Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Learning How to Write

“Don’t let them teach you how to write!” I keep hearing my high school history teacher say that to me over and over again. “Don’t let them teach you how to write!” That doesn’t mean stop learning how to write. No way. What it means is that you need to be yourself and dig deep when you write. No one can teach you how to do that. It’s something you have to figure out how to tap into all by yourself.

The thing about this is that everyone has it. We all can be ourselves and we all can dig deep. The real question is, “Are you willing to go past your comfort level to write successfully?” That’s what it takes, friends. You need to push the envelope, not just once or twice, but over and over again. You need to be in touch with the raw you on a daily basis, and if you’re not, you’ll hit writer’s block or worse. 

Once you tap into your deepest self, you need to be able to express what you find there in a universal language, one that everyone else can understand. That means taking the message from the real you, and translating it by using traditional rules of grammar, spelling and writing etiquette.

Wow! Pretty bleak scenario, huh? Reality check…writing is intense. It’s not words on a page that people can take or leave. It’s raw material meant to make a difference in the lives of those who read it. Few people will ever get rich on writing. They may get rich on everything around writing (i.e. sales, teaching, business), but only a small percentage make the best seller list and reap pure rewards for their writing.

Don’t let that discourage you. Write anyway and share it with everyone you know. Use your gifts to develop new skills (for sales, teaching, business), and keep writing. Gifts like writing should never be wasted, so share yours with the world and make a difference for anyone who reads it.