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3 more reasons you find writing difficult

If you’ve read my post on the number one reason you find writing difficult, you’ll know it’s because you adopt a different, more formal tone when you sit down at a keyboard or pick up a pen. Now here’s three more reasons:

1) You haven’t thought through what you want to say

That’s bound to make things difficult. Take a spin around the room and talk it through with yourself (silently in your head is best. Doing this out loud gets you funny looks from the rest of the family / neighbours).

2) You haven’t done your research

You’ll need the facts to hand, and ideally uploaded into your mind, before you start. I find this is the most important part of a writing task. I get everything sorted in my mind, with the facts assembled, and then the words flow out once they are ready.

3) You’re trying to make it perfect.

Write a draft, a rough version, a sketch. You’ll be surprise how often it actually turns out really good anyhow, when you’re not trying too hard. And remember, there’s usually time to edit it later.

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  • Tha-Flash November 22, 2007, 8:31 pm

    Nice 🙂

    I find that saying things out loud in my head or even to camera gets me to think what other people might think and that lets me clarify what I’m trying to explain.

    It’s just sometimes hard to get time by yourself, heh.

  • Simon November 24, 2007, 3:09 pm

    Yes, it’s very hard finding a place you really feel comfortable ‘talking to yourself.’ But just doing it in your head usually works.