A month ago, a Twitter user asked me,
“Do you write articles on your own? I saw you are a school dropout but how do you learn, where bro?”
Yes, I do write articles on my own, and the purpose of this article is to discuss how I write my articles and how I learned these skills without going to school.
I read a lot.
Reading is one of my favorite things to do.
As a reader, I read blogs, articles on Medium, fiction, and sometimes nonfiction as well.
Reading is the foundation of writing. If you are interested in becoming a writer, you must read.
Here are two quotes that summarize what I would like to say about reading right now.
“Read, read, read. Read everything — trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master.” – William Faulkner
“If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.” – Steven King
I totally agree with both quotes. I always gain a lot from reading. When I read, I acquire “the tools” necessary to write interesting stuff.
I don’t care about grammar, I just write what I want to write.
Grammar is not something I have a lot of theoretical knowledge about. Even the things I learned in school have faded from my mind. I think that my intuition gives me a sense of what is right and wrong.
The reason I believe I have this power is that I read a lot and I have been writing for a long time.
When I write, I read it out loud to see if it sounds good, and if it does, I keep it. LOL.
Is it really that simple?
No, not really!
It’s really difficult. For me, the editing part is the most challenging.
It takes a lot of time, too.
Creating an article involves several steps, including research, writing, and editing.
It is important to keep in mind that writing and editing are completely different things and that a good writer does not have to be an excellent editor as well. You can also hire an editor. However, if you can do both, that’s great.
This type of article where I just share my thoughts and experiences is very easy for me to write. It doesn’t require me to do any research.
Initially, I write the first draft, which certainly contains grammatical errors since I don’t pay attention to it while I write, and then when editing, I use my intuition, the reading-out-loud technique, and Grammarly to make sure my writing is grammatically error-free.
Fun fact: In my Google Docs, Grammarly has analyzed a total of 5,176,682 words since 15 Sep 2019. (139,499 last week)
My writing process for Inuidea.com involves reading multiple blog posts about the topic, researching extensively, and then writing the article.
An article can take me three days or more to write (I don’t write 24 hours a day, LOL). The reason it takes time is that I only write long articles for Inuidea.com, I also try to do SEO, and when I edit the article, I try to make it as engaging as possible.
To make the article more interesting, I also design graphics using Canva.
When it comes to learning something, it’s not about degrees or learning at school; you can learn using the internet, by reading books, and blogs, and by doing things as well.
There are a lot of people who study English in college but are unable to write an email in English.
There are many English teachers who aren’t even able to speak English. We have a broken education system, and I feel sad about it. The problem is that no one cares about these things, and they’re okay with the fact that after studying English for freaking 12 years, they can’t even write or speak it.
The way I learned all these things was through reading, writing, practicing, and learning from my mistakes.
The learning process continues. There is still a lot to learn, and I still make mistakes, but I think that’s okay, I’m learning a lot after all.
If you want to write, just read a lot and write a lot, write whatever comes to your mind, and keep writing.
Thanks for reading this article. 💚
If you loved what you read, would you be able to buy me a cup of coffee? It’s okay if you can’t right now.