5 obstacles to better writing—and how to overcome them

Becoming a better writer involves challenges similar to the challenges of learning to play the piano, this author contends. Here are her tips for emerging victorious at both.

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Am I speaking Greek, I wonder? Are there really people who’ve missed my mightyobsession with mind-mapping?

I had some insight into this quandary recently, thanks to my piano lessons. I’ve noticed that my teacher has to mention principles many times before I respond. For example:

Although I am thrilled to learn the piano (a lifetime goal) and adore my thoughtful and sympathetic teacher, I also receive an unexpected gift from my weekly lesson: the insight it gives me into teaching others.

I have the usual share of not-so-attractive qualities bedeviling all humans, but I’ve never been a slow learner. Nor do I shy away from hard work. So, why do I find playing the piano so difficult? (And, perhaps, why do you find it so hard to write?) There are five reasons:

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