Why confident writing matters

Well I’ve got my own ideas about why confident writing matters, but this time it’s over to you…

What’s important to you about writing with confidence?

  • Is it feeling self-assured, sure-footed, confident in your writing?
  • Is it hearing words of praise from your boss, your customers or your readers about your clear, easy to read writing?
  • Is it seeing your name in print?  Your book on a shelf, your posts circulating round the blogosphere?

Perhaps it’s about overcoming blocks and barriers.  Getting rid of negative beliefs that you’ve carried with you since school.

Or perhaps it’s finding the confidence to write from the heart, to tell it the way it really is.

Let me know why writing with confidence matters to you.  The answers will help me develop this blog to match your writing needs.


There’s also a prize on offer!  I’m offering a free copy of Terence Dunman’s fabulous “How Not To Write” (RRP: £9.99, Amazon price £6.59) for the best answer received by the end of May.

Send me your thoughts either by public comment on the blog (just click the comments box at the bottom of this page) or send me an e-mail to

Editor’s views on what counts as the ‘best answer’ are final!  No correspondence will be entered into etc etc… other than sending the book off to the winner.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Joanna Paterson is a writer, photograph and journal coach who provides resources to help people tap into the rich seam of their natural creativity and express themselves with confidence. You can find more of her work at Nature’s Fire.

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2 Responses to “Why confident writing matters”

  1. On March 17, 2009 at 9:21 pm Matt Hayward responded with... #

    Yet another old post, but I’m the type of blog reader who reads all the archives when finding a blog I like the look of.

    Anyway, as a fictional writer who predominantly writes in the Roleplaying ‘arena’ I’ve found that confident writing has the following benefits:

    1: Having confidence in writing will often attract readers, and for roleplaying, fellow players.

    2: When collaborating in writing a story that you’ve started, being confident in your writing allows you to better direct your plot.

    3: Possessing a confidence in your writing is so often, in my own experience, clearly evident in what you write. The more confident you are, the better you write.

    I hope you got plenty of email responses to this blog entry, because it was quite an interesting competition.

  2. On March 17, 2009 at 11:27 pm Joanna
    Twitter: joannapaterson
    responded with... #

    Matt, those are really illuminating dimensions of confident writing and what happens when you practice it. Thanks


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