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Writing for People Who Hate to Write

Writing is not going to be everyone’s favorite. Just like any other skill, task, or career, some people are inevitably going to hate it. But that doesn’t mean we don’t all have to figure out a way to get it done. The reality is, writing is a necessary skill in almost any job. Whether it’s a report, a blog post, or even just an email, our writing reflects who we are and what we know.

But just because you hate it, doesn’t mean you can’t succeed at it.

And you might even end up liking it a little bit! Here are a few key things to remember when you’re struggling to write:

1. Even professional writers find it hard.

Very, very few people come up with pure writing genius immediately. And even those who do only accomplish it rarely. From the most in-depth report to a simple message to a colleague, chances are you won’t write exactly what you mean the first time around. Most writing is getting something (anything) down on paper, and reviewing and revising it again and again until it accomplishes its purpose.

2. Getting better takes practice.

There are some people who have a way with words and are naturally talented when it comes to writing, but just like any other skill, anyone can learn how to write effectively.

3. Break it down.

The best way to write successfully, even if you don’t love it, is to come up with a plan and break the task down into smaller steps.

4. It doesn’t have to be perfect.

Although reviewing and revising is a totally necessary part of most writing, you have to stop at some point. Edit and review until you like it enough. You don’t have to love it — if you wait until you love it, you’ll never get it out there.

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