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5 Writing Tactics For People Who Think They Can’t Write

5 Writing Tactics For People Who Think They Can’t Write

Whether you’re a cubicle dweller, a student, a business person, or a CEO, there comes a time in your life that requires you to write. if you’re currently on one now, these strategies will help you unblock your writer’s block.

1. Ditch the “I’m just not a writer” syndrome.

Everybody has enough potential to write. Persistently contradicting this is just a convenient excuse. Instead, do the opposite. Tell yourself–“I can write” and you’ll give yourself a shot in the arm.

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2. Write messy drafts.

If you aim to produce flawless lines right away, you’ll work in fear. Go ahead and scribble all your thoughts. Just let go. Don’t think of grammar, punctuation, or structure yet. The important thing is, you can record what is in your mind. Think–baby steps. Don’t expect to be able to write good paragraphs upon hitting your keyboard. You’ll be more overwhelmed if you do this. After producing a draft, you can go back and revise all you want.

3. Converse with yourself–orally (Just make sure no one hears you doing it!) 

It’s much easier for many of us to chat with a friend over a Cup O’ Joe than to compose a business proposal (even if the details of the dialogue is the business proposal itself). Generally, in chitchats, it’s accepted that we correct our mistakes as we talk. It’s wise to give yourself this kind of freedom when writing. If that is even hard to accomplish, converse with yourself orally just to get your thoughts out into a nice flow.

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4. Re-position words, sentences, paragraphs on your draft like puzzle pieces.

The nice thing about writing on a computer is that you can move words and phrases with minimal effort. With this thought alone, I’m sure you’ll find it easier to get into your writing flow.

In case you’re overwhelmed with too much ideas bumping each other around in your brain, put those ideas onto paper, one by one. Accomplish this step by using a system that’s a cross between a simple list notes and an organized outline. Next, slowly dive into your list, turning concepts into sentences, then sentences into paragraphs. While doing this, don’t worry about forgetting critical stuff.

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5. Summarize your points.

When composing a sales pitch, a business proposal, or a just a simple speech of introduction, the gist of the matter is, you do your assignment–research and know exactly what you need to communicate. If you struggle to write, it could mean, you’re confused about some details of your work. If you’re having this predicament, the solution is brevity. Go for shorter phrases and sentences. You’ll have a better chance of producing a concise, well written piece with this strategy.

Original Source: 8 Writing Strategies for People Who Say They Can’t Write by  CATHERINE CLIFFORD via Entrepreneur.com

Featured photo credit: Writer’s block/Adam Lyon via flickr.com

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What Is Creativity? We All Have It, and Need It

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Do you think of yourself as a creative person? Do you play the drums or do watercolor paintings? Perhaps compose songs or direct plays? Can you even relate to any of these so called ‘creative’ experiences? Growing up, did you ever have that ‘artistic’ sibling or friend who excelled in drawing, playing instruments or literature? And you maybe wondered why you can’t even compose a birthday card greeting–or that drawing stick figures is the furthest you’ll ever get to drawing a family portrait. Many people have this common assumption that creativity is an inborn talent; only a special group of people are inherently creative, and everyone else just unfortunately does not have that special ability. You either have that creative flair or instinct, or you don’t. But, this is far from the truth! So what is creativity?

Can I Be Creative?

The fact is, that everyone has an innate creative ability. Despite what most people may think, creativity is a skill that everyone can learn and hone on. It’s a skill with huge leverage that allows you to generate enormous amounts of value from relatively little input. How is that so? You’ll have to start by expanding your definition of creativity. Ironically, you have to be creative and ‘think out of the box’ with the definition! Creativity at its heart, is being able to see things in a way that others cannot. It’s a skill that helps you find new perspectives to create new possibilities and solutions to different problems. So, if you encounter different challenges and problems that need solving on a regular basis, then creativity is an invaluable skill to have.Let’s say, for example, that you work in sales. Having creativity will help you to look for new ways to approach and reach out to potential customers. Or perhaps you’re a teacher. In this role you have to constantly look for new ways to deliver your message and educate your students.

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How Creativity Works

Let me break another misconception about creativity, which is that it’s only used to create completely “new” or “original” things. Again, this is far from the truth. Because nothing is ever completely new or original. Everything, including works of art, doesn’t come from nothing. Everything derives from some sort of inspiration. That means that creativity works by connecting things together in order to derive new meaning or value.From this perspective, you can see a lot of creativity in action. In technology, Apple combines traditional computers with design and aesthetics to create new ways to use digital products. In music, a musician may be inspired by various styles of music, instruments and rhythms to create an entirely new type of song. All of these examples are about connecting different ideas, finding common ground amongst the differences, and creating a completely new idea out of them.

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Creativity Needs an Intention

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Creativity Is a Skill

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Start Connecting the Dots

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