31 days of writing

31 days of writing

What can you do within 31 days of writing?

The intention of this article is to teach you exactly how to improve your writing. The idea was originally pioneered by Self Improvement author Tony Robbins, the idea being that you can improve your skills within 31 days of writing if you stick to the plan. His plan was also covered by a bunch of different writing blogs who all give their version of the plan. The most common thing you will find about these versions is that they basically boil down to this: Write and rewrite and rewrite.

The first problem I have with these plans is that they don’t take into account the fact that we are all different. We are all individual people. We see the world in slightly different ways and our writing will be structured in different ways.

Tony Robbins plan is heavily based on psychology. His assumption is that our brain is structured in such a way that if we are encouraged and inspired we will improve our writing. It works for him but does not always work for everybody.

His plan will almost definitely make some people feel bad. Either because they are not inspired enough or they are not writing as much as they want. I find these types of plans to be a bit dictatorial, “Do this or you will burn in hell” type of approach. The problem with this approach is that it seems to cause more damage than good. It is the equivalent of telling a child that he will never grow taller than 2 meters and that is that. He is never going to reach his full potential. Another version of that is telling a child that if she (or he) tries harder and eats and sleeps better that she will grow up.

Tony Robbins plan for improving your skills within 31 days of writing seems like a very good plan on paper but in reality, many people will struggle with it. The feeling of having to write something for a long period of time, while not enjoyable, can also have negative effects, on some people. I have personally seen people change writing plans halfway just because of a desire to change themselves, not because the plan itself was bad.

This brings me to another point, a plan that is aggressive isn’t a good plan. I have heard of people saying that they want to “impress” other people with the quality of their own writing. I hear people say that “it’s good to start small and improve with time”. What they fail to take into account is that if you are starting out with a plan which is aggressive, there are sure to be challenges along the way. Some people will be inspired and some people will not. Some people will have the time and perseverance to work their plan through and some will not. Some people will have the time and perseverance to work the plan through and some will not. Some people will do what the plan says and others will not. People will do what is best for them. It doesn’t matter if people want to impress people, still write for yourself, do what is best for you.

Instead of focusing on improving your own writing, focus on the quality of the writing that you do. The main idea with self-improvement plans is that you will improve over time, period. Some plans will be better for you than others. Instead of changing your plan in the middle of the process, change yourself in the middle of the process of working the plan. Instead of focusing on improving your own writing, focus on improving the things which are affecting the quality of the writing that you do.

There are many different types of writing that I have seen people writing, from essays to reports, to blog posts. The most difficult thing often is getting your articles out the door. This can be the difference between a good and a bad article. Most articles on the web seem, well,… average. This is probably because many people who write articles are not the most seasoned of writers. This means that they find it easier to write longer articles but less comfortable with writing shorter articles.

The focus of this article is not to teach you how to write an article, but rather how to structure an article. The articles are, generally speaking, alright. Sometimes a bit too long but okay. My main point here is that when you structure an article you should begin with the end in mind. The end that we want our article to have is the reader leaving with a better opinion of us.

In beginning an article on self-improvement you should structure your article with a goal in mind. We are obviously trying to impress people with our writing abilities, and there is no point in doing this if we do not have any goals in mind. The most common goal for writers is to be read. We want people to come across our work and read it. But why would they? They could just as easily go to Google and search for the information that they are looking for. One of the best ways to get someone to read your work is to give them something interesting to read.

Things to improve in 31 days of writing

Writing can be extremely challenging. Let’s face it, we all started as writers when we were young. From the age of 6 to 14, we communicated in language, when we taught each other new things, we constructed sentences and had multiple conversations using language.

We then went on to write for school, college and later in life we began to communicate with employers, clients, coworkers, suppliers, customers, etc. Looking back at my writing from all those years ago, I cringe at how bad it was. I now write for a living, on a daily basis, and to get my job I have to prove to myself, the employer and my clients that I am competent.

I have always been an avid reader, and avid writer, however, I have become very complacent over the years. I thought I had a good grasp on grammar. If I do say so myself, I thought I was a good writer. How wrong I was. In the last few years, I have written hundreds and hundreds of articles, blog posts, press releases and press releases for clients and employers. Every time I sit down to write I get confronted with a brick wall.

One of the biggest problems I have is that I am not consistent. Every time I sit down to write I end up thinking that I am not good at writing. I just don’t think I am good. And I am sure most writers out there are the same. Writing is like riding a bike. You can’t learn to do it overnight. You have to practice. Practice, practice, practice.

In this article I will be sharing 3 things which I have started to improve in my writing and I have noticed a big change for the better.

Grammar

Look, I know I am not perfect when it comes to grammar. English is not my first language, and it is very different to the language of my native country. However, I have always tried to do my best to improve my knowledge of grammar. In fact, the more I have studied English grammar, the more I have seen how wrong I was.

There are thousands of website, articles and blog posts out there that tell you everything there is to know about English grammar. There are plenty of resources and online communities, such as Grammarly which I highly recommend.

One of the biggest mistakes that people make when writing, is to think that English grammar is rigid and that if you write something incorrectly then the word won’t count. In actual fact, the opposite is the case. The quality of your writing is not based on your knowledge of grammar, it is based upon your awareness of grammar.

Variety

Let’s be honest, the best writers out there are constantly writing. Even if you write as a hobby, every time you sit down to write you should be writing down ideas and key points that you want to remember. A good example of this is the story of James Joyce. When Joyce left University College in Dublin in 1895, he did not go on to write for 11 years. During this time Joyce taught himself to write in a journal, which was basically a notepad.

Joyce did not write for publication, his goal was to just write and write and write. Whenever Joyce had a thought or phrase or an idea he would write them all down. When Joyce did start writing, he was extremely poor but from all of his early writing, he became known for his literary genius.

Joyce was also heavily influenced by the visual arts. Just as Joyce painted and drew all throughout his life, he tried to write in as many styles as possible. Each time he would sit down to write, Joyce would endeavor to write in a variety of writing styles.

Writing should be fun. You should not be forcing yourself to write. Write in different styles, write for different audiences, and with different goals in mind. I have a friend who has been writing a blog for 10 years. She hates the idea of writing. She is of the opinion that writing should be fun. Even though writing is a job and a regular feature in her life, she puts a lot of thought into creating interesting posts. She is great at making the most out of her articles. They read well, they are interesting and they provide useful information. I think any writer can be like my friend.

Summary

Writing can be a challenging skill. Anyone can improve. Writing tips help you become a better writer.