Many people have a dream of becoming a writer. Most don’t try because they think they’re not good enough. Their dreams never become a reality. That’s very sad. If you have a dream to become a writer, at least give it a go.
You might be surprised that you can make it work, even if you’re an average writer at the moment.
I’ve mentioned previously that my English teacher called my writing “average at best”. She was probably right. Why do I think that? Because of my exam results.
I was awarded a “C” grade in English Language and a “U” in English Literature. “U” stands for unclassified. It means the mark was so low that it couldn’t be graded. English was not my strong point.
But I didn’t let that stop me. I tried anyway. What was the worst that could happen? I’d fail.
Nothing ventured, nothing gained.
If I’d never tried, I’d never have known if I could write or not. And I wouldn’t be here now. I’ve written almost every day for almost the last year. I’m enjoying it. It’s fun.
What if I’d thought I wasn’t good enough and didn’t even try? I’d live with the regret of not knowing.
Is this what you’re doing? If it is, have a go anyway.
My writing started when I wrote a book for Kindle. I ended up writing 8. They weren’t great. I made lots of mistakes. One reviewer left a comment to say my bad grammar spoilt what would otherwise have been a good book. Ouch!
Here are 5 lessons I learned from writing those books:
But that’s how I learned. The next time I wrote a book I made sure to check the grammar more thoroughly. That meant that my writing improved. Is my grammar now perfect? No, not at all. I still make mistakes and will continue to do so.
Learn from your children
Many of you reading this will have children. Do you remember when they first learned to walk? How many times did they try to stand up and fall on their butts? A few hundred times? Maybe even a few thousand times? But they didn’t give up. They kept trying to stand up and kept falling down. They didn’t think they were too dumb to walk. They persevered and improved little by little.
That’s what it’s like being a writer. In the beginning, you’ll spend more time on your butt than you do standing up. That’s ok. That’s how we learn.
Don’t give up your dream. Write 100 articles and see how it goes. You might be surprised. You may not become a best-selling author, but you might enjoy writing and even make some money from it.
Now, go out and live your dreams. Don’t let anyone tell you that you’re not good enough.