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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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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