Excuse number 2: I am not good at it

The second excuse to not write that I have identified is saying to yourself “I am not good at it”.

I consider writing and swimming to be quite similar. It’s not something you can learn by merely watching others. If you sat by a pool all day and watched swimmers, it wouldn’t make you a better swimmer, would it? So standing by written work and complaining that you are not talented won’t cut it. As the saying goes, writing is 10% inspiration and 90% perspiration.

It takes an average of 10,000 hours to learn any skill to a professional standard so the question to ask yourself is “Are you willing to out your time and energy into it?” And in a funny way, this brings us back to the true reason behind excuse number 1: motivation. If you have a purpose and a clear vision, then you will find the time. No one said that it would happen overnight. There is no miracles with writing. Even talented writers have had to work at their craft.

To start with, you are not going to be very good at it, although maybe, if you are lucky, you are better than most of us mortals. But just like the story of the tortoise and the hare, natural talent is not the only factor. Hard work comes into it for 90%. Consistent practice. Making time. And if you have that natural self motivation capacity, you will go further than most talented writers. How does that sound?

So what are you waiting for? And if you have issues with motivation, there is help. This is what I am best at. And that is why I claim that I can make you write.

To your creativity

Ange de Lumiere


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