As a self-proclaimed writer it usually surprises people when I tell them I didn’t grow up loving writing.
I didn’t spend all my free time jotting down the days events or journaling about future aspirations. In fact, I outwardly hated writing in high school and didn’t decide on an English major until second semester of junior year in college.
My love for reading and writing bloomed in college, because I was given more of a freedom to read and write an array of works like poetry, short stories, essays and fiction. The more I read and wrote the better I got at writing my own ideas down.
I also became a writing tutor for two years during college to help my peers become better writers. In these two years I learned my peers didn’t love writing, mostly because of the intimidating rules.
Here are three life changes you can make to become a more confident writer and love writing in the process.
1. Forget about grammar (for now)
Grammar is literally stopping people from writing, and this fact is mind blowing to me. However, when you think about the reasons why, it isn’t too surprising.
Most schools teach us if the grammar isn’t exactly correct, then your writing will not receive a good grade. If you don’t receive a good grade, then you most likely will have confidence issues when it comes to writing. Therefore, unless you get great grades in school you most likely will not enjoy writing in adulthood.
I experienced this first-hand when tutoring my peers.
Since peers kept telling me they didn’t write due to all the grammar rule frustrations, my number one advice for writers who aren’t confident with grammar is to forget about grammar. I helped them realize the need to push through the writing riddled with grammar mistakes and revise later.
You’ll become a more confident writer if you ignore grammar rules for now, and simply put pen to paper. Get your ideas out there and see where your writing takes you.
There’s plenty of time to revise, research, and learn correct grammar later during the editing process.
2. Write daily
This change is a must in order to become a better writer! (Also why I enjoy writing prompts so much) Instead of just writing here or there when you feel like it, writing daily will make it a habit. Soon, you’ll feel lost if you don’t write a day.
Invest in a journal, make time for writing even in the chaos, and let your mind explore new topics and ideas.
During your daily writing you can test different types such as poetry, essays, short stories, etc. You may find you like one more than the other. Keep writing, growing and stretching the mind.
I’ve written about this before, but even five minutes of uninterrupted writing is better than zero. Write daily and you will see a huge improvement in confidence.
3. Read often
I can’t stress this change enough. The more you read, the more examples of writing you’ll come in contact with.
The choices are endless: novels, blog posts, short stories, poems, magazine articles, etc. Each type of writing has it’s unique qualities and benefits to read. You can learn new vocabulary, learn about grammar, and fall in love with a new author while reading.
You’ll become a confident and well-rounded writer in the process of reading other authors’ works.
Make these 3 changes, or improve upon them if you already do, and it won’t be long until your writing confidence increases. I believe every person is born a writer, and every person holds a story worth sharing.
I bloomed into a writer and blogger when the 16-year-old me said “I hate English class and writing essays.”
You can share your story with the world. All you have to do is begin.