I always strive to make writing fun and easy. Most people I coach don't consider themselves writers, so my first goal is to make them comfortable with the whole idea of writing.
By addressing the roadblocks that have been keeping them from writing—by throwing out the "rules" they learned (or didn't learn) way back in high school English class or by silencing that strict editor in their heads—most people begin to feel free to write for the first time in their lives.
My constant belief is that families would always rather have some stories—even if they're not perfect—than to have no stories at all!
Hence, my five "non-rules" for writing:
- Keep your writing relaxed and informal.
- Use your own voice—write the way you talk.
- Don't worry about grammar, punctuation or spelling. (There are computer programs for that!)
- Keep your audience in mind—write to inform and entertain.
- Keep it short —write multiple 2- or 3-page stories from your life. (They'll add up in the end!)
For most people, once the "rules" are gone, the idea of writing their own stories suddenly seems fun. In fact, I find with the rules lifted, the most stubborn non-writers turn into the most prolific writers by far!
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