Writing: Largely About having the Confidence to Do It!

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Writ­ing: Large­ly About hav­ing the Con­fi­dence to Do It! This title came from words heard on a TV inter­view. The per­son with the con­fi­dence to sim­ply write has the capa­bil­i­ty to com­plete a great piece was the gist of the dis­cus­sion. There are many rea­son not to write. Exam­ples list­ed here:

  • Lack of knowledge
  • Uncer­tain of the facts
  • Lack­ing confidence
  • Don’t know the words to use

Do you poss­es the con­fi­dence to do it?

 

Lacking Knowledge?

Many writ­ers tack­le sub­jects they have lit­tle knowl­edge of, this is where research becomes essen­tial. That lack of knowl­edge may become an imped­i­ment to writ­ing as can uncer­tain­ty of the facts. There are 4 stages to gain­ing com­pe­tence on any subject:

  • Uncon­scious incompetence
  • Con­scious incompetence
  • Con­scious competence
  • Uncon­scious competence

Coloured pencils by AlexanderStein CC0 Public DomainTak­ing a per­son from know­ing noth­ing about a par­tic­u­lar sub­ject, per­haps not even being aware for such a skill to need to exist, to tak­ing on that skill that it becomes a part of every­thing that they do. It is about devel­op­ing the tools to write with. The con­fi­dence to do it is just such a tool. Start a new job and you go through these stages, you will also do the same when writ­ing.

In the first stage peo­ple don’t know the words exist or how to use them, this fail­ure doesn’t mat­ter. At the sec­ond stage an indi­vid­ual realis­es that there are words or phras­es they don’t know the mean­ing to. This is pos­si­bly the start point for dis­cov­ery. The third stage is about using the new­ly learned skills. They have to make con­scious choic­es about where and when to use par­tic­u­lar phras­es, per­haps each time hav­ing to check spelling or usage. One of the rea­sons busi­ness­es give for lim­it­ing the use of train­ing is that it doesn’t work. The rea­son peo­ple don’t put their new skills into prac­tice. This third stage is the most impor­tant, it is large­ly about tack­ling fears.

By the fourth stage their con­fi­dence is rid­ing high, the phrase or words are part of the writer’s vocab­u­lary. At this time they should have the con­fi­dence to do it and con­tin­ue doing it.

 

Repairing Your Failings

Little girl dancing by jill111All of the fail­ings or rea­sons not to write shown above can be cured through this approach. If you lack knowl­edge, or are uncer­tain of the facts, you research more, build the con­fi­dence to do it. This also accounts for not know­ing the words to use, as they can be dis­cov­ered, open the dic­tio­nary, use Google.

Can you describe the danc­ing girl? What moves does she make? Why is she blind­fold­ed? Each sit­u­a­tion gives us a unique way to describe what is hap­pen­ing, what steps must be tak­en, etc.

For writ­ing to suc­ceed it is best shared with some­one else.

Lack of con­fi­dence is nor­mal­ly asso­ci­at­ed with poor knowl­edge, but it is true that some peo­ple are incred­i­bly shy (even if they have all the knowl­edge in the world). Not every writer has to be an open book (the way I am). One of the aspects of writ­ing on the inter­net is that it is pos­si­ble to hide behind a pseu­do­nym or fake per­sona. Only let oth­ers into your inner cir­cle when you are com­fort­able doing so, cone at a time. All oth­ers are kept at arm’s length. It is all about con­nect­ing, if you don’t have the con­fi­dence to do it, then don’t. This way it is pos­si­ble to build a writ­ing per­sona and keep it dis­tinct from the real you.

 

Illiterate?

I want­ed to add a spe­cial word here on lit­er­a­cy. par­tic­u­lar­ly when it con­cerns writ­ers who write in lan­guages oth­er than their moth­er tongue.

Being illit­er­ate is not nec­es­sar­i­ly a mark­er of low intel­li­gence. While there are lit­er­ate peo­ple who are igno­rant, an illit­er­ate per­son is not nec­es­sar­i­ly igno­rant. I know a few peo­ple who speak as many as six or sev­en lan­guages, yet they are only lit­er­ate in one or two. Lan­guages like Eng­lish, French, and Ger­man (among oth­ers) share a script. If you read and write Eng­lish and you under­stand spo­ken French then know­ing how to read or write in that lan­guage is rel­a­tive­ly straightforward.

Speak Eng­lish, Russ­ian, Hin­di, Hebrew, and Ara­bic you should be aware that there are very dif­fer­ent scripts used by each of those lan­guages. Russ­ian uses Cyril­lic script, which on the sur­face seems to have many sim­i­lar­i­ties to the roman script used for French or Eng­lish, jet it has sig­nif­i­cant dif­fer­ences. Hin­di, Hebrew, and Ara­bic each have dif­fer­ent scripts. It is pos­si­ble for an Eng­lish speak­er to be able to speak Ara­bic, yet not know the script. It does not make them igno­rant when they use Ara­bic, it sim­ply means they have lim­i­ta­tions in lan­guage use.

 

Lost in Translation

Translate by Geralt CC0 Public Domain from PixabayThe same is also true, for exam­ple of Asian Indi­ans who know how to speak Eng­lish, but are not con­fi­dent about the script. They are not igno­rant, they sim­ply have lim­i­ta­tions in how they use the lan­guage. Even when a per­son knows how to write using the Roman script, does not mean they will trans­late the words into per­fect Eng­lish phras­es. Dif­fer­ent lan­guages have dif­fer­ent rules of con­struc­tion. A sen­tence that is cor­rect­ly formed in Hin­di, or Ara­bic does not nec­es­sar­i­ly direct­ly trans­late to Eng­lish. This can be hard for a native Eng­lish speak­er to under­stand. It is often called bro­ken Eng­lish, but real­ly it is the trans­la­tion that broke.

To improve the trans­la­tion requires patience both from the writer and the read­er. In the mod­ern era the read­er all too often lacks the desire or patience to help as they seek instant res­o­lu­tion of their own prob­lem. There is no easy answer. Read­ing clas­si­cal works of Eng­lish lit­er­a­ture can help this writer under­stand how the great writ­ers of his­to­ry have craft­ed their works.

 

The Confidence to Do It

Eng­lish being the most used lan­guage on the plan­et does mean we have many who are uncer­tain about the words to use or lack con­fi­dence to write. Truth is those that have the strongest desire to write just get on and do it. They do not let the pre­con­ceived ideas of oth­ers stand in their way. We should applaud such efforts even if they seem uncer­tain in their expres­sion. Not every­one is per­fect and per­fec­tion is not an ingre­di­ent of writ­ing. Do you have the con­fi­dence to do it?

 

Related Reading:

The fol­low­ing mate­r­i­al may prove use­ful if you are look­ing at ways to boost your per­son­al con­fi­dence as a writer.

 

 

Buy Peter B. Giblett a cof­fee to thank him for ques­tion­ing if you have the con­fi­dence to write. The images includ­ed here are from roy­al­ty free pub­lic domain sites, like Pixabay.

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6 Replies to “Writing: Largely About having the Confidence to Do It!”

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