Is Writing A Handicap To You?
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.
18 thoughts on “Internet Marketer, But Not A Writer? What Is The Solution?”
I love the post you linked in this comment, Sylviane. Tough love, but kind. I’m a professional writer – yes, it’s my day job AND my hobby – and I find nothing to quibble with, there. I laugh, though, because some of the best writers of English have come to it as a second language, struggled, worked – and provide living, breathing proof that determination and hard work DO pay off. Maybe when you start out believing it wasn’t something you were necessarily SUPPOSED to be good at, you haven’t already shot your confidence down to a point where therapy’s justified. But anyone who wants to write well can LEARN to, if they’re willing to stop saying “I can’t” and put in some hard work and practice time.
Yes, Holly, you are so right. If people first stop to say “I can’t” and start learning instead, they will be able to write.
Wow! I feel like you’re speaking directly to me. Writing is a handicap to me in the sense that most of the time I don’t know what to write about. I also worry that my ideas may not be interesting enough for my readers.
Your story is truly inspiring. It has given me hope and encouragement that I too can be a better writer.
I will definitely follow your list. I will read one writing tutorial a day and practice, practice, practice writing.
Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Have a nice day!
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I’m so glad this post has been inspiring to you. I am sure that where ever you may feel you are right now with your writing, you can improve by learning more and practicing as you said you will. Congratulation on your will to do so 🙂
I can really relate to this post. The fact that you had an image of David Weir on it brought me straight to this post rather than the one above.
Not sure if you know of not but i am also in a wheelchair and my moto is “If I can reach it i can do it” and don’t often let things stand in my way.
I was never much of a writer before coming online but like you rightly said “I can think, i can tell a story, I can read” all I needed to do after that was apply it all.
For someone who’s writing in a foreign language Sylviane you write very very well, certainement mieux que je pouvais écrire en français. Don’t I just love Google translation service 😉
I like your writing style Slyviane and will certainly be back for more.
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Hi Barry, so nice to see you here! I love your blog too and I am due to read your last post, just had a ache of a week.
I didn’t know you were on a wheelchair, and I can understand how you were attracted by this post indeed. When I write a post I always look for a picture when I am done and this one was so perfect to fit the article, I couldn’t resist.
Take care, Barry, and see you later.
I loved this post; it’s so inspiring and supportive, well done indeed. I must also commend you on your English considering it’s not your natural language, but then you would not think so by the way you write. 🙂
This post will benefit a lot of people, it is packed full of sound advice and information as well as encouragement.
It is truly amazing what you can achieve if you really put your mind to it, believe, and take action to bring it to fruition.
Well done Sylviane great post, and great content…
Take care, catch up soon
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Nice meeting you here! I am so glad you like this post. When I write I really try to put myself in the shoes of the reader, even if no one were ever to read the piece, and I love writing too, so that really helps.
Thanks for visiting again, and I meet you on your side.
I think this is a common issue most bloggers run into when they are first starting. I know my confidence as a writer isn’t overly high but once I started I noticed that as long as I went back and made some corrections I felt fine about what I was writing. I know I won’t catch everything but I have also found as a reader of other people’s blogs that mistakes are made and that is ok. It hasn’t stopped me from reading their blogs and in the end makes it feel more real as you know the person who is doing the writing isn’t perfect.
Yes, Yayson, I agree with you. I read a lot of blog posts and I think that I do see little typos and stuff in just about all of them, but I know that’s easier to see others’ mistakes then our own. I do that pretty well too 🙂
In the end it doesn’t mean that the article is not good, it just means that we are humans and make mistakes.
Thanks for passing by.
I take my hat off to you. I would not have known that you weren’t a native speaker.
I lived in Brazil for a few years. I got to the bit where I could make myself understood in conversation – but writing even short e-mails was a real chore for me. I could never have written a blog post as you have done here.
So congratulations to you. A fine demonstration of the message that we shouldn’t let perceived weaknesses or problems get in the way of achieving our goals.
Thank you dear, for the compliment. Yes, indeed, it’s really all about how much we want something.
Yes,you can do anything,try to write topics which you have most interested instead of unknown topics.you can write menafull articles with topics you know already,in this way,you can become quality writer.some times,try affiliate marketing for money
This post will benefit my friend,thanks a lot.:) and I have bookmarked your site and will visit often!
I appreciate your comment. Please, make sure that you do NOT include links within the comment, though, as you may have noticed that I use commentluv and one of your last 10 articles will become an automatic link anyway. Make sure your comment are genuine and it will be all the best for you.
thanks sylviana and keep up the interesting content – i really suck at writing but once you get started its not so bad.
When you leave a comment it’s very important to spell the name of the author correctly, though, and say something relevant to the post. That gives you a change to be approve next time around.
I also tried writing a few months ago. It is not hard to write one and base on my experience, I wrote 500 words that last for 5 hours. Is this bad?
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