Some of you may have noticed that I have not written for a while. I have looked around and I felt my writing was not up to scratch. There are so many wonderful websites with great writing I really felt I could not compete with them.
I would like to share my thoughts in the art of writing. When I started writing online, It was not my intention to become a writer. My intention was to share my knowledge and my passion with others. Having said that, the better I write the more effectively I will communicate.
Is There Such a Thing as a Natural Writer?
“And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.”
― Sylvia Plath
I have been told previously that I am a natural writer. I really enjoy writing when I feel I am writing a good post. I remember a time when I was lost in my career, I knew I was good at what I did; nevertheless, I was not completely satisfied. I came across the Rockport Institute and I took an aptitude test.
Having an IT background I was convinced that I would score high in analytical skills. To my surprise that was not the case. The results of the test indicated that I had a high rate of idea flow. Therefore, writing was up my alley. But I needed to put that into practice and write more.
And no matter what I try to write, it seems like I do not have the confidence that I am doing it right. I write, and delete so much, and nothing seems good enough. Do you know that feeling? Awful, days go by and you are still in the first paragraph.
I even go to sleep thinking about what and how I am supposed to write. They say when you sleep on your problem you often get the solution in your dreams, right?
Well, not right for me. I do not seem to dream anything about writing. So then I jump in the shower, hoping I will get the great answers, after all many famous people have come up with their ideas when showering. But that does not seem to work for me either. I am not sure why, maybe I do not shower long enough, or perhaps I am not the genius I thought I was during my school days.
Answers just elude me and my confidence goes downhill every day instead of uphill. So I am in urgent need of a great teacher that would help me with my writing, so that I can get back my confidence.
And so that you know I was lucky enough to have access to a grammar refresher course. But I realized that it is not only the grammar that is stopping me. There is something more and I do not know what it is.
Why do I Want to Improve My Writing?
If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead, either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.”
~ Benjamin Franklin
There are four simple reasons for improving my writing
- I want to pay it forward. Through the years many people have helped me. I was lucky to be born in my family, to have an education and to travel extensively. I was lucky to learn from great minds and to read the work of masters. I would like to repay what I have received. Leaving a legacy is all that matters in life. We cannot take our wealth with us when we die, but we can help by changing lives.
- I would also like to be a role model to my young children. My eight year old son has already started writing books which he will publish with my help. I want to encourage them to continue doing so, and the best way of doing it is by learning from a role model. I would like to be that role model.
- I would love to change lives, in the same way as James Chartrand changes lives by teaching people and encouraging them to write. If my writing can change just one life, then I know I am in the right track.
- Lastly but not the least, being the sole breadwinner of my household the income I could generate by my writing, in my blog or freelancing will be more than well received. It can change my life.
I need some Damn Fine Words
I feel anyone can write, but at the same time you need to learn the proper way of doing it. I would love to learn the art of writing from James Chartrand from Men with pens. From the moment I came across her, she captured my attention. Her course title as well as her website name says it all, Damn Fine words, and Men with Pens. Doesn’t the title grab your attention? It grabbed mine.
Every week I eagerly wait for her emails. James is also a real person. I wrote to her and she replied every time. I would like nothing more than to learn those Damn Fine Words from James. From what I have seen and the testimonials she is an excellent teacher, and I am committed to improve my writing.
I really believe that doing being part of Damn Fine Words will be an excellent investment to achieve my goals. I will make sure that I work Damn Hard to turn my words into Damn Fine Words. The course will definitely boost my confidence and set me on the road to start paying forward.
But at the moment I cannot afford her course, unless I win the scholarship that James, so kindly, is giving away.
I learned something from my eight year old son. When he enters any competition, he always writes on the entry form, “Please, please choose me, choose me, I want to win” .
It works for him. Even if he does not win first prize, he wins one of the other prizes. So, James if you are reading this post, and I am sure you are, this is for you:
Please, please choose me, choose me, I need to win!