1 Foolproof Way To Become a Better Writer

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I am typing slowly because some of you are going to benefit from reading this post…repeatedly.

And yes I said that with an extra dose of sarcasm and snark.

If you take offense at that you should leave now and never come back, but remember if you do you will miss out on learning the many other secrets that will be revealed in a coming ebook.

So here is 1 Foolproof way to become a better writer. Are you ready for it? Are you sure? It is mind blowing.

Stop Trying To Reinvent The Wheel!

Stop trying to remarkable. Stop trying to be epic. Stop trying to be unique, interesting and amazing. Stop worrying about whether you have anything of value to say or share and just write.

It is not complicated, writing that is. There is a beginning, a middle and an end. You don’t need to construct a post that reads like the Declaration of Independence, War and Peace or Moby Dick.

Just write. Put pen to paper, finger to keyboard and let the words flow out of you. Stop worrying about who is going to read your posts. Stop hoping that you are going to be discovered and just write.

Stop letting that little voice in your head say that maybe your shit does stink and that no one is going to like, listen or read. The beauty of this big, beautiful world is that there will always be someone who likes you and what you share. There will always be someone who can relate to what you write.

Really. It is true. I know because I feel it, felt it, did it and done it.

Yes, I know that “done it” doesn’t sound right but I don’t care. Ma and Pa Steiner told me that when I was a grown up I would be allowed to break the rules. Well, I don’t know if I am a grown up but I am breaking the rules and it feels good.

Paralysis of Analysis

Many of us have a tendency to over think what we are doing.  I guarantee that I am among the most prolific bloggers you will ever meet. When I am given blocks of uninterrupted time I can produce multiple posts a day, write thousands upon thousands of words and do it with little effort.

Not only that but I can do it with relatively few errors.

The primary reason I can do it is because I have spent hours practicing my craft. I have taught myself how to produce under virtually any situation.

But that doesn’t mean that I don’t hear voices or little whispers that question my skill and my content. And I am not talking about you cranky motherfuckers who write me nasty letters because you trolls will never be happy with me.

No, I don’t need to swear but yes I did. Sometimes it feels good. Writing should feel good.

That is part of why you need to stop trying to reinvent the wheel because you do nothing but shackle your creativity and apply mental handcuffs. Save the cuffs for the bedroom and or your shrink and just write.

When you do that good things happen.

Just write. Don’t worry. Just write.

But What About The Reader

I am not suggesting that you ignore your readers or say that all writing advice is useless. Jayme has a post about writing that I really like, go read it. Write about things that you love, like, hate or are concerned about.

Those four posts are some of the most popular I have written and have generated a tremendous amount of feedback. Some of that has come via comments or pageviews, but the most has come via email. Emails that people wrote in which they shared their story and or remarked about what they liked about it.

That is because I just wrote from the heart. I didn’t try to be unique. I just wrote. You can do that too. You don’t need to use all of the blog tricks we read and or talk about here and elsewhere.

Just write. Stop trying to reinvent the wheel.

About Me/About You

Writing is about me and it is about you. I’ll let you decide which comes first. But I’ll also mention that there is a page in our blogs that is really important. It is the “About Me” page. It deserves it is own post so I am going to give it one, but not before I mention it here.

When you can identify what needs to be in your “about me” page writing becomes easier.

You can do this. Just write.

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178 comments
David Kepley
David Kepley

I truly appreciate how straightforward you are. To some it might sound harsh, but I see it as you believing in other's talent and wanting them to believe as well. Stop trying to change the world in 1000 words and write from your heart. Thanks.

Jayme Soulati
Jayme Soulati

Frack. Can you put the comment box like higher? My finger went to sleep scrolling the track pad to get down here and leave my measly comment. I almost stopped along the way to find a rest area. Some peeps aren't as laissez-faire as you are; some peeps really care about their influence and will only write what's tres importante. Me? I'm all for the unique and non-echo chamber stuff, too. 'Cuz, we're all sure getting a dose of repetition out there; kinda hard not to when everyone wants a piece of the pie. So, I say, change it up; go elsewhere for fodder and not your peers' blogs. If you read the morning national news or pick up a trade pub, there's a ton of stuff in there that no one is writing about on the 'sphere. So, in the midst of all this snark, I'll get serious for one sec (thanks for the link love; I had no idea when I came over from my Google+ Community called Bloggers Unite!) -- stop reading others' blogs; stop watching Twitter streams for your content fodder. You're amplifying the echo chamber.

StartYourNovel
StartYourNovel

*raises hand* Guilty of overthinking here.

 

The paralysis of analysis has made it so many of my writing projects withered on the vine.

 

Incidentally, what I feel is my best writing is a little something I write for me whenever I feel like it, but is so personal as to be unpublishable. Not because of its honesty -- it's just that it deals with things I don't want out in the open. Too private. Guess the challenge there is to apply that same honesty to the pieces I DO want to publish.

 

Writing without self-censorship has truly gotten me farther than I expected. So there's that, even if I won't air my "confessions." Yeah, I have an actual word file titled "confessions," go figure. ;)

StartYourNovel
StartYourNovel

*raises hand* Guilty of overthinking here.   The paralysis of analysis has made it so many of my writing projects withered on the vine.   Incidentally, what I feel is my best writing is a little something I write for me whenever I feel like it, but is so personal as to be unpublishable. Not because of its honesty -- it's just that it deals with things I don't want out in the open. Too private. Guess the challenge there is to apply that same honesty to the pieces I DO want to publish.   Writing without self-censorship has truly gotten me farther than I expected. So there's that, even if I won't air my "confessions." Yeah, I have an actual word file titled "confessions," go figure. ;)

TheJackB
TheJackB

@waterfall It is my pleasure.

B4Steph
B4Steph

It happens that I was just reading William Zinser's On Writing Well. He essentially says the same thing. Just write. For you. Write with confidence about what you want to write about, and even if it's a subject your reader may not have been interested in, by your writing they will want to read it. If you write for you.

B4Steph
B4Steph

It happens that I was just reading William Zinser's On Writing Well. He essentially says the same thing. Just write. For you. Write with confidence about what you want to write about, and even if it's a subject your reader may not have been interested in, by your writing they will want to read it. If you write for you.

TheJackB
TheJackB moderator

As an FYI, all of the comments that were here prior to the switch to Livefyre still exist. They are supposed to be imported and will soon reappear on the blog, or so I have been told.

TheJackB
TheJackB

As an FYI, all of the comments that were here prior to the switch to Livefyre still exist. They are supposed to be imported and will soon reappear on the blog, or so I have been told.

Jack
Jack

Hi Michael, Welcome to the blog. The questions you ask really are common and uniform. There are still moments where I ask them. Sometimes I wonder why people read my stories. Your philosophy works very well for blogging. Unless you are writing solely to doctors/lawyers/engineers there is no reason to compose a post that reads like a tort, submission for a medical journal or specs for building. But more than anything else, just write and you will find lots of people who enjoy reading your posts.

Jack
Jack

Hi Michael, Welcome to the blog. The questions you ask really are common and uniform. There are still moments where I ask them. Sometimes I wonder why people read my stories. Your philosophy works very well for blogging. Unless you are writing solely to doctors/lawyers/engineers there is no reason to compose a post that reads like a tort, submission for a medical journal or specs for building. But more than anything else, just write and you will find lots of people who enjoy reading your posts.

Michael
Michael

Nicely stated Jack! I'm the reason posts like this come to be. I constantly over think and don't 'Just Do it'. I've wanted to blog for what seems like an eternity but never knew what to write about, if anyone would read it or if what I was writing was any good. When people ask me for advice, I tell them to apply the K.I.S.S theory. Keep It Simple Stupid. This hypocrite just had an 'a-ha' moment. Thanks for the post Jack!

Yvonne
Yvonne

A writer, writes. Period. Great advice and loved the humor!

My Inner Chick
My Inner Chick

--you had me on the very first sentence, dude. If "Fifty Shades of Grey" can make millions, why can't I? ""Just DO IT"" FabULOUS Post. <3

Writerly Wanna Be
Writerly Wanna Be

I needed to hear this, thanks. I know it is all completely and absolutely true. And I waste time and I have no writing...I see that in the lack of posts in month. Thanks again for these words!

Michelle Longo
Michelle Longo

Writing is definitely the best way to be a writer!

Sensible Moms
Sensible Moms

Being relatively new to the blogosphere, I found this helpful. I soooo appreciated that tone and tenor of the piece too. If you are going to give me advice, i would prefer that you sound like someone I would take it from in \

Kristin
Kristin

I love your voice in this post. It's like a stern, loving parent. Great advice and useful links!

Kimberly S. (Sperk*)
Kimberly S. (Sperk*)

For me, the blogosphere is a channel to connecting me with like-minded people--individuals who share similar stories. It's a way to offer validation for one's journey and gain support in this world where we can sometimes feel alone. Just one voice among many, but when there are many, we are heard. If I over-analyze and become paralyzed, the connections weaken. And I have experienced this. Thanks for the post.

Miranda
Miranda

Very helpful post. And now I have the urge to run over to my blog and actually write something on the about me page. :/

Andrew
Andrew

thank you for sharing this interesting post with great points i really enjoyed reading it and i am sure this post will help a lot of people to perfect there writing. Great post.

jenn
jenn

Good advice for sure. I think it's easy to get caught up in all the OTHERSTUFF, which for me, takes away from the heart-writing.

Katie
Katie

Great advice. I'm definitely an over-thinker. Definitely. And I'm realizing now that that paralyzes me and my entire writing process. You're absolutely right. Just write.

Jack
Jack

Hi David, Thank you. It is a big world with a very big pie that we can all take pieces of. Some people will love our words and some will hate them. But unless we put pen to paper we will never figure out who they are.

Jack
Jack

Hi Jayme, So much of this is subjective. We know from experience that some of the posts that are supposed to be "influential" are filled with nothing but fluff and lauded by noobs who don't know better. That is all tied into why we should wander outside of our circles and visit other people. Doesn't have to happen every time you go online but it should be a regular feature. It is part of what helps us stay fresh and avoid that echo chamber.

Jack
Jack

Thanks Stan.

TheJackB
TheJackB moderator

 @StartYourNovel It is easy to get caught up in thinking about our projects. I have done it more than once. 

 

There is merit in writing about those things that aren't published because they provide insights into ourselves, our thoughts, ideas, feelings and character that we can use to help us on other projects.

TheJackB
TheJackB

 @StartYourNovel It is easy to get caught up in thinking about our projects. I have done it more than once.    There is merit in writing about those things that aren't published because they provide insights into ourselves, our thoughts, ideas, feelings and character that we can use to help us on other projects.

TheJackB
TheJackB moderator

 @B4Steph Hi Steph,

 

I am not familiar with Zinser, but it sounds like it is worth checking out. I like the advice you relate there. I think that when we write with confidence and passion it is contagious and it helps make others want to read our words.

Latest blog post: It Must Be Working

TheJackB
TheJackB

 @B4Steph Hi Steph,   I am not familiar with Zinser, but it sounds like it is worth checking out. I like the advice you relate there. I think that when we write with confidence and passion it is contagious and it helps make others want to read our words.

TheJackB
TheJackB

 @Susanwritesprecise I am glad you liked it. It made sense to me so...

Jack
Jack

Thank you.

Jack
Jack

Hi I.C., No reason to limit ourselves. Fifty Shades of Grey is just one more reason why we can absolutely make it. No limits.

Jack
Jack

Hi I.C., No reason to limit ourselves. Fifty Shades of Grey is just one more reason why we can absolutely make it. No limits.

Jack
Jack

Hi Michelle, Yes it is. There is no better way to practice.

Jack
Jack

Hi Michelle, Yes it is. There is no better way to practice.

Jack
Jack

I understand that. It is hard to take advice from people that you don't respect or don't know how to give it out. There is no single way to do this so there are lots of options and opportunities for people to benefit from.

Jack
Jack

Hi Kristin, So glad you enjoyed it. I hope it helps.

Jack
Jack

Hi Kristin, So glad you enjoyed it. I hope it helps.

Jack
Jack

Hi Kimberly, The connections and communities that we build here are special and powerful.

Jack
Jack

Hi Kimberly, The connections and communities that we build here are special and powerful.

Jack
Jack

Hi Miranda, I love reading the "about me" pages because it is a quick/easy way for me to learn a little bit about the blogger. There is all sorts of interesting information contained within.

Jack
Jack

Hi Miranda, I love reading the "about me" pages because it is a quick/easy way for me to learn a little bit about the blogger. There is all sorts of interesting information contained within.

Jack
Jack

Hi Katie, It is really easy to get caught up in the over thinking. It happens to me more times than I care to acknowledge.

Jack
Jack

Hi Katie, It is really easy to get caught up in the over thinking. It happens to me more times than I care to acknowledge.

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