You want to write but you believe you are incompetent and by no means a writer. You have often said to yourself “I wish I could write… a song, an article, an essay or even a book,” but you never seriously pursued it. More importantly, you never believed in yourself. You worry about poor grammar skills, lack of training and the list of excuses are long enough to replenish an empty toilet paper roll.
What if I told you many successful writers can’t write either. Surprised, right?
However, with a little structure and some tools, you can become a writer – but you must stick around for the 3 parts of this article and the upcoming “Learning to Write,” course.
The bottom line is this; you can write with the same confidence as those imaginative thoughts which flow in your head. Yes, you can and you will…
Do you know that as a human being you are already blessed with intellect and creativity? Are you aware that your acquired knowledge, experience, skills and spoken words can be a powerful source of influence to others?
You were given an amazing gift – a brain (you are not all head). Inherent is the ability to think, make decisions, create and store memories, learn, and express yourself. Did I mention that this brain comes fully loaded with emotions which you already use to add flavor to the way you do things?
With your special brand of knowledge, experience, and application, you have acquired a wealth of expertise — qualified by trial and error and now it’s ready to be unleashed. Since we humans learn from the voices of others (expressed through writing and otherwise), you can also hop onto the bandwagon and share your awesome chorus with the world.
Writing is one of the most powerful ways to immortalize moments in time called life. Long after people have passed on, their words continue to inspire us for generations. As we grow in knowledge beyond our starting point, we become masters of hindsight, the present and are able to shape our future using lessons from the past.
These pieces of life begin to fit together as the big picture becomes clearer. When the need arises, we can all withdraw from the annals of time by referring to them. This treasure collected over time can reward us with the accrued interest called wisdom and knowledge. So let’s learn to write and leave an inheritance for our eager audience.
Warning: These writing tips are guaranteed to turn you into a writer once you apply a little (but) consistent effort. This approach will not be the traditional one where you just get a great list of do’s and don’ts. First, I want to go a little beyond the practical by dealing with the approach and mindset towards writing.
How did your interest in writing start?
- Was it after reading a captivating novel by your favorite author, or an inspiring article in a magazine or on a website?
- Maybe a series of life-changing experiences have left you with the overwhelming urge to write
- You have become quite knowledgeable about certain topics and now want to share that experience with others
- You get a flood of ideas, inspirational thoughts or devotions and decide you need to write them down
- You enjoyed writing essays while at school but haven’t had much time to write since…
Whatever the reason, you may have attempted to take it to another level several times but gave up because you got stuck, distracted or stopped believing in yourself.
I too have lost many bits of paper and notepads filled with ideas, partial songs and first paragraphs of books over the years. I know; I was there. I overcame this by changing my attitude and approach to writing. I simply accepted and acted on the following three things. This can be your approach too.
1. I Need to Be Me
This allows you to express yourself more easily because what you write will be from your own area of expertise, frame of reference and perspective. It also creates a natural flow by connecting the network of dots in your thoughts, ideas, experiences, and knowledge.
2. What I Have to Say Is Important
I am not saying that you should be conceited? No, but embracing the value you see in yourself and its impact on those close to you automatically validates your importance.
This is not dependent on what others may think or say about you either. Knowing your self-worth and your significance will qualify you to speak with authority and confidence. Knowing your
3. I Can Inspire Others
Understanding who you are aligns you with and makes you relevant to your followers. The fruit of/from your life can be shared with them; they who hunger for your wisdom.
Just know that some will eat the fruit while others may take a bite and throw it away. After all, some like avocados and some don’t (can you imagine that?).
However, with the world’s population standing at 7.6 billion and a growing internet user-base of 4.2 billion, you are sure to have an audience, i.e. a niche or people-group of similar mindsets, looking for real solutions. You potentially have a number of people you can reach and make a difference in their lives.
Once you have taken the approach above, you will now be in a position to monetize what you love to do. More about this later.
Please share your thoughts in the comments section below. Thanks for listening.
Now, where is Part 2? It should be around here somewhere. Here it is Part 2