If You’re Not a Natural-Born Writer, Read This
This assignment was a hit or miss for me. My grade depended on this final essay for my philosophy class. I couldn’t just write down anything that came to my mind, it had to be at least decent or “C+” worthy. This was when I realized that writing good essays wasn’t natural for me. I had to work harder than others and spend hours looking at a blank screen before I could come up with an exceptional sentence.
Have you ever struggled to come up with good content to write about?
Or are you having trouble writing on a consistent basis?
These are two things that you have to be capable of if you want to become a successful and prolific writer. These skills come naturally for others but not for yourself. You know that you’re capable of making a living with writing but you just can’t seem to put that inspiration onto paper.
I struggle with this too from time to time but I have figured out a few ways that help me have an easier time writing for extended periods of time. As you grow older and wiser, you start to realize a higher level of maturity in your writing. After all, your writing is supposed to be a representation of yourself right?
With the right amount of focus and effort, you can become a good writer. It seems that almost every successful blogger says this but they do have a point. Focusing on what you are good at when it comes to writing can have a huge impact on your career. When you put the same amount of effort as you do with how much you focus you put in then you will start to write about things that you actually enjoy and you’ll make it sound good too.
As a novice writer, I have figure out a few methods that have helped me to have an easier time writing that I hope will be helpful to you as well.
Write about what you already know
The best conversations that you have with friends and family seem to always be about topics that you actually enjoy or have an interest in. My friends and I spend hours talking about basketball over topics that are important to the world like politics. We have a great time talking about the sport because we have experience playing it and watching it. This makes the conversations genuine and easy to get through. This should go for your writing as well.
When you are starting off with your writing career, make an effort to write about things that you already have some expertise in.
If you know a lot about clothes and fashion, then use that to your advantage. You have to enjoy what you are writing about in order for other people to enjoy it as well. You are adding a unique perspective to these topics.
Many people will either find your perspective boring or fascinating. Remember that you cannot please everyone with your writing so don’t worry about trying to impress the entire world with your knowledge. The few people that do find your writing enjoyable will let you know and will keep coming back to read your content.
Writing about things that you already know about will take a lot of stress off of your writing process. You can even use this technique when following a prompt. If you are writing for school or a newsletter, find ways to add in some of your own personal knowledge and you will feel more comfortable when writing.
Take a few minutes to think about some topics that you really enjoy, make an effort to write about them, and how you can use that knowledge to help people who are reading your content.
Make posts that are based on research
This technique is for my fellow beginner bloggers. It can be hard to come up with topics on a daily or weekly basis. Thanks to the internet, you don't have to worry about coming up with topics anymore. Making posts based on research is one of the easier ways to put out content consistently.
As humans we do research every day, whether it’s looking at the news, looking up a new diet, or even figuring out what shoes to buy next. Research is something that has been made to make our lives easier not harder. When you’re having trouble coming up with something to write about, do some internet searches on topics that you have always found interesting but have no knowledge about.
I used this technique with one of my most recent posts about “musical frisson.” I was curious about how music tends to play with our emotions so I spent some time learning about the topic and then writing about it. Make sure that you are giving credit to your sources so that people know what you are talking about. Don’t copy the information from websites word for word through your whole article, instead, put your own twist on the subject and how it relates to your life and the life of the people who are reading as well.
One benefit that comes with doing research on your articles is the amount of learning that comes with it. Sometimes, we are so worried about what’s going on in the world that we don’t ever make time to learn about things that we are actually curious about. Doing some research on a topic before writing about it will make you feel more intelligent.
“A day of bad writing is always better than a day of no writing.” — Don Roff
Don’t be afraid to write a bad article
This may sound like a bad idea but trust me your brain will thank you later. When you are constantly tiring your mind out from trying to come up with perfect content, your setting yourself up to burnout. If you're having an issue with trying to figure out what to write about then stop thinking so hard and just write.
If you have a bad introduction in mind, write it, you can always go back and make changes to make it sound better. Sometimes we get stuck on just getting started as writers, eliminating this fear by writing about whatever comes to mind will help you post more blogs consistently. This will also help you to work on your formatting, making your articles look visually appealing will take some of the attention away from some parts of your writing that you don’t like.
Using things like bold text and italics will help readers to focus more on those parts of the article. Learning from these mistakes will help you to become a better writer and have a better eye for common mistakes that you make even when writing a “good” article.
Use this time of bad writing to get rid of any bad writing habits that you have. I tend to use “your” and “you’re” at the wrong times, without my bad writing I would have never realized this. Now, this is one of the first things that I look for when reviewing my work.
Don’t worry if you don’t have a natural talent for writing, many of the world’s best authors weren’t born with it either. You are your biggest critic so don’t be afraid to give yourself some credit at times.
Using some of these techniques can help you to find your voice in writing and figure out what you like to write about. I’ll leave you with a quote from Truman Capote that says
“It takes a lot of bad writing to get a little good writing”