It’s Friday. You’re at your desk with visions of weekend nothingness dancing through your head…until it happens. The boss pops his head in and asks you to write a “quick” 500-word blog post on who-knows-what-and-who-cares. Oh, and to have it done by Monday.
And there it goes. In 11 seconds, your weekend plans just got blown to pieces. Now, all you’re going to experience for the next three days is a lot of sweating, handwringing, tossing, and turning. Gripped by the fear of writing.
Sound familiar? Is that you? Do you fear writing? Do you struggle to find the words? Why do you think that is and, more importantly, what’s the secret to defeat it?
Here it is. Here’s the secret to better writing…GET NAKED.
To become a better writer and to find your voice, you need to get raw, real and vulnerable with yourself. Wrestle things out. You need to start listening to yourself. Asking yourself tough questions and being ok with the answers you find. And you need to stop trying so hard to appear nice and polished. If you’re ugly, look ugly. Be okay with who you really are.
And yes, this applies to personal writing and business writing on who-knows-what-and-who-cares. Vulnerable writing will better connect you with your audience and bridge the vast chasm that can exist between writers and readers. But no, it’s not easy. It’s downright scary and risky. But it’s also extremely rewarding, and, if you do it enough, it can defeat your fears of writing.
So go on. Get naked!