The Pain of Writing

I have written only one other article on writing. Although I have written and published two books and more than 500 articles; I do not consider myself an expert on writing. The only thing of value that I believe I learned in school was four years of typing; it’s really paying off now. I slept through English; it is the one course I can now say I wish I had of paid attention to.

I am on two months leave of absence from work and I have created a habit of going to Chapters early in the morning and writing my articles there. I try different places from time to time to try and find the inspiration for my new book or an article. In the last two weeks I wrote six articles for “No Limits” magazine, and it’s about all the writing I have done lately.

I am 1 ½ years behind writing my third book. I wanted to write 10 books in 10 years. I have written very little in the last nine months and have ignored my web sites.

Most of the times when I decide to sit down and write I don’t really know what I am going to write about. If I can create a title first; I don’t have any problems writing. However, the process is agonizing and physically exhausting. My back is tied up in knots and it hurts. I am restless and fidgety. In the 10 years that I have been writing I have never started an article or book that I did not finish – it never fails. Still, I go through this torturous process. Once I get started it just flows and it has never let me down. It’s not even about writing the first line; it’s simply about getting started. My articles are usually 1000 to 2400 words each – not bad for someone with nothing to say.

I don’t know why I chose this time to write about writing, except maybe to help others who go through the same process or still others who never get started. I teach others how to start and I am always surprised at how surprised they are when they begin. Many have no idea of the talent that they keep hidden inside.

When I first sat down to write my very first article I wasn’t sure exactly what I was going to write about – it just came to me. And this is how it still works for me. After all the years of writing, it still surprises me that I can come up with anything at all. Most people fear that they do not have the knowledge of good grammar, punctuation, spelling and other skills to write – this stops many people from even trying.

I tell them that it doesn’t matter about those things. They can always go back and check it later or have someone proof read it – just let it come out not matter what it is. The computer spell checker works great most of the time. I have spent hundreds of dollars on programs that help. But it’s just not necessary to start writing. The only thing I would suggest is to write in paragraphs it’s easier to read and edit later. Don’t worry about whether they are correct breaks. If you write nothing, you are holding back any chance for expression – you are dying inside. There is a book already written in everyone just waiting for the moment for it to be brought to the surface.

By nature you are a creative being; you were born to imagine, create, and manifest your ideas into physical being.

For every book or article written there is at least one who is waiting to read it; even if it is you.

When I wrote my first published book I proof read it at least eight or more times. I read it twice more after it was proofed and twice more since it was published; but if you were to ask me about what’s in the book I would struggle to remember anything other than a general outline. It is the same for my second book.

For anyone who is following the “New Age” genre, there are no surprises. Most of what I have written about has already been published. The only difference is that it was done from my perspective and in my own words which have reached others who may not have understood while reading another author. That is the wonderful thing about being part of physical life. There are about 6 billion people doing the same thing differently. Every word ever spoken or written has been repeated many times over the millennia, but not in your way.

I have a fellow author who stumbled upon my website and she emailed me. She told me she was an author and had started a child’s book, but took a break from it. After visiting my site she was inspired to work on it some more. Some time later she emailed me back and said that she had visited a major book store looking for more inspiration.

After visiting the children’s section she became discouraged because there were hundreds of books there – why would anyone read hers? Why should she bother finishing a book that has so much competition; hers would surely get lost in the mountain of books already published? And besides, there is no reason to think that hers would ever get published.

I replied to her email and told her that there is one good reason – write it because you can, and because there is no other book published that has your name on it. Her book is unique even if the story was written many times before. It will never be exactly as any other, and she may reach a kid that the others missed. Her book may inspire a child for the rest of his/her life.

Not being able to write is no excuse, there are ghost writers who will do it for you. It’s all about the thought, the idea that needs to come out. A thought is not complete until it is experienced.

Having gone this far with this article I have realized that I am going through these doubts at this moment. I have written so much about my genre and I am looking to do something that is very unique. What I have done so far is a prelude to that – it is experience. When the time is right it will happen. All things happen at the correct time for a very specific purpose, not only for you, but for another as well.

You are of no service while you keep your creation inside – it must be expressed fully in the physical world.

The easiest way to start is to just start. Sit down with a blank paper and pen. Leave it idle on the table while you go inward and give it a few moments. Write down whatever comes to mind – it doesn’t matter what it is, anything at all. It doesn’t have to relate to anything. Try this, the quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog. Congratulations, you just became a writer. Now continue to do this again and again for as long as it takes – write your first thought, your second, third etc. Never force yourself, just let anything come out that comes across your mind. Eventually something will happen that may seem supernatural. The pen will just start flowing seemingly without any conscious effort from you. It may be something you know about or something far from your conscious mind. When you open the gates things start to move. Don’t fear it and try to stop; just let the words flow onto the paper.

Everyone has a story; I encourage all to start writing, painting, sculpting, baking or whatever is creative for you. Just let it happen – you are going to be greatly surprised.

Top 3 Reasons Why You Should Write Articles Today!

Have you ever thought about writing an article for your personal blog or business and still have doubt about it’s effectiveness? Then continue reading because in the next few minutes you will learn the top 3 reasons article writing is and always will be one of the top ways to drive traffic to your site.

As far as we can go back article writing is one of the oldest trait known to writing. We can age back all the way to the early 1900’s and forward to today’s newspapers where article writing plays a key role to the existence of those prints. Even magazines and now the internet shows article writing is here to stay and always will be around. What’s great about article writing now is that you no longer need to work for a company to get your feet wet in this field. Welcome to the Internet Stage my friend. There are many article website out there where you can submit your article absolutely free which leads me to “The Top Three Reasons Why You Should Write Articles”.

Top Reason #1: Helps to establish yourself as an expert in that field

The more you show yourself to have knowledge in that field people will gravitate to you like a magnet even if your not a total expert. Humans tend to have role models in a field they are passionate about. They are looking for information regarding that field. So if you can give them dose of that information on a regular basis they will quickly establish you as an expert on that field and will come to your blog or website to get a solution to their problem. For example if you write an article on how to train your dog to be friendly to your guest. Now you can be considered an expert to many people because you helped them solve their dog behavior problem. So do think if you continue to write articles related to the dog training field,that you’ll build a fan base? Of course you will. Does anybody watch the show “DOG WHISPER” with Cesar Millan. Would you consider calling Mr. Millan for help with your dog behavior problems? Think about it.

Top Reason #2: Launch your Freelance career

The beautiful thing about the internet is WWW part of a website address which stands for “WORLD WIDE WEB”. You can write an article and the world can read it. Which can open up a lot of doors in your freelance career. Like I mentioned earlier, article writing has been around for years and companies will hire someone who doesn’t even live the same state or country to work for them. Now who says you have to settle for one job? How about working for 3 or 4 companies at the same time. How about writing for your own company? Opportunities are endless in the writing field.

Top Reason #3: Article writing is an inexpensive method of SEO.

If you are looking to drive traffic to your website without digging deep into your wallet, then article writing is the way to go. Most article directories are FREE!!! So marketing your website can cost you nothing. So now you know the top 3 reasons on why you should start writing articles. Start writing and start now! Like anything the more you practice the better you become at it. Hope this article help you get started on your article writing career. Take Care.