Mark Twain once stated, “A classic is something that everybody wants to have read and nobody wants to read.” I am fond of something similar. Everybody wants to be a writer, but nobody wants to write.

Many new members come to Wealthy Affiliate with hopes and dreams, only to feel deflated when they realize blogging requires writing content… lots and lots of content. (P.S. This training was inspired by new WA member, @Cherry21. Give her a follow; she’s an amazing person with a bright future.)

Fear not, friends. It is not a scary as it sounds. In fact, in this training, I’m going to show you how even if you have no experience writing, you can still create content that will knock reader’s socks off.

You will:

  • Overcome your fear of writing once and for all
  • Learn why being an “expert” is actually the worst thing you can do
  • Discover the three biggest killers when it comes to writing consistently
  • Stop worrying about grammar and still write something great
  • Find inspiration even when you’ve got nothing to write about
  • And much more

So, if you’re ready, let’s get started…



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TysonE1 Premium
Thank you very much for this awesome piece of work, AJ. I couldn't even get to the end before I liked it thanks to some wise words on every page along the way.

I really felt this one today especially, knowing full well as a newbie writer that I take a beating from the 3 sins of writing.

Also worth mentioning, I took what I learned in this lesson and jotted it onto the front of my binder. I think there is some very good advice here worth glancing at each day while we work away.

Cheers,
Tyson
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AJTrimble1 Premium
Thank you. I think when we break it down into simple steps (and mindset), writing isn't as scary as we often think :-)

Let me know if you ever need anything.
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PatsonCool Premium
I love this @AJTrimble1.. I also attended a Catholic School, actually a minor seminary...Lately, a priest told me that life is a process, not some static constant perfect state or place to live in.“It’s always about progress, not perfection.” This is the second take-home lesson. Great training.
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AJTrimble1 Premium
Thanks for reading. I glad it helped :-)
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tbowyer Premium
Hi AJ.

Great training! Pity you haven't shared your website in your "Follow on" section, I'd have loved to have a gander.

I'm especially impressed by your comments in Lesson 6. It never occurred to me to develop the mindset beat them on a post-by-post basis. (Too bad for them, it has occurred to me now! 😉)

Thanks for sharing.

Regards,
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tbowyer Premium
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PS —Lesson 2: one of those savants **who**
#JustSaying #lolz
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AJTrimble1 Premium
Okay, okay... cut me some slack. I wrote this thing at like 3:00 in the morning. Besides, I can't change it now or everyone who reads your comment will know how vain I am. lol.

As far as my website, here is the one I am currently working on for the Super Affiliate Challenge: https://writerion.com/

Let me know what you think... even if the grammar stinks :-)
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tbowyer Premium
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Lolz, AJ.

I _thought_ you'd have a good sense of humour about it.

Perhaps you know what it means to be red pilled, or maybe you don't. If you do however, you'll understand that my instincts are greatly reinforced by the responses to this: (If you don't know what it means to be red pilled, then don't bother with the link, it won't mean anything to you.)

I have tried to visit your website. It's not responding. Are you updating at the moment? I will try again later.

Cheers.
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AJTrimble1 Premium
Hahaha... I'm assuming it is a Matrix reference, yes? Perhaps not, but that's what comes to mind because it's one of my favorite movies.

Anyway, I looked at the post and I think Rosana hit the nail on the head. I turned 50 the other day, and I just think that things like grammar, punctuation, etc. aren't as important to the younger generations. Perhaps too much time using "text" grammar. :-)

As far as the site, I just checked it with Chrome and Firefox and it pulled up both times, so I'm not sure what's going on there. Sorry. I gots nothin' to hide... promise. lol
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CPapin Premium
hi AJ

I read with interest your post; That's because I've been winding for a couple of days to post one new post; I also use the grammarly and hemigwai programs, but I always have problems not writing the correct post; I was not an English speaker; instead I am ambitious and tenacious; my heart came again; thanks for posting
all the best for you
Carmen
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AJTrimble1 Premium
The best to you, too, Carmen. If there is ever anything I can do to help just give me a shout. I'm only a click away :-)
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Che4 Premium
Thank you, your advice has really helped me. I started my post and got stuck in the middle. And yes I did procrastinate, but no more delaying. Thanks for the tips, and this is the first time I've started a sentence with the word and. And you know what it feels good.
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AJTrimble1 Premium
That is awesome!!!

Here's a motto I tell all my students to hang above their computers:

Get it "write", THEN get it right. :-)
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Foxhenley Premium
Hello AJ,

Yours is some of the best Teaching I have seen for beginning writers!

Your writing shows you did not learn to write yesterday!

I don't know how long you have been a Teacher, but we should expect more Training from you!

Keep up the good work!

God Bless and Good Luck!
Janice 2019 🌷👏
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dowj01 Premium
Great tutorial with some great ideas. Thanks for sharing.
Justin
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AJTrimble1 Premium
Thank you, Justin. I'm glad you got something from it.
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Anita00 Premium
I loved your training! So simple and clear! Very useful, especially for beginners like me! Thank you for sharing
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AJTrimble1 Premium
Awesome, Anita. If you have any questions or need anything just let us know :-)
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FKelso Premium
Good suggestions. One thing you said is something I've started doing recently. Once I have a keyword, I look in Google to search for it. Very helpful!
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rcroatian Premium
Many thanks for sharing! :)
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AJTrimble1 Premium
Thank you.
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Funder Premium
Great tips, will keep in mind, thank you for sharing
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AJTrimble1 Premium
Thanks for your support.
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Triblu Premium
Wow AJ, you are a magician with words... Thank YOU!

"Like'd" and tagged for sharing in the future.
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AJTrimble1 Premium
Wow! That's incredibly generous. Thank you :-)
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RonFrey Premium
So true AJ
I really enjoyed your down to earth article- so many home truths regarding writing.
I tell you what helped me was a famous saying, I have no idea who came up with it but, hey, it works for me.
" Write Drunk, Edit Sober"
Not saying you get plastered, then try and put a post together, rather write with abandon, leave your inner perfectionist behind and don't stop till you feel sated, then and only then, go back and edit
Cheers for Now
Ron
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AJTrimble1 Premium
Hahaha... I LOVE that. It is so true. See my response to Nauna below where we discuss that very thing. Thanks for your input :-)
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ShihTzuSteve Premium
A very valuable piece of training, AJ. I’m sure a lot of members are going to benefit from this. Content writing training usually consists of what to write and how much, this is the first one I’ve seen that covers the “how to”.

Steve.
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AJTrimble1 Premium
Awww... Thanks, Steve. That means a lot. I don't consider myself a "great" writer, and I'm certainly no guru, but I have been teaching writing for a bit now so hopefully people can get something out of it.
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APachowko1 Premium
Hi AJ

A great introduction to how to write for beginners. People just get caught in the details of what to include, spelling and grammar. The longer a document is, the more likely it will have mistakes. Our brains work faster than we type. We are so critical of our own work and we think it is never good, but guess what some people will be impressed, others not much so. That's life.

The only difference I would make is that I wouldn't recommend that the first draft is made in front of a computer. The computer will mock you. Instead write the first draft using pen and paper. In that way, when you transcribe it to the computer you will make changes and therefore your second draft.

Thank you for this great training.
Antonio
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AJTrimble1 Premium
Thanks for the suggestion, Antonio.

I agree with your thoughts on the first draft, but only in the sense that one must find what works for them.

For example, with my first drafts, I tend to "vomit" on the page, meaning I just want to get everything out as fast as I can. And since I can type a LOT faster than I can physically write, I actually have the exact opposite experience... it is the pen and paper that wind up mocking me with the cold stare of the blank page.

After all that typing, I tend to print out my writing where I can go through it, taking my time, correcting mistakes and editing for style.

As you can see, we both seem to follow the same process, only in a different order. And that's the beauty of writing: there's no one right way to do it. :-)
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Nauna Premium
Most times I find myself having to deal with these two writing deadly sins Paralysis and Perfection before completing a post :(

Thanks AJ for this :D really appreciate the training.
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AJTrimble1 Premium
Try not to worry about it as you write. The act of "writing" actually involves two stages: the creative and the logical. Interestingly, each requires a separate part of the brain.

When we are writing the first draft, we are in the creative mode. Here we are just trying to get our ideas down. This creative act comes from the right side of the brain. This is where things like creativity and emotion live.

The logical mode is where we do all of our editing. We are using the left side of our brain. This is where things like logic, math, grammar, etc. live.

As you can see, since each requires a different part of the brain, the absolute worst thing you can do is the try and do both at the same time. The constant back and forth hinders your writing, slows you down, and simply wears your brain out; it's just too much to handle.

So, when it's time to write, write. When it's time to edit, edit. And, to quote Kipling, never shall the twain meet :-)
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Nauna Premium
Yes, it sure does wear the brain out. I'm always so ecstatic with a new post but it takes so much more time to get on with the next one because as you said the constant back and forth drives me crazy.

Now I feel motivated to JUST WRITE cause its actually easier and enjoyable.

Here's to Progress, not Perfection (well not just as yet hehe).

Thank you again. :-)
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AJTrimble1 Premium
Awesome. Let me know if there is anything I can do for you :-)
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