Confidence inspires confidence, and confidence shines through in how you communicate. Writing with confidence leads to greater reader trust, which means that your message is more likely to be well-received. But if you're not so sure about your own skills, don't worry! You can build confidence regarding your own written communication.
- Realize that writing is a skill, and like any skill it can be developed. Break writing down into specific proficiencies. Are you intimidated by the technical and grammatical aspects of writing ? With writing style, organizational structure, and fluidity? With developing a personal and authoritative voice, or finding the correct tone? Classes, workshops, and exercises exist to strengthen all of these muscles.
- Practice! Even if your eventual goal is quality and not quantity, quantity can help you get there. Try writing prompts, visit forums, publish a blog, or just pay special attention to the craft of written media, such as emails. Research shows that writing for as little 15 minutes a day can make a huge impact in terms of improving writing skills.
- Write quickly, and remember that you can always revise. If you hesitate over every word, your writing may come across as ponderous and stilted. Writing with confidence often reads fluidly , with a natural rhythm and a sense of forward momentum. To avoid getting hung up on your work, remember that editing and revising your document should be the two final things you do to the document. You can smooth out any imperfections once you have the substance of the document down.
If you dream of writing with confidence, contact Hurley Write, Inc. to learn about our classes, workshops, webinars, and other tips to improve your writing.
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