Writing can be tough.
If you’re a professional writer or you’re aspiring to become one, you may have already encountered something called a creative block — otherwise known as a writer’s block.
You may not be receiving as much feedback as you'd like, or you got laid off because your writing doesn’t seem to improve numbers at websites we’re working for.
Or maybe, you received some harsh criticism that discourages you from writing altogether.
When you lose your motivation and have no one to cheer for you, you may start wondering if it's time to give up writing.
That's when it comes in handy to remind yourself of the importance of developing writing as a skill.
Here's a list of only some of the benefits that will inspire you to keep writing.
1. Organizing Our Thoughts
Developing the skill of writing includes a critical approach to our selected topic and an analysis of it.
We must decide what our premise and conclusion are even before we engage in writing if we want our piece to follow a logical structure instead of it simply jumping from one point to another.
Unlike in live dialogues, redundant phrases or arguments that can’t be backed up need to be filtered out from a text piece. We should be left with claims that are concise, but rich in meaning. Conciseness is often a mark of being straight to the core!
By being concise, straight to the point, and logical, we form a clear vision of what our take on the topic is and hone our arguments to perfection.
2. Removing Our Ego
One person who is in business far longer than I said to me that the secret to being a good writer lays in removing our ego from the piece we’re working on.
If we want to have an audience, adopting its’ mindset is a must. Along with that, we may also choose to alter our slang or to make adjustments to our writing style accordingly.
By doing so, we remove our ego and pander to our audience. It doesn’t mean you should completely devoid your piece of any personal choices, but it does encourage you to explore other possible perspectives and worldviews.
Writing invites us to act from a non-egocentric point and to put ourselves in somebody else’s shoes. This promotes empathy and a broader understanding of the world, which can often feel liberating as we throw away the shackles of our own ego if only for a moment.
3. Improving How We Express Ourselves
Writing can improve our conversational skills, making us become amusing speakers that know how to grab other people’s attention and adapt themselves to their audience.
Soon, we’ll notice how easily we communicate even the most complex issues in an interesting and engaging way that goes beyond pure reason and straight to the hearts of our listeners.
If we decide to take on more difficult writing challenges, such as employing metaphors or using storytelling to illustrate a point, this type of artistic expression will manifest itself in our everyday life as well.
It suddenly becomes much easier for us to express what we feel inside. Emotions are always personal and often hidden. It can be a real challenge trying to verbalize how we feel and communicate it to others.
That’s when it becomes pretty useful to be skilled at metaphors or analogies, which can help us paint the picture using appropriate imagery instead of concrete statements – just as we do in storytelling.
Don't Give Up On Writing
Don't give up on writing.
If you're losing motivation to write, gently remind yourself of why you started in the first place.
Maybe you didn't even consider the benefits I listed above. So, why not go back to the very beginning and see what it was that enchanted you and put you on this path?
Alexander James Guckenberger from Maryland, United States of America on July 25, 2020:
Writing isn't always easy.
Kathy Henderson from Pa on September 07, 2019:
True, we can get discouraged in writing. Especially those writing towards a career. I write as a mode of expression and ministry. Still, I struggle with the writer's block or becoming stale. I try to remember it serves me well to express or inspire, even if only one person comes to the table, it's lovely to share. I also agree it helps people hone their communication skills, a gift that is suffering in the technological age. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and tips.
John Hansen from Australia (Gondwana Land) on September 06, 2019:
You make some good points here. Thanks for sharing Dina.