Writing Badly

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Bad writing is almost always a love poem addressed by the self to the self. The person who will admire it first and last and most is the writer herself.

Over at the Guardian, writer Toby Litt explores what makes bad writing so terrible. Not only is bad writing boring and “written defensively,” but “bad writers often believe they have very little left to learn,” Litt says.


Stephanie Bento is a writer, classical cellist, and photographer living in Washington, DC. In her writing, she is interested in exploring the musicality of sound and form, and our connection to time and place. Find out more about her creative work at saudadebelle.com, or say hello/bonjour on Twitter @saudadebelle. More from this author →