Words of Wisdom
You don't start out writing good stuff. You start out writing crap and thinking it's good stuff, and then gradually you get better at it. That's why I say one of the most valuable traits is persistence.
Writing Center hosts a podcast entitled "In a Word" on our local public radio station, KAMU-FM. It airs every Wednesday morning at 8:30 am and provides short tips on writing and speaking.
The podcast was originally conceived and recorded by Mary Beth Schaefer, a former writing center consultant. It has since been taken over by Candace Hastings, the Director of the University Writing Center.
You can listen to the podcast online
Episodes so far have included writing memos, cover letters, and thank you letters, designing slides, dealing with writer's block, and writing effective introductions, just to name a few.