Driving fast and writing badly

Driving fast and writing badly

Words are important: they change minds, they make things happen, and they bring what’s on the inside onto the outside. In other words they’re one of the main ways in which we, as humans, interact with other humans – and do business.

And even for those who don’t call themselves writers and don’t want to be writers, there’s usually a point in the day – or several – when it’s all about expressing yourself in words. So it’s probably just something you do, and something you’ve done ever since you learnt to form your letters. But sometimes a couple of hours spent focusing on something you take for granted can do a world of good.

Which is just what happened to me when I went on a speed awareness course. It shook up the way I drove, in a good way. I started enjoying the process of looking out for hazards, I found a new pleasure in driving well, and I learnt some interesting rules of the road that I’d never really thought about before. So it refreshed me and made me a better driver.

Writing isn’t, for most of us, a life-or-death activity like driving, but it is, for most of us, something we do a little of everyday. So if you’re stale, if you’re going through the motions, if you’re resorting to the words and phrases you’ve used a hundred times before, it could be time to do something about it.

I’m always up for running writing workshops and giving people new ways to approach how they write (and talk) about what they do, so do get in touch and ask me about it. I’m always up for attending speeding workshops too, but, sadly, next time I’m told it’ll be points on my licence.