In This Issue
Paul A. Jeffrey
Wesley Long Community Hospital – Moses Cone Health System
Pamela M. Sinclair, FACHE
Advanced Home Care
Samuel B. Seifert
Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center
Robert E. Byrd, FACHE
Alamance Regional Medical Center
Wendy P. Hicks
Novant Health – Forsythe Medical Center
Become a More Confident Writer|
Writing confidently has as much to do with your state of mind as your ability. Here are several ways to write more confidently.
1. Read a lot. Read widely in new genres and formats, and not just within your own area of expertise. Seeing how other authors formulate their paragraphs and project meaning will help form structures in your own mind. The more widely you can read, the more expansive will be your points of reference and the influences you can draw on when you sit down to write.
2. Write a lot. The more you write, the more you’ll relax and the less you’ll agonize over every sentence. Start a blog, write articles for free distribution or write for a charity.
3. Learn to accept criticism as feedback. Sometimes it takes a fresh pair of eyes to identify room for improvement, to which you’d otherwise be blind.
4. Approach every project with maximum effort. You’ll gain the satisfaction of knowing you did the best job you could.
5. Don’t confuse the writing stage with the editing process. As with beating writer’s block, just get words onto the page, and then shape and mold them to your heart’s content afterward. Perfection is something you can always aspire to but will rarely reach in the first draft, if ever. Even Shakespeare would probably tear up a few of his manuscripts if he were to revisit them today.
6. Appreciate that the occasional doubt in your own writing is part of the creative process. It is what keeps you striving for higher standards. Use it as motivation to improve and to learn how to become a better writer, which is a lifetime pursuit in itself.
Adapted from “10 Ways to Become a More Confident Writer,” by Matt Ambrose. For more information, visit www.freewritingadvice.com.
|Fall education session:
September 15, 2010
"Medical Staff Relations"
(ACHE Category I panel discussion)
WFUBMC, Winston Salem, NC
THEF Annual Meeting:
November 11, 2010
Grandover Resort, Greensboro, NC