- Never forget that one of the most effective ways to learn how to write easily is to simply read often and widely.
Sure, absolutely do keep writing - ideally something new every day. Write about topics that interest you, anger you, motivate, and inspire you, however, do continue to read as well.
For many writers, regular reading often comes easily, since a love of reading can provide the initial driving force that forms the desire to write.
With the invention of ever clearer screens on tablet computers like the Apple iPad and iPad Mini, reading electronic publications is now easier, with much reduced eye strain, compared to reading from a standard resolution PC screen.
- While reading to relax, I also suggest you devote some reading time to what I refer to as "active reading".
When you read in such a way that you're also taking special note of how the writing style has been crafted, in addition to reading about the topic, you're also developing your writing "muscle" too.
Don't forget: "Active reading" is also a form of writing research that often works on a subconscious level too. As a result, perhaps you're forming the building blocks of ideas and thought patterns to be birthed later.
- Take notes. If during your "active reading" sessions, your attention is drawn to a writing style or method that makes a particularly significant impression upon you, find out why this kind of sequence affects you.
The real value in completing this activity is that if you as an "active reader-writer" with an analytical eye have taken note of the sequence, then others too are almost certainly enthralled.
Strive to understand the construction of the piece and record what the author did to achieve this particular result. Then you'll have another model or template from which to bring your own visions to publication later.
- Also, consider the analogy / story of the stonemason while trying to split a large rock. Blow after blow he rained down upon that rock yet still it would not break.
However, our wise stonemason possessed "insider" knowledge, so did not give up. He knew that eventually the rock must break.
And break it did: after many blows, aching muscles and maybe the overwhelming desire to simply stop and perhaps choose another "easier" rock tomorrow.
Key tip: the single blow that appeared to break the rock could not have split the rock on its own; only through the accumulated weakening power of all the previous blows combined with the final blow did the rock break.
So it often is with writing, speaking and presenting. Sometimes, achieving the level of success you crave can take longer than you may at first expect.
Therefore, do all you can to develop patience and persistence. Those two traits combined create a form of power that is unstoppable.
- Do keep hammering away while you learn, develop and perfect your own skills of writing, speaking, presenting and / or website development.
- Never give up. Keep interested in what you're doing. Connect with other, like-minded individuals to give and receive encouragement and share experiences.
- Don't forget the fun. Make the processes of writing, speaking, presenting and website content creation activities that in time, you learn to enjoy.
That happens more easily and is more sustainable over the long term, if you feel or believe that what you're doing is giving back more value than the price you ask.
- While patience, persistence, and constant practice are essential, your best also needs one more ingredient: the plan, your plan, is the glue that binds all your efforts to point toward a goal or objective.
Do develop a plan for each key goal you want to achieve. The awesome power of a plan, a strategy, a blueprint map, is remarkable, and when combined with patience and persistence and strategy, highly effective.
So have a clear plan with action steps, then implement your plan daily.
- At periodic intervals, pause, and evaluate your plan. Check how you're doing. Make changes if you think a different action path is called for. Course corrections are just fine. Adjust as required.
Sometimes, progress is fast. During other times, you can feel like you have been frozen where you sit, or turned into a stone gargoyle stuck high on some gothic mansion, forever to just observe your life, powerless! Don't be deflected by apparent slow progress: who knows what forces and initiatives may be working in the background to help you achieve your goals?
The night can seem the longest just before the dawn: the promise of a sunrise can delight and amaze. Maybe your special sunrise is today, or tomorrow, or another day.
Believe in possibilities, then just do your work to the best of your ability. Stay focused, alert, driven, unstoppable.
Keep moving and implementing your plan. Whatever outward events may seem to suggest, if you have not given up, you are progressing, moving forward, ever closer to your master goal. Enjoy your journey. Maybe the fun has just started.