How to become a more confident writer

How to become a more confident writer

You suck. You’re not a writer. Your work is terrible. You’re wasting your time.

These are just a few of the negative voices writers often have floating around in their heads. You may think you are alone, but you’re not.

Every writer struggles with confidence. That’s right.

“Fake it till you make it” is the popular answer, and honestly, it just sounds like being fake, right? That’s not very helpful.

So here’s a new game plan for you that gives you five simple steps.

“What about my platform?” Obviously, you don’t care about it now. I’m just kidding. This kind of thinking is fear-based and simply not true. Don’t fall for the “all or nothing” myth. Step away for a predetermined amount of time. If you must, schedule a few posts for the time while you’re away. Stepping away will only help you in the long run.

Unless you are intentional about it, social media can drain your mental energy and stop you from doing the work that matters most. Not to mention comparing yourself to others does not help your confidence at all.

Popular advice says to be a writer you have to write a lot and read a lot. While reading is very important, it will not help you boost your confidence in your own writing.

If anything, when the writing is great, it will make you feel lousy. If the writing is terrible, it will make you feel lousy too. So put down the book.

Focus on your writing and put some words on the page. When you’re not feeling confident, reading can even become a crutch of sorts.

It’s time to get some honest feedback on your writing. Not from someone you are dating or from someone related to you. Not from another writer that is just starting out in a Facebook group. You need someone who will give you a real, honest, raw opinion. You can take it.

If you can’t do this, honestly, you aren’t ready to grow as a writer. Does this stink? Absolutely. Is it scary? Absolutely. But as you know, growth usually hurts.

Take this step, despite being afraid. You should be afraid: feeling afraid is completely normal. But it will totally be worth it. Good, honest feedback is hard to find. You need it. This is where having a writing coach or going to an editor can really help. If you’re not sure, contact me and I’ll point you in the right direction.

You didn’t die after doing step 3, did you? Good. Now fix that piece as much as possible.

Take out all of those fluffy words that have no meaning.

Don’t try to solve more than one problem at a time.

The goal is to make your writing interesting, compelling, and clear. This is a really tall order, but you can do it.

Show your revised work to your friend. Again, you know you can take it. You did it once, you can do it again.

You’ll likely have to fix more. That’s okay. The good news is that you now have the seed that will start to take root and build up your confidence.

Once you go through this process more with your work, you will become a better writer. Once that happens, your confidence will grow.

An editor can seriously help you build up your confidence, but there is one more thing you can do to become more confident as a writer.

It’s something that most people completely overlook in this ever-changing (and ever-distracted) world.

You’ve got to finish your work.

Until you finish, you’re always going to second guess. In some cases, maybe not finishing is even a way of protecting yourself from criticism.

I know it’s not easy to finish. You have to buckle down and do the work — even when you don’t feel like it. I know the struggle, and I think it is a common struggle all writers face.

Finishing is what separates the real writers from those who want to be writers.

The great news is you can do it, if you just keep showing up. Show up when you don’t want to write. Show up when you feel uncertain about what to next. You know what to do — just do the next smallest step possible. That’s how you’ll finish your work — and how you’ll become more confident.

Join my free 5-Day Write First Challenge here.

Jim Woods is a bestselling author, freelance writer, and writing coach. His work has been featured in Fast Company, Life Hacker, Goinswriter, The Write Practice, and many other publications.

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Becoming A More Confident Writer

Some people enjoy writing papers and would rather write two papers than take one objective test. But others become anxious and frustrated when faced with a writing assignment because they think they can’t write well or that they have nothing to say about the topic. Viewing writing as a developable skill and as a discovery process helps reduce writing anxiety and build confidence.

Viewing writing as a skill builds confidence because if writing is a skill then anyone can improve their ability to write clear, complete papers. Choosing words, constructing clear sentences, and writing and organizing effective paragraphs are developable skills. When we view writing as a skill we see that writing is not only for those who like to write or have a way with words.

Some people think they can’t write because they have nothing to say about the topic or that they can’t fully express their thoughts on paper.

Viewing writing as a process which provides opportunity for discovery, drafting, and revision builds confidence because we can see that complete, polished ideas don’t have to be written down all at once but can be explored and developed over time. Here are the five main parts of the writing process.

Invention and discovery

Listing, free-writing, and anything that provides opportunity to explore and capture ideas and make connections – without worrying about what is and what is not on topic, useful, or correct. The main goal here is to get ideas and connections down on paper.

Drafting

Writing as complete a final product as possible. The main goal here is to keep audience and purpose in mind and to follow initial ideas, knowing that there will be time later for cutting, adding, and re-organizing.

Revision

To revise is to try again. Revision can focus on the whole or any of its parts. Keep in mind that many professional writers put their work through multiple revisions.

Editing

If to revise is to try again, then to edit is to refine. Editing involves refining word selection, tightening sentences, adding a bit more detail to help clarify meaning, etc.

Proof Reading

Proofreading involves checking for grammar, spelling, and punctuation correctness. It is an important final step in the writing process.

Successful, confident writers understand that writing is a skill which can be practiced and developed. They also know that writing is a recursive process and expect to be inventing new material as they revise their rough draft, and editing for word choice as they revise at the paragraph level. Most importantly, they also realize that the amount of time one devotes to each step in the writing process depends upon the complexity of the task at hand and when the final product is due.

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There’s one thing I hear from writers more than anything else.

Know what it is?

It’s that they don’t feel confident in their writing abilities.

When they do write something:

They second guess every sentence and spend hours on what should take minutes.

They run it through every writing optimization tool known to man but still aren’t happy with the end result.

They hover over the ‘Publish’ button but don’t end up sharing what they’ve written.

The reason? “It’s just not good enough,” they say.

I get it. I really do.

In fact, here’s a post I wrote and published over on Medium back on January 14, 2014 (six years ago). I cringe a little when I read this today. It feels. glib. Flowery. Naive.

How to become a more confident writer

But you know what? I’m glad I shared it.

It allows me to see how my writing has evolved, and it gives me a benchmark to reference around the improvement of my writing skills. It’s also a snapshot of my internal dialogue at that point in my life–and if it weren’t documented, I’d probably have forgotten that I ever even had this thought by now. Even though it’s not on par with the writing I share today, it was good practice.

It’s easy to become a better writer if you put in the work.

No one gets a permanent “bad writer” stamp on the forehead. I know that if you’ve been told you’re not a great writer (or even that your writing could use some work)–it doesn’t always feel that way.

But the good news is: I’ve seen firsthand how a few new habits can make a world of difference in the writing department.

Growing Your Writing Confidence

What can you do to become a more confident writer (and shirk Imposter Syndrome?)

1. Commit to a 30-day challenge.

Practice makes perfect, so challenging yourself to practice writing every day for 30 days (even if it’s just for five minutes!) can be a good way to introduce a new habit that sticks.

This can be journaling, writing a short story every day, recalling a memory, free writing–just get words onto a page. You don’t even have to share the finished product–just put it on your daily to-do list and commit to making it a priority.

2. Read more: Try a book per month minimum.

In this post, you may have seen that one of the pieces of writing advice from Stephen King was to have a solid reading habit. Reading gets you more familiar with words, different syntax ideas for sentence structure, unique metaphors–you name it.

That’s why having a healthy reading habit (of at least a book per month, I’d say) can help you become a better writer. If you have 15-20 spare minutes a day (you know you do), devote that to reading.

3. Keep a swipe file.

Sometimes you see writing that just really “does it” for you. Maybe the writing voice connects with you on a personal level or there’s a turn of phrase that makes you pause and think, “Wow, what a great way to describe that.”

Make notes on what you like about those pieces of writing and keep a running list of reference material (a swipe file, of sorts) that you can refer back to on days when you need writing inspiration. This will help you better understand what makes certain pieces of writing better than others–and can inform your own writing moving forward.

4. Be open to feedback (and ask for it).

It’s easy to be sensitive about your writing–I know I am. It’s so personal, right?

The thing is: Closing yourself off to constructive criticism only holds you back from improving your writing skills.

I’ve turned in what I thought were excellent first drafts to editors, only to have them sent back with lots of notes and suggestions for edits. My first reaction is to take it personally. but when I get into their comments, I often realize they’ve spotted holes I missed, they have suggestions for better reading comprehension, etc.

We both want the same thing: To produce the best possible piece of writing we can. Being open to that feedback helps us accomplish that goal.

Accepting feedback–and asking for it from writers you trust and respect–is an easy way to get external perspective on where/how/what you can improve in your writing.

Writing Confidence Comes With Practice

Are you going to become a better writer overnight? Nope, definitely not.

There’s a lot of work to be done, but if you can dedicate yourself to improving, I think you’ll be surprised at how quickly you can make strides.

This article originally appeared in my newsletter, A Cup of Copy. Sign up and get these free tips sent right to your inbox every other Wednesday.

The Sam of All Things Encountered

Writing is a fun thing to do. Everyone who is literate can pretty much come up with anything to write about. For some people, writing is a great leisure. Indeed, the best way to pass the time is to be creative. However, for other people who are more serious as writers, writing per se is a career. It is the primary means for them to put food on their plates. But regardless of whether one writes for leisure or as a career, one thing is for sure, all writers have, at least once, doubted their writing skills. Writing can indeed put people in a state of vulnerability. As the world becomes more and more open with the inception of the internet, anyone can become a literary critic regardless of their credentials. For this reason, some writers may lose confidence in their craft. Nonetheless, there are several easy ways to fight against insecurities and self-doubt. Whether you are struggling to grapple with grammar or preparing to publish your first novel already, you can easily build your confidence in writing by following the tips below.

Practice regularly

An old adage says, “Practice makes perfect.” Although, of course, it is hardly possible to have an impeccable writing ability, practicing constantly can greatly improve your skills. There are several ways you can practice your writing:

  • You can spend ten to fifteen minutes of your every morning free-writing. This means you just write basically everything that comes into your mind regardless of whether it makes sense or not.
  • You can write a weekly post for your blog. Pretty much every writer nowadays owns a blog. If you already have one, then you can just improve it and make it more active. But if you have not built a blog yet and you are quite clueless on how to go about it, then you can look for blog builders online as there are plenty of them or you can avail of blogging services.
  • You can search for different writing exercises online and work your way around them. Doing so will allow you to be familiar with and experience the various forms of writing.

Read widely

Reading and writing are two different things; yet, they complement each other. Writing expands the purpose of reading. On the other hand, reading is essential to a great writing. Indeed, reading enhances one’s ability to write. A common belief in the literary world is that one cannot become a good writer if he or she does not read. Essentially, reading allows you to gain insights from other writers. Here, you will come across various kinds of writers: factual, introspective, unconventional, creative, and so on. You can take inspiration from their works or you can come up with your own style while taking into consideration all the things you learn from others. By reading, you become confident enough that you know what you are doing.

Learn how to research

Credibility is important in writing. In order to be read, writers should establish a reputable credibility – one way to do this is to know how to research. Research is mostly popular among academic writers. Since their primary goal is to inform and contribute to the body of knowledge, academic writers are required to be factual and data-oriented. Their works should be grounded and reliable. They should not be based on mere assumptions, sentiments, and whims. Apart from academic writers, fiction writers also need to learn how to research. Doing so will allow them to generate more insights and ideas on how to come up with better story-lines and narratives. If you want to establish a stronger credibility and become more confident in the quality of your craft, then you should definitely consider doing more research.

Expand your literary circle

Expanding your literary circle is a great way to build more confidence in your writing skills. Essentially, expanding your literary circle means being acquainted with more and more writers you can take inspirations from. To do this, you can join some writers’ organizations. There are many writers’ organizations in the world. Usually, they come in categories such as organizations for women, for freelancers, for professional authors, etc. If you are not yet comfortable enough to share your works with writers you do not personally know, then you can create your own writers’ club with your friends who are also into writing – this is already an adequate step towards coming out of your shell. Aside from joining organizations and clubs, you can also attend book events wherein you can interact with and learn a thing or two from other writers.

Always enjoy writing

In order to become an effective writer, it is necessary that you enjoy what you are doing; otherwise, writing just becomes another daunting task for you. Being able to enjoy writing is also an important step towards building more confidence as a writer. When you love what you are writing about, it becomes easier for you to let your creative juices flowing and to just give your all. So, whenever you are caught up in pressure of proving your writing ability, just make sure to loosen up a little bit, ease your mind, and enjoy the writing process. Let all your words flow smoothly like a river – always remember, as what the greatest Sylvia Plath once said, “The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.

Whether you are a student, an aspiring writer, or you already write for a living, it’s always possible to lose confidence in your work. It’s easy to feel like your writing is rubbish, especially if you rarely get positive feedback on it. Writing often, trying new methods, sharing your best work, and getting in the right mindset can help boost your confidence as a writer.
Part1: Developing Good Writing Habits
1/- Read. Read a lot! When you’ve finished a book or essay, you will sometimes get a spark of inspiration. It could be a new narrative mode, a new style you want to try out, or even a new character.
Read a lot of writing in the genre you like to write in, but also think about expanding into other genres as well. You can borrow ideas from any style of writing.
2/-Start small. Use small writing prompts to kickstart your creative juices and keep them flowing. You won’t sit down and write a novel the first time you try, and you may not even crank out a short story on the first attempt. Start with one page observations, journal entries, poems, or essays, and slowly build up. [ Here are a few ideas to get you started:
You’ve been chosen to compete in the Olympics.
You are the “alligator whisperer,” the only person on earth who can talk to alligators.
A mysterious package arrives on your doorstep and leads to unparalleled adventure.
You get hit in the head and begin hallucinating.
You are an explorer who (unbeknownst to the rest of the world) arrived in the Americas in 1491, just before Columbus’ famous voyage.
You and your friends have been abandoned in a haunted amusement park.
3/-Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good. At some point, every writer has sat staring at a blank page trying to figure out the perfect phrasing. Instead of wasting your time, get your thought down on paper and come back to it later.
4/-Sleep on it. If you have been struggling to perfect a passage or even a sentence, leave it alone for the day. Come back to it tomorrow. You might be surprised at how easily the words flow after your thoughts have had some time to gel in your brain.
5/-Save everything. Even a piece of terrible writing could have a brilliant line or two hidden somewhere in it. Develop a routine of saving each of your drafts, just in case you need to go back and borrow from an earlier draft.
You might also find that something you wrote on one topic could be helpful to you as you write about another topic. For example, maybe you wrote an essay about your memories of your first birthday party. Later, maybe you discover that this scene would work perfect in a short story.
6/-Reread your own writing. One of two things will happen. Either you will be impressed by how good what you wrote six months ago was, or you will wonder what on earth you were thinking to have written something so dreadful. Even if it’s the latter, you will still learn from your mistakes or take inspiration from a few lines.

To succeed, you must do the work.

How to become a more confident writer

How to become a more confident writer

O ne of my main goals in life is to quit my soul-sucking 2–9 job to become a full-time freelance writer and life coach.

My only problem is that I don’t know where to start.

I also feel like I’m not good enough to charge for my writing since I don’t have any degree or formal training in content writing, email copy, and blog writing, even though I have experience.

My dilemma is, I stand in my way of accomplishing my goal and, quite frankly, sick of it. I do believe I have something great to offer people due to my life experiences.

And I feel like I could be of help to anyone who has a mental illness (anxiety & depression), chronic illness, and chronic pain.

I need to get out of my head and out of my way to make this happen.

One of the reasons I don’t try to market myself as a freelance writer and life coach is that I’m not confident.

I spend too much time in my head thinking of all the reasons why I won’t make it in this business and how I’m going to spend my whole life working in a grocery store.

And, you know what?

That’s incredibly depressing, and it brings down my self-esteem even lower, which makes me stand in my way.

I need to look for ways to bring up my self-esteem and confidence in my writing; we all do.

We’re not going to improve in life if all we do is tell ourselves that we’re not good enough and we have nothing to offer the world.

I’m guilty of this, hardcore.

I’ve had several writers on Medium tell me that they’ve read my work and think I’m a great writer. I need to work on being consistent.

These are the writers I look up to, telling me I’m a great writer, but the little voice in my head tells me I’m not.

I need to sit down and ask myself, who am I going to believe?

The writers who are successful telling me they can see me making $10,000 a month or the disagreeing voice in my head who’s the only goal is to sabotage my dream.

If you want to become more confident in a subject, you should learn everything you can about it.

I’m not saying you need to go back to college and get a degree, but consider taking some online courses about the topic you want to become more confident in.

I want to become more confident in my writing and ability in writing email newsletters, blog posts, case studies, even white papers.

To do that, I’m taking a few content writing and copywriting courses on Udemy, and I’m taking a course on email marketing that’s free on HubSpot Academy.

All these courses come with a certificate at completion that you can showcase on your resume or website, letting potential clients see that you’re knowledgeable in the services you are offering.

We all need to get out of our heads and stop obsessing over our fear of not being good enough. There’s always going to be someone better, more significant, more awesome.

That’s a given, it’s part of life.

But that doesn’t mean you can’t be the greatest and most awesome you’ve ever been. And it most certainly doesn’t mean you are inadequate and can’t accomplish all your goals.

It would be best if you stopped telling yourself that you are flawed and not good enough. Because the more you tell yourself that, the more you will believe you aren’t good enough.

Focus on doing everything you can to accomplish your goals and know that it will take time, so don’t get discouraged if it doesn’t happen as fast as you would like.

We can’t expect to get better at being a writer or doctor if we don’t do the work that will help us succeed.

To become a great doctor, they go to med school, become an intern, and they even go to medical conferences to gain more knowledge in their field so they can be the most incredible doctor their patients ever had.

We, as writers, need to do the same thing. We need to continue learning new ways to improve our writing, marketing, and running our business.

We need to go above and beyond to become the best writer our readers and clients have come across so they will continue coming back and consuming our content.

The best writers out there continue to look for more ways to improve their skills, so their writing career continues to thrive.

The more work we put into upgrading our talents, the more successful our business will become.

We need to get out of our heads and our way and continue to advance in our field, and we’ll be successful.

How to become a more confident writer

There’s an epidemic sweeping through the content writing industry. People are spending more time curating other people’s content than crafting their own original pieces. In a world where it’s easy to simply grab something from someone else and share it with your audience, you may be falling prey to this dangerous trend.

You may assume that convenience is the primary issue; however, a lack of confidence may be to blame.

How a lack of confidence hurts your writing

Confidence is a fickle thing. One minute, you can have all the confidence in the world and the next moment it’s gone. There are so many different factors in play and the average person has a pretty poor outlook on their potential.

“Often people think of confidence as something that the lucky few are born with and the rest are left wishing for. Not true,” business consultant Margie Warrell assures people. “Confidence is not a fixed attribute; it’s the outcome of the thoughts we think and the actions we take. No more; no less. It is not based on your actual ability to succeed at a task but your belief in your ability to succeed.”

When you look at writing, in particular, this means confidence isn’t tied to your talent as a writer, but in your belief that you can be successful. Once you look at it through this lens, it becomes apparent that a lack of confidence can have a tremendously negative impact on your efforts.

A lack of confidence can hurt you in ways that impact you both now and in the future. It either causes you to copy what others are doing, write tentatively, or stop writing altogether. None of these outcomes are good and will ultimately lead to your downfall if confidence isn’t rediscovered.

6 ways to grow your confidence as a writer

How can you regain your confidence as a writer? There are different strokes for different folks, but the following pointers should prove helpful.

How to become a more confident writer

1. Delay doubt

It’s much easier said than done, but the first key to growing your confidence as a writer is to delay doubt. This is a concept that works in a number of professional pursuits – and something that successful guitar teacher Tom Hess has discovered to be important when helping his students.

Hess feels like most guitar players never realize their full potential because they’re skeptical, impatient, and afraid to have faith in themselves and the process they’ve outlined for reaching their goals. In other words, they lack confidence.

While Hess has a lot of tricks up his sleeves for teaching guitar, he can only help students who are able to conjure up some faith in themselves. As a writer, you have to do the same. Before you can grow your confidence, you have to delay doubt and kick skepticism to the curb.

2. Practice regularly

Cliché as it may be, practice makes perfect. While practice hones your skillset, it also gives you more confidence through repetition. The more you do it, the less intimidating it will be.

Take 10 minutes each morning and afternoon to do a writing exercise in an area that you aren’t confident. For example, if creative writing is your weakness, spend 10 minutes answering a creative writing prompt. If it’s business writing that kills you, take the time to write up a quick case study on some data.

3. Mentally rehearse

Because confidence is an emotional asset, it’s something you can mentally rehearse, regardless of where you are. Warrell strongly believes in the human brain’s ability to mentally overcome confidence blocks.

“Visualization is a highly effective tool for building confidence,” she says. “It can activate the same neural circuitry in the brain as doing something in reality. So to help you act as if, try imagining yourself doing (or saying) whatever it is you want to do with a quiet but unshakeable believe in your ability to do it well.”

4. Gather feedback from the right people

The problem a lot of writers have is that they get some negative feedback from someone – a reader, editor, client, etc. – and those harsh words end up destroying whatever confidence previously existed. Then, they stop gathering feedback out of self-protection and never get to enjoy the constructive benefits of affirmative feedback.

In order to grow your confidence as a writer, you must be willing to open yourself up to feedback. It’ll hurt at first, but you’ll eventually come to love the refining qualities of the experience. It’s best to surround yourself with a community of people that you know, but it’s also helpful to get some feedback online. Here are some good resources.

5. Read with the intention of studying

The more you understand what good writing looks like, the better prepared you’ll be to write good quality content. That’s why one of the best things you can do is immerse yourself in other people’s work. In other words, reading (with the intention of studying) will help you become more confident by giving you the ammunition you need to thrive.

6. Never quit in the middle of a project

One of the worst things you can do for your confidence as a writer is quit in the middle of a project. Since quitting is almost always a byproduct of feeling discouraged, the act of stopping compounds the underlying problem. Not only are you frustrated with your abilities, but you’ve now given up, essentially telling yourself that you aren’t good enough to see the project through.

No matter how terrible you think a piece of content may be, always see it through. If nothing else, this gives you the confidence that you can finish what you start.

Regain your confidence

Nobody can instill confidence in you. You must find it yourself. The good news is that confidence isn’t tied to your abilities. And like all emotions, Warrell is quick to point out that confidence breeds confidence. All it takes is a little bit of confidence and you’re well on your way to becoming a better writer.

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How to become a more confident writer

The first experiences children have with drawing and writing will shape their writing development as well as their interest and enthusiasm for writing. You can create a home literacy environment that will positively support your child’s early attempts and will help her successfully advance through the often difficult and complex process of beginning writing .

Beginning writing occurs in stages that should be respected and celebrated. Some of these stages include:

  • scribbling
  • shapes that resemble letters
  • random letters written together to resemble a word
  • labeling pictures with beginning sounds
  • experimenting with different spellings of words

Parents can promote fun and enjoyable writing experiences for all stages of beginning writing with the following ten strategies.

  1. Create an Inviting Space for Drawing and Writing
    Young children need a comfortable and inspiring space that allows them to experiment with drawing and writing. This may include appropriately sized tables and chairs as well as a sturdy work surface. If the lack of space or equipment is an issue, consider creating a cozy area with bean bags, throw pillows, and soft lighting.
  2. Provide a Variety of Writing Tools
    Offer your child the opportunity to experiment with different writing tools such as pencils, crayons, markers, colored pencils and chalk. Include magnetic writing surfaces and gel boards if your child has difficulties with the typical writing tools.
  3. Provide a Variety of Writing Surfaces
    Provide an assortment of paper, including large and small sheets of paper, lined and unlined paper, note pads, stationery and envelopes. You might also consider providing other writing surfaces such as a chalkboard, easel, clip board or dry-erase board.
  4. Allow for Appropriate Drawing and Writing Opportunities
    To help your child progress through the stages of writing, provide consistent and varied opportunities for her to draw and write each day or as often as possible.
  5. Teach by Example
    It is very important for young children to see the adults in their lives writing. It sends the message that writing is a form of communication. For this reason, find every opportunity to include your child in the writing process. The next time you make a shopping list, write a letter or model a drawing, invite your child to participate.
  6. Allow Children the Freedom to Make Choices
    Remember…young children should be able to express themselves freely through drawing and writing. Often, we lose sight of that goal and place pressure and high demands on young writers. Each child’s choice to express his or her thoughts, ideas and feelings should be accepted, acknowledged and praised.
  7. Provide Support and Guidance
    Our role in the development of early writing is to provide encouragement and create confidence. Young children require support and guidance. Try these effective techniques:

  • provide visual support (pictures or illustrations)
  • provide verbal instructions to allow your child to construct an image in multiple steps
  • Accept and Acknowledge ALL Attempts at Drawing and Writing
    In an effort to create confidence, it is essential to praise your child for her attempts. Do not worry if she forms letters incorrectly or draws the same picture day after day. Your child will begin to expect more from herself and become more confident with increased exposure to writing. Remember… “It’s the process, not the product!”
  • Provide Specific Feedback
    Make an effort to tell your child what you enjoy about her pictures and stories. This continuous, positive feedback will create a sense of pride and promote her love of writing.
  • Allow for Sharing
    When she is ready, invite your child to share her work with other family members or friends as an opportunity to discuss her work.