Many people have told me they would like to start blogging/writing. The biggest part holding them back: they don’t know where to start. I struggled with the same problem when I began and still do at times. It takes practice to jot down your thoughts and at first, the task can be intimidating.
Like most things in life, the most important aspect about writing is confidence.
In high school I didn’t take lit honors or AP english and I always thought my writing was…average. I didn’t like writing and never thought it was something I would enjoy. Writing for me back then meant forming a thesis, perfecting my grammar, and using sophisticated words. Now, writing for me is about honesty. My first piece of advice is that as a writer, say what’s on your mind. Remember the primary reason you are writing is for yourself.
Don’t hold yourself to any standards. You’ll learn slowly through trial and error.
Don’t aim for perfection. As we know, perfection doesn’t exist. It’s more important to get your words out there.
Do not let others’ opinions on your writing hinder you. I have a great example of this actually: I’m reading Conversations with John Steinbeck and in one of his interviews, Steinbeck admitted he was fired from a job as a reporter because “he couldn’t write”. Imagine if that comment stopped him from writing.
So go out there and just try it! What do you have to lose?
Next week I’ll provide some more concrete advice on how to get started as a writer. But for now, keep these words in mind :).
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