I can’t remember the first time I started writing. But I remember taking up such hobby because of one thing: Love.
When I was 12 I pen pal-d (a service by the post office back then before the internet) a girl in Israel and another in Portugal.
The idea was you buy a list which costed a pound that had 10 contact information for girls from around the world and you pick a couple and write them a letter.
There was no pictures or any info except their name, address and age.
I’d wait for a month or two to get a reply and I can tell what a feeling it is when you receive a chunky letter in the post with pictures, lipstick kisses, and handmade leather bracelets.
That was before computers and satellite dishes. If you wanted to self teach yourself a skill you’d go to the school library which didn’t have many self-help books or you’d seek advice from friends and family.
The first thing you have to do to write meaningful material is meeting people and making new friends, this unconsciously impacts your life style and bring creative ideas into your world.
To learn how to write well, you have to read posts and books by people who you like to read to.
For example I like reading for James altucher and Tim Ferris. They recommend a lot of self help books that will not only help expand your knowledge but will make your writing a worthwhile read for others.
All you have to do is to start writing as much as you can until you can master the skill. Your writing will be full mistakes and uncorrelated flow of ideas and set points in the beginning, which is the first checkpoint in the journey to becoming a great writer.
You don’t start out writing good stuff. You start out writing crap and thinking it’s good stuff, and then gradually you get better at it. That’s why I say one of the most valuable traits is persistence – Octavia E. Butler
Writing what you feel and think is the best way to start if you don’t have any ideas or topics to write about.
The skill of writing is not tough and the rules of writing don’t really matter when you have a good readable and funny informative post.
The first couple of sentences are the hardest but once warmed up, the writing flows naturally and your brain throws these messages to your fingers that then get keyed onto here.
It is so simple.
The words and ideas just pour along as you go. When you ride a bicycle you lose your balance if you stop. Keep pedaling and you keep going. The same concept applies in writing; just write.
Don’t worry if you don’t have an idea what to write about. It’s like going for a walk without a destination; You just want to enjoy the sunny day.
To me writing gives a great feeling. The exact same feeling after running a personal best 5k personal best; the feeling is indescribable, to experience it you have to write. If your writing appeals to you it will appeal to the audience.
It’s not necessary to take a writing course to be good. J.K Rowling who wrote Harry Potter never took one. She just wrote what she felt and excelled at it.
In the beginning don’t worry about whether your writing will appeals to you or to anyone else. Your main audience should be you.
Always read your posts time and time again and improve on the next ones. Also ask for comments and feedback from your friends, family, colleagues and readers and work on those skills to develop them further and further.
If you want to experience fulfillment, satisfaction and pleasure, I suggest you write every day, even for 5 minutes.
In a few months you will have mastered that skill and the public will be impressed.
Life is all about sharing, experiencing and learning from each other. Spreading your thoughts in the form of writing to the people around you, will make someone smile and make another feel good.
The easiest way to start writing is to keep a daily journal, once you do it for a while, it will become a habit and develop into posts, articles and hopefully books.
Don’t write with the intention to make money, write to make yourself and others happy and money will follow.
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