Slaying pedantry and trolls
Since December 2008, at least once a year, I listen to Stephen Fry's podcast on language. The subject in itself is fascinating but the delivery has all the rhythm, pace and in some sense even a melody making it a listening experience which rivals many a tune out there in the world.
Listening to the episode again on the same week Pete posted about slaying one's inner troll has given me a fresh outlook on how I need to look at writing. Losing the fear of pedentry and trolls makes the idea of writing much easier.
This quote from the podcast episode sums up both lines of thought quite nicely:
Just let the words fly from your lips and your pen. Give them rhythm and depth and height and silliness. Give them filth and form and noble stupidity.