthusiasm in the good ol’ United States:
Writing Calls for Concentration
I’m a younger guy, so I totally get how difficult it can be to focus for long periods of time.
While both my parents and grandparents apparently spent the entirety of their youth building character, us millennials are more accustomed to spending our free time on any one of our personal electronic devices.
Needless to say, with so much entertainment at our fingertips, it can be hard to focus on what most would consider run-of-the-mill entertainment outlets. As such, concentration suffers and the desire to write is almost completely destroyed.
Writing Requires Research
No, BuzzFeed lists and Tumblr posts don’t count as real “research.” At the same time, however, I’m not talking about the old-school research that was required to throw together a few term papers in high school or college.
Ya know, with like Wikipedia and stuff?
Conversely, research with the intent to write (not a crime) is substantially more arduous and involves hunting for the most minute of details so as to ensure that any editorial production stands out as a unique creation. Simply put, the tediousness of it all turns many people off.
Writing Demands Thought
Remember when old writing professors would talk about the value of creating an outline before starting in on an assignment? Yes, this was annoying as heck, but there was a method to their madness.
Though the content found on this blog would certainly beg to differ, for persuasive writing to be as influential as possible, each individual reader must be taken into consideration.
For this reason, the layout of an argument is of the utmost importance. To make this happen, a great deal of painstaking thought is necessary.
What do you think—am I correct in my assessment of the state of writing? Do people really try and avoid writing at all costs, or is this something I’m blowing out of proportion? If willing, take a moment or two to express your thoughts in the comments section below.
Lucas Miller is the Founder of Echelon Copy. When not writing, editing or running, he's working tirelessly to perfect what he claims is the "World's Greatest Pompadour." Additionally, for what it's worth, his editorial works have been featured on Social Media Today, Business2Community, Ragan's PR Daily, Spin Sucks and many other top-tier PR publications.