Monday, 22 June 2009

Bloody Mondays.

After a good nights sleep for the first time in what feels like months, I awoke to an email from the editor of the Hearing Times stating that my articles are hardly in keeping with the style of the paper and I should 'hone my writing skills'. Yet they still want me to write for them when I've developed a more simplistic stance but that is not what I write for and I couldn't even if I wanted to, it makes me feel sickened reading something so dire and boring. After explaining that I realise my writing can be exaggerated and complex I felt like boarding the train to Surrey and hitch-hiking till I found their offices then having words.

My facebook status: 'questioning his own writing prominence and tempted to join the hippy troupe'.

Perhaps my writing can be almost incoherent to those who do not read much or merely wish scan through spotting the latest news with no time or regard for another ambitious piece of mine. But then as a deaf person, aren't I well within my rights to write in whichever way I want?

The Hearing Times staff are actually all hearing with no idea what it is like to even have a 10 per cent hearing loss let alone 95 per cent like myself and other profoundly deaf people. Maybe that is the issue, in my desperation to be on a equal level to those in the journalistic positions alike to how I speak and lip read within hearing group situations that 9 out of 10 do not even consider that I actually have a hearing loss when it would be far easier for myself to just say so.

Do I keep to my stubborn, complex demeanour and writing whilst incurring troubles along the way or change to someone not pencilled under 'needs psychiatrist attention'? Only time will tell.


The Plashing Vole said...

Try not to take it to heart too much. It may be that he's trying to be helpful - writing well takes an awful lot of practice and journalism's incredibly difficult.

On the other hand, he might be being unreasonable!

Natural Blues said...

You should read one of your articles yourself, and then imagine if you were someone else reading it. That helps me sometimes with my essays when I am trying to work out how to make it better or areas that could do with improvement and change.

...It is a bit harsh of her to just say that though, and not give you any pointers of how to ''hone your writing skills.'' A tad unhelpful.

Keep going at it anyway, its good experience isn't it.
Love you x