I come across a lot of new internet marketers who are just stun when they find out that they have to write to promote their online business, blog or product.
I receive a lot of emails saying, I am not a writer, what can I do? Can you help me?
To try answering these new internet marketers who are saying that they can’t write, I decided to write this post to give you some answers that may help you in the end.
A Little Bit Of My Story To Start With
You may or may not know that I was born and raised in France. You probably know that the national language of the France is… yes, that’s right, French. Until the age of 22 I did NOT speak or write any English what so ever!
Why I am saying this? Well, because I am actually writing this blog in a foreign language as far as I am concerned, right? What about you? Is English your native language?
Now, I know what you are going to say; the fact that English is your native language does make you a writer. Well, I get that, but let see this under a different light.
Having two legs and two feet doesn’t make you a racer, but it makes it easier to run, doesn’t it? Yet, some people who have lost the use of their legs are racing on wheel chairs!
What is the moral of this story?
The moral lo the story is that the “will” is much stronger than the means. Now, let’s apply this to your writing skills or the lack of it.
Why Are You Saying That You Can’t Write?
Have you analyzed more closely why you are saying that you can’t write? Let me take you by the hand if I may and try to help you analyze this step by step.
Have you not learned how to read and write in school? Yes, you most certainly have.
- Have you never told a story to anyone at all, ever, in your all life? Yes, you most likely have.
- Do you ever read? I am sure you do. If you don’t then you need to start now.
- Can you put a few thoughts together? Who can’t? If you have a brain, you can do this.
- Can you make a list of ideas on a piece of paper? I am sure you can too.
So, the reason why you are not a good writer or not even a writer at all is NOT BECAUSE you have no schooling and can’t write, it’s not because you can’t tell stories, it’s not because you never read what other people write, it’s not because you have no thoughts, and it’s not because you can’t write a list of ideas when they come to you. Then, ask yourself this revealing question: Why can’t I write or rather, why am I saying that I can’t write?
You see, I was never meant to write thousands of articles in the English language, but I do. I am like those racers on wheelchairs. I have no excuse not to. When I first came to the US my English was what you would call BASIC, but I made it so that I would speak the language not like a foreigner but as well as anyone born in the US. It didn’t just happen; I made it so.
When I first started writing online in 2006 I was terrified, because I thought, wow, I have to write in English and that’s not my native language, how in the world am I going to compete with the American folks! But I didn’t take that excuse either. I just went for it and never looked back.
I know that as long as I could tell a story and learn few basics I would be fine. I overcame my obstacles and so can you!
Whatever “handicap” you may feel you have about writing. Take each of the 5 points mentioned above and reflect on why you couldn’t overcome your own “handicap” that is supposedly preventing you to be a writer. Think it over, and eliminate every excuse that you brain may come up with.
It’s amazing how many excuses we can come up with as humans, but what about making a list of each one of them and crossing them out as you replace each excuse by a potential solution. It could go like this…
- Read at least one writing tutorial a day
- Do more research on my niche or products
- Make a list of titles that may come to my mind
- Write ideas to build my articles around
- Read more of other people’s articles
- Stop saying that I can’t write
This last statement is more important then you may think, however, you need to know that if you keep repeating that you can’t, well you might not be able to write. As Henry Ford once said, “If you think you can or can’t you are right”.
So, be right! Think that you can and follow each step in this article and you will improve your writing skills. I promise.