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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