Does the thought of writing something — a letter, a report, a blog — make you nervous, cause your mind to go blank, sound about as much fun as scrubbing the grout between your bathroom tiles? Or are you somebody who finds the activity rewarding?
How you feel about putting pen to paper or fingers to keys probably relates to the kind of writing instruction you received in school. If it was good, you not only were assigned writing tasks, but you also were taught how to accomplish them. Unless they’re born writers, novice scribes need tips and tricks, believable reasons for learning to write, guidance in a variety of writing styles and purposes, excellent examples of the written word, positive feedback along with gentle suggestions, and teachers who model writing.