Communications, Writing

Good Writers vs Bad Writers

Can we agree that writing is just a part of life? There’s really no way around it.

Knowing the numerical value of Pi hasn’t enhanced my life. Identifying different dinosaurs hasn’t helped my career at all. But I’ve had to make my own resume so I could find a job. I’ve had to write letters and contracts. Writing is just something (I believe) everyone should know how to do!

But it doesn’t come easy for everyone. You know how some people just seem to be naturally good at writing? They pick up a pen and paper and come up with something that just speaks to you. And the whole time you read their writing you’re thinking to yourself, “That’s exactly how I feel but I just couldn’t find the words…”

You can do that too! It doesn’t matter what your walk of life or your career is. You can still be a good writer just like your favorite author or meme page (hey, they come up with good stuff sometimes). If you doubt this, get that doubt out of your head right now! Sure there are variations in writing styles, but there’s really only one thing that separates a good writer from a “bad” one. It’s not a college education. It’s not about being constantly inspired. The only thing that separates these two types of writers is practice.

Yup, that’s it! Oh, I’m sorry if that answer underwhelmed you but it’s really that simple. Think about anything new that you learn – walking, cooking, a new language – you always suck at it in the beginning. But the more you do it the easier it gets and these things eventually become second nature. Here are some exercises that you can do a few times a week to give you more confidence in your writing.

  • Write in a journal
  • Look up definitions to words that you don’t know
  • Read a news article or blog post (yes, reading helps with your writing!)
  • Subscribe to this Facebook page for writing tips each week!

These can be done from anywhere, they’re simple and most of all they’re free! Do you consider yourself to be “good” at writing? If not, what’s one thing that you struggle with?

Until next time…
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