Dear Beth…

Writing has been your lifeline for most of your life. You have worked and worked at it, honing the skills you have and striving to perfect details like grammar, punctuation, syntax, and diction. Yet you still have a long way to go.

The struggle is real, as some might say. You have always struggled to learn new ways of writing. Fiction and poetry are second nature to you, but when it comes to factual or technical writing of any sort, you can get a little dull and boring. So I say go for it. Dive into this new genre of writing and tackle it head on. You will fail your first time, but you know this. Just breathe. Give it a chance. Give yourself room to wobble, and don’t be heartbroken when you fall. You are stubborn enough to keep going and succeed.

When it comes to learning new things, you like to know what you’re getting yourself into. So research, research, research! Find out what is considered good writing in that factual field and pursue the techniques that make it great. Don’t make it too technical, so keep your audience in mind. Is this a work you would want to read? If not, start over.

Just remember-practice makes perfect. You won’t master this overnight, so be patient with yourself and don’t be afraid to ask questions or take risks. Jump on in and give it a go.

You’ve done things a lot scarier than learn how to write a new way. Just try it!


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  1. The encouragement you give yourself is inspiring and It definitely helped me through my project. I can truly say Beth you are an extraordinary writer and I can’t imagine how many days I would have gone feeling insanely stressed out and on the verge of quitting if you hadn’t been there to support me. You truly are a one of a kind writer and a dear friend.


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