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When Are You An Expert Writer?

I’m sitting at my laptop, having posted several articles and videos on some paying sites. I have deleted a whole bunch of my You Tube videos. I didn’t know about S.E.O. and keyword stuffing back then, so they failed. This got me thinking, what is that one thing that every writer must do and most don’t do well enough and a few others do pretty damn well? It is now 3:30 am. and the results are now in. My laptop has 24 tabs open, my paper notepad is full of scribbled notes and I am now pretty confident, that the one thing every writer must do and do well, is, they all have to tell stories!

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No matter what kind of writing we do, we will always be telling stories.

Short story writers and novelists have to do that anyhow, but what if you are writing a step by step tutorial, do you still need to be able to tell a good story? For example, some rookie cops, are listening attentively to their senior peer’s stories about close brushes with death. A synchronized part of the rookie’s brain is active and they share the experience in the same way. So, now they know what to do when they are facing a future similar situation, this allows them to be better prepared to deal with it.Throughout recorded history, story telling is the very best teacher.

It is no different when you write sales copy since marketing is about telling stories of how your prospect’s  lives could be so much better if they bought the product you are selling?

The truth is, all writers tell stories. Bestselling writers tell best-selling stories. So, if you want to write better, you need to learn how to tell amazing stories. Ever since reading my first English book, I was speaking only Afrikaans, my home language, The book was written by-Richmal Crompton, titled-Just William, and was about the adventures of William Brown,  an unruly British schoolboy. I was instantly hooked! The book was the first in a series of 39 books, spanning a period of fifty years between 1921 and 1970. The most notable feature of the series was the fact that the main character, William Brown remains at the same eleven years of age, despite each book being set in the era it was written in.

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I wanted to share my own adventures with other kids. To broaden my insight I took out increasingly more difficult books from local libraries. I would just keep right on reading them until I finally understood that the writers wanted readers to share with them, it was their passion. So, at what point, do writers stop learning the basics of the craft? I believe, writers remain learners.

Even seasoned authors, write articles or chapters with a dozen tabs open on their laptops. They also have several book sources, and a paper notepad is strewn around them because they deeply believe, the broader their research, the better they write. –

The more resources, the more lifelike they can reproduce their stories.

Writers share information with people who have never heard what they have to say. A few words, written down, can transform a reader’s mind into a universe of imagination. Writers do this only through learning.

They learn about craftsmanship, current events, politics, spirituality, emotions, and science. Good writers, never become experts. Once anyone has become an expert at something, they can no longer learn anything new. The result is that what you had accumulated, will soon become uninspiring and stale. My wish for you, is, rather strive to be a novice in everything and you will never run out of stories to write about.


What do you think?

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    • 1 Mark, don’t get me wrong, writers sure are teachers in every sense of the word but what I am saying in the last part of my post, is more of an attitude than an action. I’ll put it this way, If in my life, at any one time, I should feel superior to every other writer, I am crossing unchartered waters and stand to become stale:”Good writers, never become experts. Once anyone has become an expert at something, they can no longer learn anything new. The result is that what you had accumulated, will soon become uninspiring and stale.” If you write for any other reason than the ones you mention, I believe your second descriptive word choice should always be uppermost, “an activity that you do regularly for enjoyment rather than as a job.” Thank you for your thought provoking comments, I appreciate it.