For as long as I can remember I’ve struggled with writing. I make simple grammar mistakes, and I struggle to understand the rules.
Despite those struggles, I will not stop trying to be a better writer.
Why I Might Struggle with Writing
I’m not quite sure where it all started. Sometimes I blame the fact that I grew up in a bilingual home. Other times it’s because English is simply hard.
Honestly, I think it’s because of three significant things. I arrived late to the reading game, I think too fast, and I’m not a perfectionist.
As a kid, just like all little kids, I was asked to read books for school. I did it, but I didn’t like it. So, I never just read books for fun.
It wasn’t until late middle school that I started reading for fun and started reading a lot more. Honestly, it’s not something I like to admit. I feel ashamed, and let me tell you my mom tried to get me to read, but I wasn’t having it.
Even after reading a lot more, I became self-conscious about my grammar. When I had to write in a professional setting I became very critical or began second-guessing myself.
I’ve learned, you really should never over think while writing. It never turns out right. I recently shared this struggle and fear with a coworker who gave me some pretty great advice.
No rules, just exceptions.
It’s really helped me relax, a bit more, when it comes to my professional writing.
As for thinking faster than what I type, well, that’s just something I have to learn to control. You see, it’s physically easier to type faster but it is much easier to make mistakes. When you read it back you often read what you had it written in your head not what is actually written. When you physically write something it’s harder to have that happen. It’s something to do with the your physical motion or something.
There are plenty of studies out there on writing vs typing. I just want to say, I know my struggle with this is quickly remedied if I just take a moment and read what I wrote in a different place, or even reading it from the end to the beginning. That way it’s out of the flow of what I wrote and is easier to catch the mistakes.
Won’t get Better Unless I Learn the Hard Way
To anyone who has ever corrected my writing for what seems like a simple mistake for you: Thank you.
Everyone who destroys people who fail at what seems like a simple grammar or spelling mistake: Shame on you.
I’ve realized that I’ve spent a lot of time being professional in the video, audio, motion graphic, and coding part of my craft, but never really did anything to really work on the writing part of content creating. Which, oddly, is essential to every single part of content creating.
I understand that I’m not perfect and that I often default to getting something out and not being right. Is that something I need to change? You bet it is.
I know that I won’t learn it in a day.
Contrary to my liking, I might have to learn it the hard way. I may lose some of you because you can’t handle how often I make writing, grammar, or spelling mistakes. Maybe enough of you will stick around to see the growth I gain within my writing, but I don’t know.
I do know this:
There is no comfort in a growing zone, and no growing in a comfort zone.