Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Robert Downey Jr.: Why good writing is so important

The ability to write well is a skill that is almost taken for granted nowadays. That's why it is always surprising to me to hear peers (usually ones who don't share my major) talking about how much they hate writing, how pointless they think it is, etc.

Which is why I'm going to put this blog post on the back burner and pull it out the next time I hear someone complaining like that.

Apparently, Robert Downey Jr. did a lot o collaborating on the screenplay for Iron Man 2, and even some for a few scenes in the first Iron Man. In the blog post, director Jon Favreau is quoted: "Even in the first film, where he [Downey Jr.] was originally a hired gun playing the role, he really stepped up to rewrite scenes - he's a great writer, too. So we are really sharing the responsibilities, too."

I mean, if a multi-millionaire actor like Robert Downey Jr. finds ways to use good writing at his job, it follows that most anyone will be able to find a way to put those skills to use in their field. Even fancy brain surgeons and rocket scientists still have to write articles and research proposals and evaluations, right?

The power and importance of good writing should not be underestimated.

Especially when it comes to getting and keeping a job.

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