Why Good Writing Matters
Donald Sutherland (you might know him from such little-known films as The Hunger Games and The Dirty Dozen) recently published an article in the Globe and Mail about the Canadian Government’s controversial decision to deny voting rights to Canadians who don’t reside full-time in Canada. His article was shared over 90,000 times, and sparked a debate across multiple news and social media sites.
You might think that the days of long form editorial essays are over, replaced by quick texts, abbreviated slang, and 140 character tweets, but thankfully, that’s not the case! Mr. Sutherland’s now infamous contribution to the Globe and Mail only goes to show how much power writing has in our society. His essay sparked a nationwide debate that involved people of all generations. It reminded us that writing still has the power to inspire, educate, and force change on a global scale.
You might be thinking: what does this have to do with me? Well, the point is that good writing matters. Learning to craft your ideas and opinions into deft prose will give you not only an advantage at the university level, but also a clear voice in the world. You have the power—just as much as anyone else—to make your voice heard and get your ideas out there. The only constraint is the vehicle you use to do it. It doesn’t matter what you hope to do in the future; whether you’re planning to become a writer, an artist, a politician, a plumber, an electrician, or a real estate agent, being able to write in a clear and concise way will always give you an extra edge.
These days, with most of our communication done via text and email, clear communication is more important than ever. Professionally, people will respond much better to a thoughtfully composed email than to a quick, jargon-filled blast. That kind of language is all well and good on social media, but it’s not acceptable in a professional setting. If you want your clients to see you as professional and educated, no matter what type of business you’re in, communicating in clear and logical text will show them that you value their time.
Consider using the writing you have to do in university as a prep course for future success. Take each painstaking essay and group project as a call to action, preparing you for the moment when a carefully composed email might make the difference between being hired or being fired, when a thoughtfully written letter might renew an old friendship or comfort someone in a time of need. Writing at the university level can be an incredible tool to achieve future success, whatever that means to you. Be sure to use it.
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Sutherland, Donald. (2015, July 28) I’m a Canadian ¬– and I should have a right to vote The Globe and Mail. Retrieved August 26th, 2015 from http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-debate/im-canadian-and-i-have-a-right-to-vote/article25731634/