• Koen Bok, over 5 years ago

    What are your favorite tips for getting better at writing? Any specific ones for people that are used to focus on visual communication?

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    • Ash HuangAsh Huang, over 5 years ago (edited over 5 years ago )

      Sorry everyone—learned not to use emojis in comments :) n00b problems.

      Hi Koen! Great q. Writing and design are very similar. In writing, you also primarily worry about story, contrast, hierarchy and pacing. I found that poetry was a good way to get started. It's similar to making little design moodboards, conveying ideas in the simplest, most effective and beautiful way.

      And, like design, the best way is to sit your butt down in a chair and write. You can read all about it, but as I often say, nothing cures but doing the work. This is the only way to develop your voice and figure out what interests you. A teacher once told me that when we write, we reveal our obsessions. I have found this to be true. You have to be mildly obsessed to keep going through writer's block and doubt (it's just like having a great mission statement!)

      If you're looking for things to read, two of my favs: Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg and The Forest for the Trees by Betsy Lerner

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