The 4 Difficulties
Kia Ora, from New Zealand Friends and Colleagues
Becoming a Writer
I have a marvellous old book in my technical writing library, with the above title, which was written by Dorothea Brande in 1934.
The wisdom imparted within it, is as true now as it was then.
I have borrowed from its principles to address some issues that most of us face at some time during our writing careers.
Although it is written specifically for those who wish to pursue fiction as a writing career, there are many aspects that apply to professional writers of any and all persuasions.
The first chapter deals with the 4 Difficulties which I will address here but I will massage the titles in order to make it more applicable to our Niche Blogging activities.
The Difficulty of Writing At All
Bit obvious, this one really, if you can't write in any way shape or fashion then you are probably going to struggle to, firstly get off the ground at all, but perhaps more importantly engage and hold a reading audience.
The good news is that the type of writing needed to be successful as a Niche Blogger is not, 'best-seller' JK Rowling or Michener in its form, or prowess.
The best description I have heard since working with WA is that we should write as we would speak if propping up the kitchen door jamb while talking to a friend who is washing the dishes or making scones LoL
So if you were feeling the pressure to be Salman Rushdie relax you just have to be yourself!
The One Article Author
This is the fear that we might run out of things to write about. Let me assure you that if you get over the first difficulty and write one article then you can write two and three and more, because it is a rinse and repeat skill.
If we were to think of product reviews alone, before going to any technical writing discussion around finding material to write about, there are over 300 million products for sale on line today and that just grows year after year.
Consider then that if you only wrote about 1% of those products you would have 1,000,000 articles available to you.
If you wrote one a day every day it would take over 2,700 years to write them and that is just article reviews LoL😂🤣😂🤣
I think we can safely agree that there are no shortage of things to write about.
The Occasional Writer
This is often manifested as writer's block and can be seen perhaps as a combination of difficulties one and two.
There are two approaches that can be taken to this one is to prevent it form, happening in the first place by following the kind of advice found in the links below, while the other is take maximum advantage when the muse is with you and creativity flows.
The latter essentially means write as much as you can when you can and then have a store to post from for the lean times.
There are many other techniques that have been shared by other members here at Wealthy Affiliate in their posts and training contributions.
This speaks to consistency in the beginning, following through, and ending of our writing, with a consistent style that does not unpleasantly surprise our reading public.
You can of course surprise your readers, from time to time, if you are known for doing this from and it is part of the style that you have established and have developed a following for in your regular audience.
You need to develop authority in your niche however before throwing any really significant curve balls and putting your audience offside.
There we have it just 4 simple things to think about when we are attending to our own writing, or perhaps more importantly, when coaching or mentoring those who may be experiencing a difficult road with their writing.
From New Zealand friends and colleagies
Kia Koa, Kia Kaha