I don't write in English

I have been upset a lot of times, because I do not write good English, until I read this post

Four Steps to Finding Your Ideal Writing Voice | Copyblogger http://bit.ly/9jgFAP

I am saved, I will go on writing and blogging.

2 comments (Add your own)

1. Chai wrote:
I have written to Clint Watson at canvoo.com

What to do? My English isn''t good, even living in Oz for 40 years, have Masters in Education (computers in schools) and still terrible English writings.
checkout my pa''s war memoirs on my site

http://chaifamilyhistory.publishpath.com

What are your thoughts?

Awaiting his response and will track here

Sat, June 19, 2010 @ 1:23 AM

2. Chai wrote:
I thought I will share my exchange with Joy Tanksley because of her excellent article on this here

chai June 18, 2010 at 10:45 pm 85
I wrote my father’s story in Malaysian Chinese Voice and I failed my English, but the teacher said the ideas got A+. I am not English, please look at my pa’s war memoir on http://chaifamilyhistory.publishpath.com/ and tell me what you tell. Do I have voice? thanks

Joy June 19, 2010 at 9:08 am

@Chai – It has been my experience with students who are leaning a new language that voice and style are some of the last things to develop. I read a bit of your writing, and you really have some beautiful and powerful phrases in the piece about your pa. I think you are well on your way! My guess is that your voice is quite strong when you write in your native language, and that it will naturally become a part of your English writing in time. Good luck with the process!


June 19, 2010 at 12:37 pm

Dear Joy, its too late for me, I am in my golden years, never written in my native language or spoken it for 40 years. Had only English all my life and I think I will never improve because I have not mastered English yet. My wife is English and she has also told me she has worried about my writing and has seen me write the same way for ever it seems. She has tried to help and proof read my English but to no avail! So What to do?

June 19, 2010 at 1:10 pm

@Chai – Sorry I misunderstood your situation! Honestly, I don’t even know what “mastering English” would mean. You are writing about things that matter to you, clearly expressing your ideas, and (hopefully) enjoying doing it. I say, keep it up and let go of the concept of mastery. I think it gets in the way. Best wishes to you!

June 19, 2010 at 2:05 pm

Thanks Joy, Just love your article, I am very passionate about family matters, and have a lot of time because we have no children. We are semi-retired and I read a lot and blog a great deal and in addition to family history, I delved into the art world with my wife who is an outsider artist. I like writing best without proof reading, the ideas just flow. I have just started to write in my website and have just got it running in just a few days. I code in html, and into computers and anything internet. I do seo and content management as a biz, but suffers from my defiency in my English. I am an old computer nerd, who started with a slide rule to log tables and pcs in 1981, and now still keen on pcs. Genealogy is my passion, biggest success is finding 42000 descendants of my wife in Victoria, Australia.
Thank you.

Sat, June 19, 2010 @ 2:17 PM

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