Writing never used to be a strong point of mine, at school English was always hands down my least favourite subject, probably because I was unknowingly dyslexic (yes, I had to spell check that) and didn’t find out until I had reached college, where I happily dropped all essay based subjects and stuck with the sciences. I just wasn’t good at it, written words have never come easy for me and so I just avoided writing where possible. When I started this blog I was under the disillusion that I could just post some nice images of what I had been up to, with just a couple of sentences to explain; when in all honesty the thing I enjoyed most about the blogs I read was their written content, more so than the images. And so post by post I began writing more and more, and it’s only been the last couple of months that I haven’t had B proof read every post about four times before it goes live. I’ve slowly begun schooling myself to become a little less precious with my writing and to have fun with it a bit more. Yes, I probably ramble a bit too much, but I’m still not very good at cutting things back; and by no means am I completely confident in my writing skills. I’m definitely still developing/trying to find my own style and what works best for me, but I’m getting there.
I’m not really sure what I’m trying to get across with this post, but recently I was asked to contribute two articles to my local magazine, and at first I was like ‘how can I get out of this’, no way is my writing ability anywhere near good enough to go into print, but the articles were to be on birds (a favourite topic of mine if you hadn’t noticed already) and B managed to talk me round, and I just thought sod it, why not. What I’m trying to say I guess is that, it’s ok not to be good at something straight from the get go, it’s so easy to shy away from something if it doesn’t come naturally at first, but perseverance does pay off. I’m not saying my writing skills have drastically improved, but my confidence certainly has – I mean if I’d been asked six months ago it would have been an outright no straight away. I don’t think I’m ever going to be fully happy with any bit of writing I do, but I’m definitely willing to try, avoiding anything just because you find it hard is never a good idea. Always face your demons – cheesy I know, but true, nobody can face them for you.
Anyway, below are the articles in question; which I wrote for the South East London Journal’s latest print, ‘The High Rise Issue’. The SELondon Journal is a local free magazine, they’re 5 issues in, and they cover everything from restaurant reviews to indepth articles of local history. As I said, the articles were to be about birds, and even though it did take me a while to pluck up the courage to sit down and write them (and then kept asking for the hand-in date to be pushed back), they weren’t actually as hard to write as I imagined, writing about something you’re passionate about is always slightly easier. Right, I’ll stop rambling and let you have a read, the Illustrations are by Alice Tye, it would be great to know what you think?
Thanks for reading, A