Friday, September 07, 2012

There Is Something To Be Said For Reading Bad Writing

I've said before here that there is value in reading poor quality writing. Avi says something similar in his blog post The Anatomy of Mediocrity. It's not so much that I read dreadful writing and think, as he does, “I can do better than this!” Or, “I write better than this!” In my case, it's more like,  I hope I can do better than this, or Dear God, don't let me write this badly.

But, yes, you can learn from reading writing you don't like. It becomes a model for what you don't want to do.

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