Not everyone is comfortable putting words on a page, whether it is a paper page or a web page. This post is for non-writers – people who would rather have a root canal than actually write something.
I’ve noticed that often these people can talk about anything, explain their interests and projects. They have no problem with the spoken word. Their vocabulary and grammar are both effective. So why do they balk at putting the same words on a page?
The why doesn’t matter – the getting over the block is the important thing. Here are some ideas that might help:
- Get your thoughts and ideas together. Mind map so you cover all your topics.
- Organize your ideas from the point of view of a reader so your article, web page or book flows logically to someone who is not familiar with your topic
- If you are writing a book or putting together several pages of a web site, group your ideas under chapter headings or web page headings then organize your ideas under each chapter or web page.
- Think of stories or anecdotes that will illustrate your ideas and bring them to life
- If writing it all or word processing seems like too much of a chore you can record your words and hire someone to do the word processing. Or investigate Dragon Naturally Speaking software that will put your spoken words into your word processing program.
All of this is the first step, but it’s the most important, because until you’ve faced into this nothing else will happen. If you can’t face it alone, contact a book coach (I’ll do a post on this very soon, meanwhile, I’m sometimes available for consultation).
Once you’ve got something halfway reasonable down on paper get another pair of eyes to look at it, first as a professional document and second as an editor who will pick out the little errors that slipped by. Maybe a friend will do this for you, or maybe you’ll outsource.
Then, if it’s a book, it’s on to book designer and printer. This is beyond the scope of this post. My objective with this is to encourage you to put ideas into writing and show you the first steps.
Even if you don’t consider yourself a writer, you CAN write effectively. Don’t let any ancient personal history stand in the way. Your ideas, your voice need to be read as well as heard.
Do you think you can do it?