On no uncertain terms: conviction in yourself
When I started out as a translator, if I wasn’t 100% certain about something I would blur the edges. I would use phrasing that made the reader have to read between the lines a bit because I was not sure I had understood things properly. Now that my understanding has increased, I feel I’m better able to express the source content in a more accurate way.
I’ve tried to bring this over to my writing too. Where possible I’ve purposely taken out things that can be left up to interpretation, for example your I thinks and I believes. This greater conviction leads to stronger writing, and better being able to convey your opinions.
Try it. Try stating things as facts and see how much you actually believe. I’ve found quite a few flaws in my thinking this way, and it’s helped me become more convinced when I do actually think I am correct. Not a bad way to go about things.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Hi, I’m Tim Bunting AKA the Kiwi Yamabushi, a New Zealander who became a Yamabushi Ascetic in the Dewa Sanzan mountains of north Japan. I’m part of the Yamabushido team, and we host life-altering Yamabushi training on the Dewa Sanzan (website link). People come to us for the ultimate mindfulness experience, to reach the next level, or simply connect with nature and themselves.
I’m on a mission to summit all 100 Famous Mountains of Yamagata Prefecture to spread the splendour of this fabulous location, and in dedication to all those who lost their lives out in nature, including my father.
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