Gone are the days we sat down with our biro pens, finely sharpened pencils, and blank sheets of paper to jot down our ideas and drafts for that next big novel.
Technology has long since replaced longhand writing, with typewriters, iPads, iMacs, laptop computers, and desktops being the things for writers to “tappity tap” on.
Sure, computerized devices are much quicker—and, of course, you don’t have to worry about the dreaded hand cramp after writing for only a short duration of time … plus you can partially rely on spellcheck to alert you to those silly little grammar mistakes.
With the click of a button, your work is saved and stored in a folder of your choice; all you have to do is open up the file again and voila, you’re ready to pick up from where you left off.
Can I be honest with you?
When I first found out that writing would be a fundamental part of my entrepreneurial journey, I was a little worried.
I was flat-out terrified.
I’d never thought of myself as a writer.
In fact, to tell you the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, I’m dyslexic.
You can imagine how loud the doubting voices within me were at that time.
I was one of those kids who had to stay inside to practice the piano, who got to take time off from school for competitions, and took music theory exams on my own time.
Was I always thrilled to be doing this? Nope! But am I glad I did? Absolutely.
It wasn’t until my love-hate relationship with playing instruments settled firmly on “love” that I realized that having studied music for years taught me some valuable life lessons, including ones that can be applied to my writing.
This is what I learned about writing from studying music.Continue reading
I’m not one of those people who can easily convert their thoughts into writing; instead, I work better with a structured approach to expressing my thoughts and ideas.
I tend to use a list whenever I need to do something, including writing.
What do lists have to do with writing?Continue reading