On Writing: Telling The Stories That Only You Can Tell

On Writing: Telling The Stories That Only You Can Tell


This idea is structured toward writing, but you can apply it to your business, service, or life in general.

"We're living in an age in which words have triumphed." —Malcolm Gladwell

The most important thing for anyone who gets to the level of being ready to write is to tell your story. Don't try and tell the stories that other people can tell. Any starting writer always begins with other people's voices because you've been reading other people for years. You're going to tell the kinds of things you've been reading.

But as quickly as you can, start telling the stories that only you can tell. Cause there will always be better writers than you, and there will always be smarter writers than you, and there will always be people who are much better at this or that, but you are the only you.

There will always be better writers, smarter writers, writers who can plot better, but there's no one who can write a _________ (fill in the blank) better than I can.

"There's no one who can raise worms, cultivate relationships, tell stories, build motors, debate contracts, organize finances, ___________ (fill in your strengths here), better than me."

Play to your strengths. No one has to see your first draft, but you do have to start somewhere.

To watch a great video from Neil Gaiman on advice to writers, click here.

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