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Monday, January 30, 2012

Tell Your Story

Over the last couple of months, I've had a lot of conversations with others who are interested in starting blogs to share their stories, but they aren't confident enough in their writing abilities to start their own.  If you're reading this post or if you've read any post I've written, you've probably come across a few typos here and there.  A year or two ago, I would've spent hours pouring over one post to ensure it was completely error free and all of my punctuation marks were used and placed properly.  Today, however, I just don't have enough time for that and I've accepted the fact that I'm not perfect and I won't ever be perfect.  Don't get me wrong, I care about what I write and how it comes across.  I guess what I'm trying to say is, life it too short and days go by too quickly to try to appear to be superhuman.
 
I believe there's a way to shift from not writing something because you lack confidence in writing to writing something because you enjoy writing.  In high school, I used to whine to my mom about how I just wish there was a formula for writing a paper the way there were formulas to solve math and science problems.  Over time, I learned that the more you write and the more you develop your voice in your writing, the more you enjoy it.  Some of that comes right down to education.

I've come across some online resources that could help and one of these was this website that provides writing tutoring.  Has anyone heard of this? They offer online tutoring for elementary-level writing all the way up to to college-level writing and beyond.

One thing I love about blogging is reading the stories.  We all have stories--each and every one of us (including those without a blog).  Some stories tug more at your heartstrings while others make you laugh, and some are a little more interesting than others.  I think mine is one of the less interesting ones, but I try to spin it in a way that sounds interesting...is it working?  I suppose it has a few parts that don't need a whole lot of spinning.

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5 comments:

  1. Great advice Kirsten! I remember feeling very nervous in the days before I started my blog.

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  2. I love this! I'll note that I really love your blog because of how real, honest and just fun your posts are to read. Keep doing what you're doing! It's funny because I had the opposite reaction to writing: I love and always have loved it, in part because it was so different from math and science, which had one answer, one formula. I guess that's why I ended up in law :)

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  3. There is a definite am I a good enough writer moment but I do agree that everyone has a different voice and that's what makes blogging such a wonderful experession of creativity!!

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