“Wanna-be” writers wait for inspiration or a Muse, make excuses, and sometimes criticize people who are writing or have written. Others lament that they don’t know what to write about. Yet, these same people can talk with friends, relatives, colleagues or coworkers for hours with little or no effort.

So what is the difference between talking and writing? Very little! They are different means to the same end. Whether we are talking or writing, we are communicating or exchanging facts and experiences. If you have trouble typing or putting words on paper, dictate what you want to write, then transcribe the spoken word. A number of apps are available to help you do so. Some will even type while you dictate, so just do it! Put your thoughts down for the world to see and to learn from your experiences and passions.

If you want to be the best you can be at what you do, you must write every day — at least every day that it is possible for you to write. Set a schedule that fits your circumstances and stick to it. Be as diligent about your writing appointment with yourself as you are about arriving on time and taking care of business at your job or as a homemaker. You may have to arise early before anyone else or stay up late to practice your craft for 10-30 minutes each day, but do what you have to do.

Just as you developed into the person you are today during infancy, childhood and as a youth and young adult, your writing goes through stages too. In the beginning, writing may seem awkward or difficult, but daily practice will make it easier. Each of us is always in a state of becoming. Today, you are not the writer you will become with consistent, purposeful practice.

Being the best writer that you can be means developing your own voice, not imitating someone else’s. The best writers are those whose voice is uniquely their own. When your voice is well developed, your readers will recognize the writing as yours no matter where they see it. They will recognize it even if your name is not on it. This is your reward for spending time to perfect your craft.

How do you get there from here? Read what others have written, but choose wisely. Not everything published contains grammatically correct sentences or ones that flow smoothly. Make note of what you like about the way an author uses words and phrases to call up memories or feelings. Reflect on what you read to see how an author begins and ends sentences and paragraphs, moves from one idea to another, and calls forth memories or feelings you can identify. Then record your reflections. This is but one of many ways to practice your craft.

You can write thank-you letters to former teachers or mentors letting them know how they impacted your life. Local newspaper editors and elected officials welcome thoughtful, issue-oriented letters. Or you might write an essay about what you observe in nature, your developing relationship with your child or how an incident from your past is affecting you now.

The important thing is to write, write, and write some more. Write every day to develop your unique voice.

With over 30 years as a wordsmith, Eula Turner has mastered the art of laser focused writing to inspire, educate and call people to action.

Go to www.eulaturner.com to download a free copy of “Ghostwriter Selection: A Quick Guide to Choosing the Right Ghostwriter”, one who can put words to your voice.

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