[轉貼] [翻譯] 你不是天生的作家

You were not born a writer. 你不是天生的作家 ( Original Source: You Were Not Born a Writer )

翻譯:Vedfolnir



… many writers have natural talent, but for the most part, writing is a learned skill. It often takes time and practice to hone this skill. … 許多作家確實擁有寫作的天賦,但是對於大部分人而言,寫作是種可以透過時間及練習而學習到的技能。

When I first started writing, I couldn’t form a coherent sentence. … but I’ve worked very hard to become a better writer. It’s something I work on each time I write. 當我開始寫作的時候,我也無法寫出像樣的句子。… 但我透過不斷的努力以期成為更好的作家。現在的我,也開始能寫些確實符合期待的文字。
I’ve seen many bloggers … beat themselves up over one little mistake. I know how this feels because I literally cringe when I find a mistake in my own work, but it happens. It doesn’t make me less of a writer because I make mistakes; it makes me more aware that I’m not perfect. None of us are perfect writers. 我遇到過許多部落格作家,他們… 仔細推敲找出文字中的每個細小的錯誤。我知道這種感覺,因為我也曾仔細的挑出文字中的每一處錯誤,但仍然有可能遺漏了。但是這種錯誤,並不會影響我成為作家的能力,我犯過許多錯,而這些錯誤讓我知道明白自己的問題,這樣會讓我更加進步。記住,我們都不是完美的作家。
Writing well is a skill, but like all skills, it can be learned. … if you aren’t working out the writing muscle it will suffer. 寫出好的文字是種技能,但是就像所有技能一樣,是可以學習得到的。… 如果你​不定期的訓練自己的寫作技能,就會逐漸的失去他。
One of the biggest mistakes any writer can ever make is comparing themselves to another writer. We each write with a different style, and we are each on a different level of the learning curve. If you feel you’re struggling as a writer; practice. Write more. Write all day. Write as many words as you possibly can and when you think you’ve improved just a bit, write some more. 很多作家最常犯的錯誤,是和別的作家比較。我們每人都有不同的寫作風格,也有著不同的學習曲線。如果你正努力想成為作家,那就練習、多寫,每天的寫。盡你可能的寫,尤其當你感覺進步的時候,再寫更多一點。
Improve Your Writing Skills 增進你的寫作技巧
  1. Stop editing while you work and start writing. 當你寫作的時候,不要一開始就不斷的修改文字。
  2. Allow yourself to write something totally crappy. 允許你自己寫出糟糕的文字。
  3. Allow yourself to use off-the-wall words or big fancy words. 允許你自己使用一些瘋狂或富有想像力的文字。
  4. Study the craft of writing. 學習寫作技巧。
  5. Stop comparing yourself to someone else. You are unique, as a person and as a writer. 停止與別人比較。你是獨一無二的人,而且是獨一無二的作家。
  6. Invest in reference materials. Don’t use the Internet for all your reference work. Invest in real books and use them. Learn to enjoy the feel of those books in your hands. 投資自己,購買一些參考資料。不要完全只用網路上的文獻。買些真正的書籍並使用他們,享受將書握在手裡的感覺。
  7. Take notes or use a highlighter in those reference books. It really is okay to write in the books you own. … 在參考書裡頭寫上註釋或用螢光筆劃上重點,在你自己的書上寫些東西是完全沒有問題的。 …
… we all know Hemingway is considered one of the masters of all time. But he clearly admits to throwing most of his material out. It wasn’t up to his standards. He worked to improve it constantly, just as writers of today must work on their skills to improve them. … 我們都知道海明威是非常傑出的作家。但是他也承認他扔掉了許多沒有達到他標準的文字。他不斷努力的增進寫作技巧,就像今天的作家們也在提高自己的寫作技能一般。
You were not born a writer, but with consistent practice, you can become one of the masters, just like Hemingway. 你或許不是天生的作家,但只要透過持之以恆的鍛煉,你也可以像海明威那樣成為出色的作家。
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