Working Toward Confident Writing
May 1, 2015
by: Chelsea Zimmerman
Confidence is key when it comes to writing, but many writers suffer from disbelief in their own ability to write. The good news is that there are many ways to gain confidence when it comes to writing. Sometimes gaining belief in oneself can leave one feeling as if they don’t know where to begin, but the tips below are a great place to start.
1. Stop saying you can’t write.
Often, many of my clients begin our sessions by telling me they can’t write or are bad writers. This only prevents their success as writers. The minute you begin believing in yourself, you’ve already improved your writing.
2. Start journaling.
Journaling allows you to express yourself through writing without the consequences of grades or judgment. Write about whatever you want. Practice makes perfect, and the more you write, the more your writing will improve.
3. Write what you know.
You’ll write more confidently if you are sure about your subject matter, and there are ways to bend writing prompts in your favor (most of the time). If your prompt leaves room for you to choose a subtopic, choose one you’re interested in, and you’ll be more likely to write with confidence.
4. Know your strengths.
Even though noticing our weaknesses is easier, we all have strengths as writers that we should be aware of. Knowing what you’re good at will surely increase your level of self-confidence in writing.
5. Visit the writing center.
If you need help with any of the suggestions mentioned above, the writing center is a great place to work with a consultant in building your confidence as a writer. While we gladly help with individual papers, we can also suggest writing strategies, help you realize your strengths, and improve patterns of error.