Why is it important to be a good writer?
Becoming a good writer is important for almost every profession. This is particularly true for people in the field of psychology which is highly dependent upon effective communication. If you do not learn to write well you could 1) lose referral sources, 2) have difficulty getting a good job, and 3) end up trying to defend your writing in court because of it was not clear in your notes and reports. Additionally, if you don't learn to write well early on in your graduate career, your disseration is going to be a nightmare that may even delay when you graduate!
One of my greatest regrets as a college and graduate student is not placing more emphasis on learning to become a good writer. While I believe I received a great education, this is one area where I was disappointed with my professors. I wish they would have held me accountable to becoming a good writer. Even now, after having published articles, papers, and editing a book, I still feel like I am only learning to become a good writer. If you struggle writing, it is not something for which you should be ashamed. It is better to be aware of this challenge and do all you can to correct it as early as possible. Seek out help now to learn to write well and it will serve you well the rest of your education and career.
For more thoughts on why it is important to write, check out this brief web page written by Dr. John Hoffman.