(Contributed by Keily L Shimray, English Language Trainer)
We all grew up experiencing panic and anxiety while writing for presentations or writing on a certain topic during exams. We encounter difficulties in crafting resumes, emails, proposals and the chronicle goes on. Our minds went blank and vacant and we run out of ideas. Thinking of how you would have performed the task in case you prepared in advance. This is evident that writing skills are a necessity and is crucial in both personal and professional development. Since writing serves as a purpose for conveying the deep undermining meanings that cannot be communicated verbally, some people are more comfortable sharing their thoughts and messages through writings. Their ability to persuade and convince the readers lies in these skills. Acquiring writing skills is indispensable in the ever-growing world, may it be students, professionals or learners. After all, it’s a competitive and cut-throat epoch and you don’t want to be limited merely for your ignorance.
The art of writing is an art of expressing your opinions, thoughts and knowledge that will instil the mind of readers. Writing is a skill that has been ignored inadvertently and ever so often.
It is a form of thinking, clarifying and understanding in a wider perspective. It helps you discover new ideas and enhance self-knowledge. Writing, like music and art, tells a story and grants the readers to create innovative imaginations. Having great writing skills is not something that everyone possesses but something that can be learnt through practice. Effective writing means the ability to move the mind of readers and transport them to a different realm of possibilities. It stimulates ideas and serves as an impactful weapon to share new knowledge and reflections with others.
There are countless reasons why you should invest in your writing skills:
Expands your vocabulary and critical thinking:
Writing helps you enhance your vocabulary and communication skills. Good writing requires intensive reading. The more you read, the better you write and express in a way that can reach your audience. The more you write, the more you become an expert. Writing regularly helps you develop your critical thinking skills in such a way that clearly state ideas and layout arguments to formulate higher-order thinking.
Essential work skills:
Writing is an essential work skill. Writing resumes, letters, emails, reports etc are part of any job. Having this skill will leave a good impression and get you through any task and process easier. Clear and concise writing will not let others question your abilities and credibility.
Writing helps you de-stress:
This may come as a surprise to some but writing helps you deal with anxiety or health disorders. Writing out how you feel or what you think you couldn’t express verbally helps you channel the mental instability by organising your thoughts and feelings thus easing your emotional stress.
Develops reasoning capability:
Not everyone has an inherent writing skill. It comes through practice. Jotting down habitually equips and fosters your ability to refine your communication and reasoning skills.
Bolster productivity and confidence:
Graphing your thoughts and ideas by penning them down clarifies you and others whilst broadening your knowledge, increasing concentration and productivity. Consequently, honed writing alleviates and advances your professional confidence.
Investing in your education is the best investment in yourself. And what better way than to invest in your writing skills financially and the potential of giving your work a boost. This, in turn, will ultimately amplify career opportunities and give access to bigger possibilities.
Enrich your creativity skills:
Knowing how to write will teach you how to think in a way that reproduces creativity. Interestingly, writing enables you to juxtapose the thoughts of others with your thoughts in novel ways which will help in getting your point across clearly leaving the readers wanting for more.
Attain a sense of accomplishment:
Whether you are a writer or not, writing may be an answer to satisfy your sense of achievement. This process may eventually be the foundation of your interest or even income. Writing down information and knowledge helps you assimilate and gain awareness of your reality keeping you on board at all times.
Makes you feel happy:
Clear thinking allows you to make better choices. And the better choices you make, the happier you are. This may seem absurd but it’s worth making an effort. When you write you won’t be bogged down by deep-seated emotions but rather increase your happiness and lift your mood. For instance, thinking and writing out your dreams and goals will make you stay motivated and efficient, pushing you to take action.
Writing is fun:
When you jot down your experiences and memories, it’s as if your stories are kept safe and you can open them anytime. You would feel the pleasure of keeping track of what you do or will do. It’s fun to read what you’ve written because no one else can write like you, your character. Your style, your imagination and your essence cannot be found elsewhere.
Many don’t take into consideration the dire necessity of writing skills and thus fail to make a mark in their personal and professional growth. If only we could give a little more push in skills like this, visualize the result it would accumulate and the change it would bring. In hindsight, it’s more about developing the habit of writing than the end product. It’s likewise an incredible addition to your routine that makes you exercise your brain. Regardless of your forte in writing, cultivating the habit is already an accomplishment itself. Write, write, write.
You can start with a piece of paper.
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