Why Everyone’s A Writer in the 21st Century


It used to be that businessmen sold things, mechanics fixed things, and farmers grew things. Those are still true today, but there’s something every industry needs.

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In the 21st Century, everyone’s a writer.

We all need the ability to communicate ideas clearly and succinctly for the receiving party to understand. If we fail to do that, we’ve failed as a worker in any industry, no matter if you wait tables, teach algebra, or market products.

Of course some professions require more writing by the nature of the work they’re doing. Authors still write books, advertisers still write copy, journalists still write coherent stories (well, sometimes).

Try Not To Be A Writer

In today’s modern world, we’re inundated with messages. Texts, emails, social media, blogs, and everything else are vying for our attention with the way they use words.

[By the way, I’m writing a book. You can read a free sample chapter by clicking here.]

We can’t get away from using words ourselves, in day to day life. Try going a whole day without composing an email, sending a text message, or thinking up a witty, winsome Facebook post about how well you can avoid writing. It’s all writing. You are a writer, as Jeff Goins says.

To be able to communicate ideas through a brief note, memo, speech, email, or social networking post means you have to hone your craft. To be a better worker in whatever field you’re in, you have to use writing skills.

A Useful Suggestion

Here’s a tip:

Since everyone wants to send some sort of message, stand apart by the quality you write with. If everyone’s a writer, you need to be a better one to rise above the fray.

And it all starts with you owning that you are a writer.


Over to you: how do you use writing on a daily basis? What writing tips would you give someone else?



2 responses to “Why Everyone’s A Writer in the 21st Century

  1. It seems like the world today requires a higher standard in just about everything compared to where we used to be as a society and I don’t think that’s a bad thing. My parents, both English teachers, gave me the best advice: Good writers are also good readers. As you stated, to hone the craft you must study and learn from those who have mastered the skill.

  2. I feel that the value of learning to use meaningful and expressive words in any sort of conversation or message can’t be understated. The english language is littered with a smattering of both borrowed and unique words. So, on that note! At least once every week, try to look up a new word that you haven’t used before in your own dialogue and try to fit it into an interpersonal conversation or message. It may make you seem like a weirdo or know-it-all, but regardless you are enhancing your ability to express yourself and giving others food for thought in the process!

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