"I can't write."
I heard this all the time as an intern at UA-Little Rock’s University Writing Center. And though my clients never believed me, it was always those who thought they couldn’t write who had the greatest potential. Some people speak so eloquently but have trouble putting their words down on paper.
Does this sound like you?
If so, then I’ll tell you what I told them: Talk to an imaginary friend.
Your imaginary friend supports everything you do. You feel confident talking to them. They understand what you’re trying to say, and you can be yourself around them. Do they have a name? An identity? That’s up to you!
You can talk to an imaginary friend in one of two ways:
After you're done, show a family member what you came up with, send it to your professor as a first draft, or hire a copy editor to help form your train of thoughts into a research paper, a personal essay, or even an email.
Don’t let the thought of writing stop you from writing.
Alora D. Boerner
Freelance copy editor serving nonfiction writers, small business owners, and job seekers.