I get many emails every day. Recently, one of them in particular caught my attention. It came from Steve Roller, one of the weekly writers at AWAI – American Writers and Artists, Inc., a writing group to which I belong. The above headline to this blog is actually the mainspring of his message – when you’re confronted by a fear, take action to overcome that fear. It’s basically the same message imparted by Jeffrey Gitomer, who has written about sales techniques for the last 20 years. Gitomer has written many sales books. One of them, “The Little Red Book of Selling,” is not just about selling – it’s also about motivation. I commend it to your attention. It’s definitely worth reading.
By the way, many people react to the word “sales” as if it’s a poison pill. It shouldn’t be a turn off. Writing is itself a form of sales – you’re selling yourself every time you write. And the more you write, the better your writing will become because your confidence will increase.
Motivation is the key to all action, and motivation can be found, well, anywhere. I’m reminded of one of Jeffrey Gitomer’s stories from his book mentioned above. His favorite story for more than fifty years has been “The Little Engine That Could,” a classic from 1930. Do you remember that little children’s book, all about a train trying to make it up a hill? It finally made it to the top, repeating the timeless phrase to itself, “I think I can, I think I can.”
One of the key points stressed by Mitt Romney in the October 16 Town Hall debate, which he also emphasized on October 3, is that he wants to help small businesses grow because that will lead to an increase in employment. Small businesses employ two-thirds of the work force. You can increase your chances of becoming part of that work force by learning to write clearly. This skill will help you to become employed or to advance in your job if you are already employed. Whether you want to have your own business or are actively seeking employment in an already established company, you can become part of the skilled work force Romney is talking about by investing in yourself, i.e., learning to write more clearly.
The starting point is to develop confidence in your writing. That’s the bottom line. The road to improved writing skills begins with a belief in yourself. If you have a fear of writing, it can be overcome by attacking that fear head on, just take action by writing more. I’m reminded of a line from one of legendary songster Johnny Mercer’s tunes, “Accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative…”
“I’m not a good writer” is an all too- often heard personal lament. If you fit into that category, check out my eBook, “The Art of Clear Writing.” It’s available on amazon.com/kindlebooks. This eBook emphasizes the development of confidence in your writing ability. It will help you learn to write with confidence by focusing on the following fundamentals: organization of your thoughts before writing, finding the right words, the exact words, to reflect your thoughts, and by carefully editing your writing before using it. These are fundamental guidelines to be mastered before you can consider yourself an accomplished writer.
Anybody can learn to write well but you need the desire and dedication to do it. If you’re willing to put in the time and learn the skills, the satisfaction and rewards will come. Even if writing is not your strong suit, you can still improve your writing skills by following the guidelines and techniques explained in my eBook.
But, first things first. Make up your mind you’re going to learn to write clearly. Then stick with it.
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