How Writing Has Been Improving Me


In the month and a half since I started contributing articles to this wonderful sport community, some positive changes about myself have occurred.

First, I try to collect more information of what I have interests without awareness and start researching about a topic which I have been paid attention.

For example, when I found about Fremantle’s playing list on a footy analysing post on a social media platform last month, I was curious more about Ross Lyon’s men (I wanted more details) and started collecting data for my own analysing. If I were not contributing articles for the Footy Almanac, I would just thought something like ‘Aww, Ross is not a good coach.’

It may be similar to the above change, now I am more eager to see how footy games are played and to learn more about the sport. As I would like to write match reports next AFL Season onwards, I need to gain skills in describing games and wish to write interesting articles with combination of surrounding events.

And then I take care more of English grammar rules now. Years ago, I was suggested to speak first without thinking grammar errors. While taking an English course in New Zealand a decade ago, European students tried to speak more and feared less of grammatical mistakes while Asian counterparts tried to create sentences that were perfect with grammar rules. I think it is because of the differences in how we studied at school (different education policies, cultures and etc.). As I wanted to live in New Zealand permanently at the time, I was keen to improve English (and I am still indeed). Anyway that methods are no longer my stuffs. As an author, I must obey grammar rules. I do not hesitate to use the online Oxford dictionary to find appropriate prepositions and to sort out my grammatical concerns to write accurate sentences.

As I mentioned in the article with the poem to recently re-drafted Saint Ahmed Saad, when my idea of writing a poem popped up,  I had previously been worried of bad skills. This time I had no fear to do one. In other words, I take new challenges.

Whilst taking an online diploma course in English Language and Literature last year, I learned that researching was important to write articles and I think analysing is also important in writing. I am not sure if professional journalists conduct their own analysis for their articles, but I find that I can see more details on topics which I am writing by conducting my own analyses as well as research.

Through conducting analyses, I find about myself again that I am good at numbers and mathematics. Then why not using skills and talents fully on writing more?

My curiousness of footy and other stuff including current affairs has been building up so that I can write better articles.

Improvement is still needed, but I strive for what I want in my life in both professional and personal time.

About Yoshihiro Imagawa

Love, passion and pride are seen on the footy that is the biggest part of my life. 1. St Kilda Club member: I am a passionate and crazy Sainter. Just hope we will win the second flag soon, especially after Dogs and Tigers having ended long premiership draughts. 2. The Osaka Dingoes Player and Public Relations Officer: Player number 44 that I chose to honour Stephen Milne with my wish being like a small forward like him. Lenny Hayes' hardworking attitudes are adopted on my trainings and practices. Nick Riewoldt's great plays are in my player audiobook too. 3. Writing: Here on the Almanac and also on the World Footy News. My skills utilise on great footy websites.


  1. Keiran Croker says

    Keep on aiming to improve Yoshi. You will probably be more proper than most of us!

  2. Hey Yoshihiro – research about Ross the Boss will pay you back in spades. He has a flood of premierships coming his way.

  3. G’day Keiran and Neil,

    Thank you for your warm comments and compliments. Your words encourage me to improve writing skills and indeed write more articles.

    I have been spending a lot of time to do some researches for new articles, but I enjoy it.

    Hey neilbelford, who is our generous boss?



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