Firstly, I’d like to put your dubious mind at ease by telling you that every author, regardless of their prominence, at one time or another have doubted the worthiness of their writing. You’re not a good writer otherwise.
To determine the quality of your writing skill, the first thing you have to do is write. Write about anything and everything. Jot down whatever comes to mind regardless of the topic or how good or bad you think it sounds. Write as much as possible. Then, write some more, and after that write even more. Unleash the writer in you. Tap, tap, tap away on your keyboard, at your typewriter—if you dare to have such a primitive device in your home. The more you write the better you will get, and only by venturing into that writing journey will you determine whether you’re good at it or more importantly if it’s the path for you.
As with anything in life, your first try at writing will certainly end up in disappointment. To think otherwise is positioning yourself for a huge fall. Cry it out, swear to your heart’s content—I swore by the bucket load. After all, studies suggest that swearing and cursing are signs of superior intelligence. By that logic, my brain is in Einstein territory. But I digress. If there is a writer in you, when you fall off that cliff, you’ll scale it again, and again, to get back to your keyboard.
It may take months or years, but your perseverance will pay off. You will get better at writing, and with improvement comes confidence—the greatest motivator. Keep at it and before you know it, you’ll have the manuscript you’ll be proud of.
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