In my first blog post, I emphasized the problem of overthinking as an impediment to writing your first draft. The goal of writing is to write and the only way to come up with a draft is to actually pen something. There are a lot of great stories from people that we don’t read about not because they can’t write, but because of self-imposed limitations and conquerable constraints that have kept them from writing their story.
If you’re someone like me who aspires to write his own book someday or make a career out of writing, you need to overcome these roadblocks that will keep you from putting your words in a format people can read and enjoy.
1. LACK OF CONFIDENCE
Our best thoughts come out when we convey a message with confidence. Confidence is what helps us become clear and articulate. When writing your thoughts you need to be confident in what you’re writing. Overcome your writing insecurities by first and foremost, gaining enough knowledge about what you plan to write. The BS radar of people are top-notch in an information age, thus, it’s easy to identify if someone is babbling or actually know what he is talking about. When you know that you know enough about your topic, it makes you confident to share your knowledge in different forms – writing included.
2. FEAR OF MAKING MISTAKES
Every writer has made grammatical errors. I have read articles from major news websites and top bloggers where the published post contains a typo or has a conflicting subject-verb agreement. Some sentences are even incomplete thoughts. Grammar rules and style guides are there for a reason and every writer must attain perfection in both at the final draft. However, the fear that you’ll make a grammatical mistake or write an embarrassing clause should not keep you from writing your story. There’s a reason why rewriting and editing is part of the writing process. It is so you can further clarify the thoughts you have written, add more substance to your main points or remove the parts of your draft that won’t add anything to your composition.
“Someday I’ll write my book.” I have already written the introduction to my first book for a reason – I procrastinate a lot. If you plan to write a book, do it now. It doesn’t matter how many people will read it. Just write it. The same thing goes for your essays, stories and poems. Anything you plan to do tomorrow will end up being done the next day, or probably the following day. Sometimes it may not even get done at all. Prioritize what you want to write and don’t overburden yourself. If your goal is to write a blog, start posting something every week (like me!). If your goal is write a book, draft your outline or at least, write the introduction (like me, again!).
The biggest reason why a lot of people don’t write their story is because they just don’t want to. No form of motivation, no inspirational talk and no figurehead, speaker or counselor can convince a man to do something he has decisively chosen not to. If at the onset you don’t want to share what you have in mind, there’s little anyone can do. The fact though that you maybe reading this is a sign that you actually want to write something.
Writing is a means to an end. Telling a story in a form of novels, autobiographies, news articles, opinion pages, and blog posts can and in many situations, have made a profound impact to readers. Your life has a story tell – one that can potentially influence people for the better and even change lives. Writing is a skill that will allow you to do it. Overcome the impediments that will keep you from writing because you never know what you’re depriving others by not sharing your story.