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How to Get Started Writing

I could be facetious and say, “Start Writing.”

However, that doesn’t do anybody any good. The reasons people write or don’t write are many and varied. The most important reason people don’t write is that they don’t believe they can. If you drum this belief into yourself often enough and long enough you will find (wonder of wonders) that you can’t write.

Let’s begin at the beginning. Yesterday I made it clear that even non-writers write every day. Every time you compose words in sentences that make sense you are writing. Unfortunately, most people believe that writing is limited to the act of putting words on paper. And that’s where they get scared.

You see, saying something verbally is safe. The words come out of your mouth, hover in the air for a few seconds, and vanish. Nobody remembers whether you made a mistake, whether the words were grammatical, or whether the spelling was good or not. The message got across and that’s what counts.

Putting words on paper, however, is permanent. Other people can read those words. Other people can comment on those words. Other people can criticize or worse yet find errors in those words. Truly scary stuff.

Therefore, when people say, “I am not a writer,” they are really saying, “I am afraid that the words I put on paper for others to see and comment on won’t be good enough.” This fear remains unspoken. It shows up not as fear but as a consicious belief that whatever you write is no good and therefore better not written at all. The very act of putting words on paper becomes painful because of this belief.

Here’s the solution. You must give yourself permission to write badly. You must also realize that what you write badly will never be seen by the general public because it is a first draft and not the final version. Professional writers know that first drafts are awful and write anyway because they will rewrite until it becomes good.

Hemingway said that all first drafts were awful. He should know because he rewrote some passages in his novels 10, 20, even 30 or more times. He also said that genius is 98% hard work.

So here’s my challenge to all you non-writers out there. Write anyway. Release the painful feeling of incompetence. Write like you talk. You’ll get your message across and you’ll be surprised at how good your writing is. And you have the luxury of taking as much time as you want to fix it before you show it to anyone.

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9 comments to How to Get Started Writing

  • Great post! I did want to be a writer when I was small and how great the internet is to open up so many open doors for all of us!

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  • Wow! I really needed to read this tonight. I know that I need to write and although I have no trouble talking, LOL< I do tend to freeze when I'm putting words into an article I propose to send 'out there' to the online world! Thank you for the encouragement and putting this out here for us!

  • Excellent article. I can think of a few people straight away who need to read this. Writing isn't always a born skill, sometimes it's learned, if you try, sometimes you can surprise yourself.

  • Good point. This is exactly the kind of advice that helped me start writing back when I was in college. Back then I was reading Natalie Goldberg and Ken Macrorie. I wish more schools would teach with their and your philosophy. To write well you must write badly first.

  • Good point. This is exactly the kind of advice that helped me start writing back when I was in college. Back then I was reading Natalie Goldberg and Ken Macrorie. I wish more schools would teach with their and your philosophy. To write well you must write badly first.

  • Good point. This is exactly the kind of advice that helped me start writing back when I was in college. Back then I was reading Natalie Goldberg and Ken Macrorie. I wish more schools would teach with their and your philosophy. To write well you must write badly first.

  • Thanks for sharing this info! Looking forward to reading more of your writing tips! #blog30

  • Great tips and article! Looking forward to more of your works!

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