How to Internalize Writing?
Many people have difficulty writing, and in practice, this should not be so. We understand that writing, before being judged difficult, should be more understood.
Besides being an instrument of communication, writing is an extension of the human voice, because it increases the range of scope of what we enunciate; in addition, writing also represents the culture, the identity of the enunciator. It is a voice-expanding, value-loaded drive.
Voices of the Writers It is thanks to the writing that the voices of so many authors of past centuries remain alive; they continue to echo in their books, speaking to and influencing readers in the most distant and varied places in the world.
For these – and so many others – reasons, would not it be worth an effort, an extra commitment for the acquisition of writing?
Where is the difficulty in writing?
The questions “why is it easier to read than to write?” And “why is it easier to hear than to speak?” Return almost automatic answers, because of course we intuit that concentrated reading consumes less energy than writing – attentive listening consumes less energy than speech. Therefore, we conclude that reading and listening, respectively, require less energy expenditure than writing and speaking.
Now, a third question arises: “Why is the tendency of most people to speak more than to listen?” We believe this is due to some psychological motivation, probably already known to psychologists.
Here, our intention is not to answer that question. We only want to use this fact as a bridge to a new reflection: Is it possible to make writing as simple as speaking? We believe so.
In speech, when we need to communicate we emit meaningful vocal sounds – words. These, when they reach the ears of the interlocutor, are able to convey precisely what we want: a question, a request, a criticism, a compliment, etc.
We have learned the process of speaking since when we were children. Today this process happens automatically, and we do not even remember how that learning happened. We simply internalize the processes of speech and now our brain no longer finds any resistance to transform thought into voice.
Is it possible to internalize writing?
In this article, when we use the term “internalization” we are not referring to the same concepts developed by Vygotsky. By internalization we want to name that state in which the execution of a task becomes as natural as the act of speaking, walking and breathing.
That said, our main question is this: if we were able to internalize the speech process, why could not we internalize the writing process as well?
To learn to speak, we first hear. The mother, delighted with the baby, usually talks to him as if they are really talking. The most common words are mom, dad, suck, papar; then auntie, aunt, grandma, grandpa, etc.
From listening so much, the child begins to associate the sounds with their respective meanings. Then, one day, she begins to babble, until at last she can repeat each sound under the stimulus of the warm applause of the family.
When we speak, we also use gestures and facial expressions. We instinctively know how important these elements are in communication. We also use the intonations that facilitate, for example, the differentiation between a question and a statement (I’m fine, I’m fine?).
In writing, facial expressions and intonations are communicated (transmitted) through punctuation and other graphic elements.
Like speech, writing
We have already seen that the process of speech happens gradually. So we believe that this should be so with writing as well.
If we learn to speak by listening, we similarly believe that the best way to internalize writing is by reading.
But as we read, it is good that we also study good grammar. Believe me, she can be our friend. Through it it is possible to facilitate the process of acquiring writing.
Although unprepared teachers have made grammar a torture tool for their students, it was not for this purpose that it was created. Its purpose is to establish a standardization for written language.
Therefore, we suggest avoiding the normativist grammars, still stuck to norms that are already outdated for our linguistic reality. Give preference to grammars that are based on the practice of linguistic analysis and that see the language as something alive and in constant transformation.
The process of internalizing writing may not be as time-consuming as speech, if taken seriously. And the advantages that come from acquiring writing must always be brought to memory. It is worth every effort.
And the most interesting thing is that the internalization of writing is not a boring process, like going to school and being deprecated by a teacher. Instead! Writing is an achievement, it is a tool that can give us power and pleasure. At each stage of learning, we can find new possibilities and inspiration.
1) Read, as far as possible, the most diverse types of texts: comic books, newspapers, magazines, novels, academic articles, manuals, poetry, everything! The more genres you can read, the more you can learn about new ways of communicating through writing.
2) Study in good grammars – those that are based on the practice of linguistic analysis.
3) And practice writing.
If you follow these steps, we believe that in a short time new trails will open in your brain; and through them the thought may flow right from your head to the paper or to the computer screen – just as fluently as when you speak. Get started now!
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