Wednesday, 18 September 2013
Friends and strangers often ask me how I got the confidence to write and where the skill came from. I still dispute the skill part but I'm more than happy to share the key to my seeming confidence.
There are three things that allow me to write and they are all you need.
1. Write for yourself
I never write anything for the validation or love of anyone else. My writing comes from the need to articulate and sort through my thoughts. That means that when the tapping on the keyboard ends and the readings are read and the brain dump is done then my mind is at peace.
You must find your own reason to write. Simply putting words together will not result in the authenticity you need in your written voice.
2. Write a lot
So many good writers talk about the fact that they treat their writing like a job. They write from 9-5 in the way we do our day jobs. Yes, that's a tough thing to do or mostly impossible unless you are being paid for it or are funemployed. You still must write.
Find the time to write and do it regularly. It will improve your ability to write in your voice.
3. Read a lot
Nothing will teach you how to say something like listening to someone else say that. Hanging around with people who love and play with words can be complimented by reading a lot. If it has words on it and you can make it stay still enough long enough to read it then tie it down.
The best speakers and writers are huge readers. Pick up that book.
So write for yourself and do it a lot and fill the rest of the time with reading and living.