2 Myths About Writing You Should Unlearn

If you're a writer, this article is for you... Writing is one of the must-have skills every human being should have.

Apart from helping in academic works, business, social situations, and thought organization, it is also a skill that can serve as a source of income. Many famous people in society are known for nothing more than their writings - their ability to craft words capable of evoking emotions and spurring desired actions.

There are different types of writing, viz:

1. Creative writing.
2. Technical writing.
3. Academic writing
4. And so on.

Writing, like every human endeavor, has been met with different myths. In this article, I will discuss two based on my personal experiences with them.

MYTH NUMBER 1:

WRITING CAN NOT BE LEARNED. YOU ARE EITHER BORN WITH IT OR NOT.

This is a very common one. There's one thing you should know, which is that writing is a skill (I sometimes refer to it as a craft). Writing, like every other skill, is something that can be learned. As long as you have the basic knowledge of tenses and other grammar-related rules of the language, you can learn to write, even professionally. It is true that some writers have no form of training on how to write creatively but are very good at delivering thoroughly crafted pieces. I'm not dismissing the fact that some persons are born with that special ability, but it is also true that anyone can learn writing if they are interested in it.

HOW CAN YOU LEARN ABOUT WRITING?

1. THROUGH BOOKS:

Readers are leaders, they say. I say writers are readers. If you must write, you must be a voracious reader. Books are effective ways of learning from those who have gone ahead of you in the writing journey. It means drawing from their wealth of experience and getting mentorship without ever meeting them face-to-face. Reading also helps you to discover your own particular style of writing.

2. THROUGH COURSES DEDICATED TO THE SUBJECT:

There are lots of courses that can teach you how to write - both virtual and physical. You can access free courses on Coursera, Alison, if finances are a hassle. The courses there are comprehensive and apt. All you need is a smartphone or laptop and an internet connection.

3. THROUGH YOUTUBE VIDEOS:

If you've learned nothing from YouTube at this point in time, you're missing out! YouTube is a hub of information if you know how to navigate it. There are a lot of YouTube channels that teach about writing. All you need do is type in what you want to know, and I kid you not, you'll get back lots of results for your search. Try it today!

4. THROUGH MENTORSHIP:

Another way you can touch up your writing is by learning from mentors. When choosing a mentor, it may be best for you to choose someone who is in the same niche as you and also has similar writing styles as you. However, situations may come up when you need different mentors who may not be in your field for one reason or the other. If there's no way for you to get face-to-face mentorship, get their books and buy their courses. You can also attend their seminars and workshops.

5. START WRITING:

This point is supposed to be number one because of its importance. There's no need to debate or think too much about whether you have what it takes to be a writer. Pick up your pen and notepad and start writing! You don't have to have a niche yet. Just start writing about the things you enjoy. If you like movies, write about them; if you like books and arts, write about them; if you're passionate about health and fitness, write about it; if you like food and travel, get started writing about them. Start with writing about your interests and hobbies first; you'll discover the rest as you grow.

MYTH NUMBER 2:

IF YOU DON'T WRITE EVERY DAY, YOU WON'T GET BETTER AT WRITING.

Hello?! Writer's block, anyone? You don't have to write every single day in order to be a good writer. This is not to encourage laziness or anything, but days will come when you open your book, laptop, or phone to write, and you come up blank. This may be due to stress or many other reasons you may be unable to control. You can still do something resourceful with your time at times like this. You can read, research your ongoing or future project (s), and most importantly, take time to rest and recuperate. Are there other myths you've heard about? Let me know in the comments section!

©️ Musings by Bari-ekwaadoo 🌹

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