Time to get this clear:

We all have got love for something.

Be it swimming, running, learning french, playing the guitar, writing, creating arts, web design, reading books, blah blah. We’ve got love for something. And most likely there’s a uniqueness that sets us apart from several others.

It’s time we quit screwing around and get to work on that till it becomes much more than the ‘some-thing’ it is.

It could be the salvation of another. Or probably the lifeline that draws a drowning person out of the water.

“Throw your dreams into space like a kite, and you do not know what it will bring back, a new life, a new friend, a new love, a new country.”Anais Nin

By staying aloof, folding our arms while the ship sailing the world continues to rock, in the hope that it’ll steady itself, we play a joker card on the world.

It’s important to learn this: that what we’ve got is just enough for us to build upon, get better and improve upon, and that basically…it’s not meant to serve us alone.Click to tweet

It’s a self-centered and selfish life to undermine the development of your art; What makes you YOU. That’s what I refer to. It’s sheer wickedness, arrant nonsense, incorrigible dogshit to let go of that life and swim backwards, to a life of complacency.

What shocks us in the end is this: that we never really ate only our life away, we never only sabotaged our life’s destiny. But we plucked those of others living now, and worst still, generations yet unborn. Then we shuck them into nothingness, casting them in the stream of oblivion.

Not only our lives get washed away with the attempt at unfulfilled dream, ours and the persons next. Yes, not creating arts, not living out the calling you’re made to live directly affects that person you’re close to. Or imagine that Ben Carson never became a neurosurgeon. A couple siamese twins would have died siamesed.

Here’s the truth in basic: Get on with living out the dream in your head and watch others follow suit.

So you aren’t sitting on your butts anymore, not making excuses for not crafting beautiful stories. Neither are you sitting ducks, dilly-dallying upon when the right time is, to begin.

      You’ve Got To Be ‘Wrecked’

I saw this word in Jeff Goin’s book ‘Wrecked’. His definition of it kicked my guts up.

Wreck, for me, is colliding with the event that transforms you. An event that affects you so much you get up on your butt and lay off excuses to start living your dream.

What’s your wreck story? What’s occurred in your life that could be a lifeline for others?

You lost someone you love? Some folks do too, and they sure need encouragement. Wrap that up in good words and toss them online.

Or perhaps you’ve crashed into freelance writing and are making it huge in Nigeria. In lieu of being obsessed over having more competitors, sell your freelance writing tips on the web. You most definitely cannot handle the entire freelance writing opportunities in the Nigerian market. So share.

Moreover, in solving a problem, sharing tips and ideas, you get exposed to much more opportunities that wouldn’t have come if you’d held back. You create networks. You build relationships. You sell your services on a bigger scale. And if your tips and ideas rock the boat, you become a champion and sodding well begin to demand higher pay from your clients.

In living the life of our dream, we aren’t successes for ourselves alone, we create avenue for succeeding for others too.

“If you take responsibility for yourself you will develop a hunger to accomplish your dreams.” Les Brown

Here’s what you’ll need to do: Start today to live your dream, take it one step at a time. For example, start to write the book (or whatever), beginning with at least 500 words each day.

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The World Does Not Need You To Do This

Photo Credit: Jessica

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“The thing is, people who make a difference never wait for just the right time. They know that it will never arrive.” Seth Godin

It could happen today.

It could be later.

It could be in so many years to come.

Or it could never be.

What matters, what really matters, is that you do not prolong the attempt to make a difference.

It’s certainly a long wait to wait till tomorrow to begin living a life of impact.

You could wait till the time’s right, when you ‘feel just right’, when the money starts coming, when there’s no hitch, when all is perfect; till you begin. But then, you’ll be waiting so long.

Because perfect times never come. Perfect seasons are even an implausible wish.

But you can make each moment perfect. You can live each day renewed, fresh, and ready to kick some projects to fruition.


Maximise the moment. Start living today the dream you have in your head. Quit talking, start doing. Stop planning, implement!

Innovate. Create. Call out your Muse.

But please, pwwetty please, the world does not need you to sit on your butt waiting for the right moment.

“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” Walt Disney

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Make Each Day Count This Way

Here’s why we need to know that everyday is a blessing to be lived presently, because it builds us up and helps us appreciate the gift of life.

In wanting to build a great future for ourselves, often we get sucked in by a detachment from the present. And while our bodies live in the present, our minds live, in a manner of speaking, in the future.

Here’s what it results to: worry, anxiety, haste, unhappiness, dissatisfaction, irritation. This list is long. But here’s taking out some points.

Dissatisfaction is what results when we find no life in the work we love to do. When, for every moment we approach the writing desk (or any working desk for that matter), our thoughts are stayed on the kind of life we would have preferred: more written books, a bigger platform, myriad speaking gigs, and all sorts. These may often happen after comparison with another person who’s ‘had it made’ in this aspect.

But here’s what we steal from ourselves: the joy of the moment, the happiness that we could have gotten if only we’d enjoy the present we have at hand.

Happiness isn’t farfetched. You can learn to be happy all the time. It is a characteristic that can be lived in every moment of the day. How? Enjoy the moment. Be grateful for what you’ve got and put the worries of what you don’t have behind you.

We’ve got to quit being frenetic about the future and enjoy the moment.

I discovered recently that I’d spent most of my present moments living in the future. I would always think of what I’d do in future, set my plans in the future, think the future, obsess over the future.

Then I found I had too little time for anything meaningful at all. I had no time for building relationships. I never let my time be taken, not even by the right things. I had no time for anything that’s not ‘me’, ‘me’ and ‘me’. I was petulant, impatient, hasty.

In wanting to be diligent and create a future I would love, I found it was happening the other way round. I was working desperately impatiently hoping that the future I wanted would be just as planned. And like haste destroys many things, I missed many lessons – important life lessons that could’ve shaped me into a better person.

I was working, doing what I love, but I was frustrated.

Here’s what I learned from enjoying each moment:

If you take care of the things that matter now, you’ll never have to worry about the future.

To expand, if you learn to spend less than you earn, and save more, you’ll never have to worry about debts or finance hitches so much in future.

If you’ll treat everyone you meet and know with respect, love and accept them for who they are, find a level to relate with them without judging them, you’ll hardly ever have issues with relationships later in future.

If you diligently do the work that is in front of you now, removing all the rubbles (distractions, poor habits, procrastination, etc) that hinder you from being your best, you won’t have to worry about, say, poverty in future.

If you spend more time being about the business of improving YOU, you’ll hardly have anything to worry about in the future.

If you spend time being a better friend, a better lover, living sometimes off technology (smartphones, internet and the likes), making room for your mistakes, disallowing the fear of some unseen future, and you continually revel in the moment, your headache reduces. Your stress level becomes minimal.

And you’ll get off the rat race that the world has become overly entangled with.

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How To Grow Your Influence

I woke up this morning, with the sound of the alarm still blaring in my head. It coincided with the jabs in my head. My body ached like I got run over by a train. And my brain, though not clogged, couldn’t seem to process much.

It’ll probably be the reason why I didn’t feel like writing this morning.

But as I rummaged in my mind what mattered most: writing now or writing later, I concluded it mattered more that I wrestle the voice of indiscipline and crank out some words.

I managed to bang these out:

Strange as it is, we all expect (writers and creatives, I mean) that one day we would land the big break. We hope, even though we choose to not admit it to ourselves, that we’ll break even, and sell huge like Wole Soyinka or Stephen King someday. Just someday.

We hope that the life of our dream will come on a platter of gold. It’ll be shoved in our faces like we’d expected, steaming hot and reeking of the best aroma of success we’d always fantasized about. We hate toothfairies and santa claus and those terse details of life that stupefy children. Because we know they’re fakes.

But we fail to see that the life we see before us, the one where we wait for permission, seek first to be applauded or acclaimed, expect to be shoved into the open, or be approved before we start, is just the same as those of the tooth-fairy and santa claus and the terse details children yell about. They’re mere fantasies. An utopian affair that festers in the mind of megalomaniacs.

And fantasies, beautiful as they are, take only thoughts to start up. Getting them into reality, however, takes guts!



And lots of guts.

        What Guts Is

In the movie, Just Wright, Queen Latifah said to the Net basketball player, Scott Mckenzie, “I ain’t got work. Cos work is for rich people (people who don’t like to get dirty). All I have is guts!” (Emphasis mine).

And with that, she pulled through training the injured basketball star, and got contracted to be a Nets basketball Athletic trainer.

She had guts.

Guts, obstinate guts, never-be-let-down-by-a-thousand-hitches guts, pushes work beyond the line and takes it to the enemy front, slams it down and says, “there you are. Let’s get this game on.” Let’s push this limit. The when-one-door-is-closed-kick-down-another-and-step-in kind of guts is what I’m referring to.

      Gut’s Hall of Fame

It took guts for Jack Robinson, the only black in an all-white baseball team, to wade through the tides of racism and insults. But he got the brand 42 to stick in baseball.

It took guts for Thomas Hunter, who later invented gonzo Journalism, to ignore all rejections he’d got from his bosses to be a writer. And he sure became a successful writer.

It took guts for Matthew Reilly to self-publish his first book, Contest, after many rejections. And then got a gazillion copies sold later on.

It took guts for MLK to not stick his mouth where he was expected to but speak up against the ‘patience that had his people patient with what was less than freedom’. And his dream of segregation-free country came to be, right?

It takes guts, lotsa gut, to fight through the wall that stares you in the face and get your writerly dream on the way!

      How To Grow Your Influence

If you want to grow your influence, have guts. Guts. And lots of guts. Guts to try something new. Something different. Daring the status quo and kicking, yes, the trite and common. Fail and decide to try again. Keep kicking at the rocks till they become malleable.

Not saying you should get over-creative as to do what gets people turned off as against turning them on. For example, here is how creativity can kill your business.

Your influence grows as you dare the unexpected, take small steps most are scared of taking. It could be as little as stepping out of bed early. That’s the first step to making a difference.

When you don’t just talk the talk but I’ve walked the talk, people are challenged to follow you. You don’t start out originally to get them to do that. You just wanted to be different.

A million and one times, I’ve told myself I couldn’t do a thing. But by taking just one small step, I find I’m doing what I’d said I couldn’t. And I’ve got thumbed up for it. Few thumbs up actually, but it’s not actually what keeps me going (though writers do need the affirmation). It’s the need to write, write, and create something beautiful that keeps me going.

It’s the need to get my message written, not caring who approves of it, but wishing, somehow, it would impact positively on lives and get them to living their dream.

That’s what influence is all about. Catching on to living your own dream, employing guts to push down boundaries, and encouraging others to do the same.

It takes:

•Kicking the idea of starting tomorrow to start today.
•Getting up early to write everyday.
•Crafting your stories and throwing them out for criticisms and feedbacks.
•Refusing to back out because you got rejected ‘twenty times already’.
•Pitching your writing pieces to possible clients in spite of rejections.
•Ignoring that crap about ‘not knowing journalism’ and crafting the best writings of your life.

It takes a decision to deride what has derided your writerly dream, and sparing nothing till you get past that finish line to shouting VICTORY!

Guts is all about confidence. But gutsier than that, in a way.

Guts is killing the sodding voice in your head, the uncertainty that tangles your decision, and getting your feet out into the game. You become vulnerable, yes. Maybe not strong enough, just yet, to fight back when you’re beaten down.

But you return to the ring. Try again. Fall. Write again. Pitch your work to more clients again. Write. Market to clients. Publish on your blog or other websites or magazines or newspapers. Keep learning. Keep improving.

Fail. Fail. Fail. But keep getting gutsier and gutsier. Kicking holes through boundaries and pushing down limits.

By the dumps, all that takes guts!

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Making A Difference In An Anti-Difference Nation

If making a difference with your work is all that you’re about, kudos to you. The earth needs more people like you.

This post documents my angst against the ethical and moral degradation that has befallen this country’s educational system.

As most know, the 2014 West African Examination Council exam commenced last week. I was privileged to come across something baffling yesterday.

It’s this site.

If you didn’t check it out then it’s all good. But here’s what it contains: answers to every paper on every WAEC examination day.

So, if Computer Studies exam is being written today, a candidate only has to visit the site, input the right password (which is made so visible on the site) and that’s it.

All answers (both for theory and objective questions) appear. It’s that easy to pass exam.

And so foolish to sell the future.

    What’s The Danger Of Malpractice

Nelson Mandela said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

And I think he meant sound education.

If the country is besieged with terrorists and poor thinkers, and the economy continues to drag its feet, while unemployment rate clambers higher, it’s no wonder we found ourselves here.

How did we come to this?

The next question then will be: how did we live yesterday?

What foundations were laid? What things were put right and what were done wrong?

We are where we are today because of yesterday’s actions and inactions. Our forbears inaction and unwillingness to give due attention to resuscitating high standard of education crumbled the life out of our education (and other aspects).

The danger of malpractice can be seen in the poor thinking abilities of citizens, the constant churning out of graduates who do not even appear like they’d ever read a book.

A friend told me about a graduate for whom a banker had to use an interpreter to communicate his message. Because she couldn’t construct a simple sentence.

I know a couple graduates who do not even know what a CV looks like. Let alone be able to prepare it.

And so it clambers.

So I imagine then that if examination malpractice isn’t curbed or duly paid attention to (in this respect, killing this site), it shouldn’t be surprising that in few years time, there would be more terrorists, more robbers, more unemployed graduates who don’t even deserve the job anyway, and more lazy-asses who can’t think creatively.

If examination malpractice can wreck this havoc (and more), what’s your take on fighting it? How do we crush this site (and so many others like it)?

Share your comments below.

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How To Get More Writing Out of The Way Everyday

I should say that I wrote huge this morning, but I didn’t.

I just couldn’t piece the words together.


I had lost my vibe. My writing juice, I mean. Like, I started the morning with no internet subscription. And of course, being overly dependent on reading blogs first before writing, I just had to…read before writing.

A bad thing?

Doubt it is.

That’s my style. And it works for me.

That’s how to make progress writing: recognizing your style, how writing works for you and being a stickler for it.

Of course modifying it when it’s necessary, but making sure whatever modification is made, it suits you and works for you.

It’s all about being yourself – who you really are – and using that to enhance your writerly life.

It’s finding who you are – what works for you – that shapes how you approach the work.

And it defines the amount of progress you make too.

      How Writing Gets Better

I’ve got a couple thoughts on how to make my writing better. But none beats getting up early to write.

It’s waking up to write, getting that out of the way, that prepares me for a ‘writerly’ day all through. I find I’m unprepared and lackadaisical about writing when that method isn’t checked for the day.

That’s my method: read blogs before writing, get up early to write.

It’s not then okay to put off my writing till later in the day. Or to think I’ll get it done before bedtime. I’ll be lying to myself. I’d never do it.

Catching my drift?

Now here’s the gist: Find out what method works for you – how writing comes easy to you – and stick with it.

Use the method again and again till you begin to see the writerly life of your dream start to shape out.

It takes hard-boiled dedication, unflinching persistence, unwavering focus, and dogged tenacity to wade through the dark tides of writing hitches.

This post is short but is intended to emphasize a point: find your writing method – or style – and stick with it.

Now I wrote this morning. Finally got to put the words together. And it cos I stuck with my method.

Stick with yours too.

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Being Yourself Really Means “Be Yourself” (Here’s Why)

So I stumbled on a couple interesting and guts-wrecking blog posts on Chris Ducker’s site yesterday. I got lost in them, consuming so much information that the guy had to offer.

Eventually, I left the site feeling gloomy, bummed, losing touch with my writer’s juice.

Hey, not because Ducker’s site is boring. It hardly is. He gives so much details in his articles, garnishes each piece with a knock-out desire to make you rush to come back, take action quickly (and readily hit the bookmark button) and inundates his work with so much research that ideas will keep smacking at you like rotten eggs.

In short, his blog challenged me.

And that’s what got me gloomy. The fact that *coughs* he’s better than me. (Giz, talk about the complex).

I got sucked in by that ill-feeling that nudges us to want to compare ourselves with another. Eventually, in doing so, what do we get – what did I get? Gloom. Beat-up, knocked-down mood, and a somewhat unwillingness to carry on with fulfilling our calling.

(I thought to myself: I’m just not going to be as good as these guys. Really?)

And so much as questioning your talent. Like I did mine. I asked if I was really cut out for this. I asked if I really could write what people would pay attention to. Or worse, what I would even think to pay attention to.

Now, it bothers on several things but specifically, it runs towards the same old gist: the road that we all have got to ply are individualistic and may not promise the best for us at all times. But it sure isn’t going to be smooth for us just so we can have an easy go on it.

Overtime, we’ve all got to come to terms with this fact: we aren’t all going to be ‘good’. And we aren’t all going to be the same.

But we can get better. And that’s a better goal than striving to be good.

I’m probably not going to achieve, perhaps, the kinda of success Donald Trump has. But the guy isn’t going to be able to start a writing-niche blog tomorrow (I think so). That’s what spells the difference for us. He’s got his uniqueness, I’ve got mine.

Money isn’t the stuff. As Donald Trump quoted, “money is just to keep score.” The real game is success. How we all get to succeed and how willing we are to pull in the long haul to succeed.

    How You Know You’ll Be A Successful Writer

When it’s time to put in the work to begin improving on the writing art (or any other dream for that matter), how do we know we are cut out for this? How do we know when we aim to go the long distance we won’t give up along the way?

If writing is work then we know it’s got to have its hurdles also. And if in an attempt to live your writerly dream you do not come to grips with the fact that life here also does not promise beds filled with lush roses, that’s when you need to reconsider leaving the writer’s life.

Jane Friedman writes about how you’ll know from the onset that you’ll ever succeed as a writer. The following highlights are a result of a brief interaction she had withJeanne Bowerman. Jane knew Bowerman would be successful when she noticed these attitude in the newbie writer:

•Seeking and loving feedback from smart people (NOT defensiveness and protectiveness)

•Loving the writing process and the meaningfulness of what she’s doing (NOT focused on monetary pay off)

•Happy to go to the grave with what she has learned—a direct quote from her (NOT impatient for publication or public

•Taking advantage of every possible growth opportunity (NOT resistant to change)

•Being in control of her own destiny (NOT waiting to be discovered)

In my words now, you know you aren’t cut out for this when:

•You dread (or are too lazy) to improve on the craft
•You hate for your work to be critiqued
•You put up self defense when your work’s critiqued
•You remain rigid and unresponsive to change
•You can’t get over someone else being better than you (you got a big problem here)
•You do things the same way consistently and expect different results (that’s the definition of insanity)

    You’ve Got To Get Over Yourself

We all have got the voice that’s uniquely ours. A message that can best be shared by us. If tried on by someone else, it’ll be like beating a gong in the middle of a large fair. The message gets lost in the noise.

Come to think of it: you started out well to write everyday. You have a couple writing successes under your belt. Maybe not published (like I’ve got loads of unpublished works). But you’ve got enough works to prove to any sane man that you’re a writer.

That’s where it gets interesting.

You’ve got to shuck the thought to think you’re lesser than you are and that some other persons are better (of course, they are). But you’ve got to do what most of them did that got them to where they are:think like a pro.

You see, it’s the same message. Thinking like a pro propels you to start acting like a pro.

For the records, Chris Ducker has had many failures as an entrepreneur. And he’s never ashamed to share them. His YourwebPA site failed after some period of success. He quit his day job and switched to starting his own business in 2009. He’s hit pitfalls, and learned to try again.

On his About page, he writes, “I completely shifted my attitude (something that’s required!) and started reading like a madman. I read every ‘new’ business book I could get my hands on.”

That challenged me more.

That’s the sodding attitude of a pro.

      What I’m Going To Do

So I’m getting off feeling gloomy because some guy’s made it in the business world (and I love him for it). I’m rather taking this off of him: I’ll start to read like a mad man, think like a business owner first and a blogger second, then write, write, and write profusely.

In short, I’ll stick with the ‘get-better’ goal until I see the life of my dream shape out.

Until then, it’s goodbye to comparing myself with anyone. In the words of Richard Ford, “Try to think of others’ good luck as encouragement to yourself.”

What about you? Aren’t you going to get over yourself, be yourself and start living the life of your dream?

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Build A Fullproof Writing Strategy

While I’m a stickler for effective writing, I quite understand that it comes with hard-nosed strategies. (The primary being PRACTICE).

What’s your writing strategy?

Artists can get bored with doing what we love routinely. The boredom spells higher for writers because we deal more with words. And we always need them to change.

If there was a strategy – like there are for many stuffs these days – for combating your writing hitches, wouldn’t you take a jump at it?

A couple pro writers and authors employ interestingly different strategies that work wonders for them.

•John Grisham writes a page each day
•Dan Brown gets up by five each morning to write when he ducked into writing full-time
•Robert Ludlum wrote profusely at different times of the day.
•Mary Higgins Clark wrote from 5am-7am daily, and edited each chapter of her books on first draft.
•Jeff Goins suggests writing at least 500 words each day

What’s your strategy?

For young wanna-bes, it’s best to start at a place that’s small, then build from there. It’s safer to build confidence slowly doing what you love than to burn out quick for care of writing a lot.

And really, all that effective and better writing is about isn’t voluminous writings, but writing frequently.

Want to embrace a fullproof writing strategy? Check out these simple but result-getting steps:

Get up early. Write when the world’s still asleep. It keeps your head out of the buzz and helps you stay focused writing. Plus, it’s a good excuse for writing everyday.

Stay up to brainstorm. It’s beautiful to brainstorm for ideas, if possible, the night before. Highlight your writing plan for the following day. I love to stay up reading blogs, books, anything that keeps me updated about my niche. I love to go to bed knowing I’ve learned something that adds to my wisdom.

Capture ideas during the day. That means you’ll observe as you live. What does the queue at the bank have to teach you? The bald man who couldn’t wait his turn? These ideas often turn out to infuse our works with live and interesting characters.

Keep journals. Record thoughts and words that come to you on the whim. That means you’ll go about with a recording medium to help keep you at par with the craft. Plus, when you’ve got the chance, you could scribble some about the book you’re working on. Writing can be done almost anywhere.

Read blogs. For each post I write, I read at least two blogs. This is intended to get my writing juice up and get the words out fresh and ready.

Decongest. Every hard worker understands the importance of ‘decongesting’. You’ve got learn to rest, take a break, to regain mental strength and capture. It’s just plain implausible to expect that little or no rest will yield a greater output for you.

Outline. Write out the headline for your writing first. Break the body into outlines, if you know them. Then move over to writing a smashing conclusion. Begin to connect the dots from beginning, starting with a few words that hints the theme of the write-up.

And here’s a bonus that helps get your writing kick going.

      Tips on Writing Better

1. Write in bits when you’re less inspired and blocked. Basically, to clear the clog in your head and keep you focused writing.

2. Read like you’ve got a train coming at you. Read a lot, I mean. To widen your scope and give details to your work. Good reading reflects in your writings as much as poor reading does.

2. Document every idea. Every lost idea is a gem lost. Evernote is a solid tool for doing. I use it too. Treasure the idea that slams at you at unexpected moments by writing them down or recording them immediately. That ‘simple’ sentence could be a start for a white paper, a manifesto or even a best-seller book.

3. Every great writing goes through copious rewriting. You should never think of settling on your first draft. The best writers (so to speak) know to cut, and cut and keep cutting till just the best work comes out. Writing may never be finished, but it sure doesn’t have to bore when read.

4. You need a merciless cutter. Get an editor. I suggest a peer editor, for a start. Someone who becomes your reader and tells you the truth however hard(your spouse, maybe). You’ve got to be told your work sucks to realise you’re truly cut out for this. Permit your works to be critiqued and enjoy doing so.

5. Stick to writing everyday. All great feats come with consistent practice. And writing everyday does the same. It gets you more acquainted with the craft and grants quick mastery. Remember the good ol’ rule: You get better only on the job!

6. Live. Really, live. This is about the most essential as every great writing buries itself in the experience of the writer. People want to read about a life that’s been lived. Not an opinion that’s not tested. And to write effectively, get the experience. The experience comes from living. Go ahead and fail, and see what lesson it teaches you, and how it could help your audience. Hike. Visit the zoo. Take the family out. Eat out and see how annoying some folks could be in a restaurant. Recapture your life through living and experiences.

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The Real Attitude of Pro Writers

We aren’t all probably going to achieve our dreams. Not all will eventually create things that will outlast them. Most probably won’t even get past dreaming to waking up to do it.

Not all will become the person they want to be.

        It’s Not A Rant…

It’s not a rant about the mystery of failure. Or tripe about excuses. It’s about something that’s much more than thinking about making arts or creating a beautiful life. It’s about reaching beyond the spurts of inspiration to get the writing going. Crashing limits. Shucking excuses. Persistently cranking out words on the page.

It’s about perseverance.

And that’s what distinguishes the hobbyists from the real writers.

      Where The Seam Grows

The hobbyist sees the work of writing differently than the real writers do. They fail to learn that it’s the diligence to stick through with the task at hand, pushing boundaries of fear and laziness, that beats their path into their ‘fantasyland’. He’s impervious to the rules of the game.

The hypes and fames and accolades that the hobbyist wants blind him so much he fails to realise they are roadblocks intended to sabotage the whim to write effectively.

And really, hobbyists aren’t out to write effectively. They intend to write when they like, craft the work when it feels good to, and never pay attention to criticism. It sucks, for them, to do so.

And worst still, the drawer is just the best place to shove their crappy work. Shipping is not an option. A little criticism stifles his work, and dismembers his zeal to continue on with writing.

If writing is work, and done occasionally, you’re an hobbyist. Click to Tweet

    But The Real Writer Is Different

He perseveres. He writes everyday and practices deliberately. The somewhat gargantuan obstacle of fear and laziness are a mere walk-through for him.

Not that he doesn’t bleed or sweat in the process. Or that he isn’t occasionally stopped by boundaries of harsh criticism or undermined arts. But he’s learned to knock himself out. Take the bumps and crush them into dust. He’s learned that writing isn’t just a hobby. It’s his life work. A commitment to which he must be dedicated to.

He shows up daily to see the work get better. He fails, tries again. He isn’t perfect. No. Often, he’s not a ‘pro’. But a die-hard rock-determined beat-up-and-yet-rugged-still fellow with eagle-strength resilience to bring the art to finish.

He grows through feedback, improves through criticism, and appreciates the kindest word of gratitude. And has got craze for editing and rewriting because he understands every first draft is a total bore.

He knows writing is work. And just like every other task, he knows making it effortless takes practice.

      You Get To Decide

Are you a hobbyist or a real writer? A pro in the mind (translating to action) or a sucker just waiting for some ‘big break’ without doing the work?

When we’re tested (and writing does test), pushed to the floor, (bashed in the head by jaded thoughts), and we still continue to show up, that’s when effortless and effective writing spring forth. It’s at this point that we’ve gone past writing junks to connecting first with ourselves then with our audience, using that message that’s typically ours.

There’s that quality that sets the hobbyist apart from the real writer.

The difference is just perseverance, sticking through – refusing to yield to the Resistance. Loving the grind and burying our head in the beehive. Getting stung, no doubt, but knowing there’s so much honey to pick.

We grub shit, take all the insults, accept the faults when we mess up. We do all these because this is just more than a hobby. It’s answering a calling – a higher calling actually.

And in each hurdle, reflecting, thanking God for this talent which we aren’t allowing to lie dormant. But growing it through practice, practice, and practice.

And practice – bleeding, sweating practice that achieves results – takes perseverance.

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Time To Battle This Demon

Don’t get all scared up. The title is not referring to some fiendish foe with fiery red eyes and wicked dark looks.

When the battle ground is set, it’s time to start the war.

Grab your sword, your helmet, the breastplate is important too.

Writers are warriors. Writers do fight.

But we fight a fiercer battle daily – battle distinctive of who we are.

We battle with ourselves.

Really, come to agree with this: you’re not alone in the battle against finding true arts. Creating true arts is often the result of winning the war that constantly rages everyday.

And unfortunately, it’s an ongoing war, demanding whim and will, fortitude and utmost resilience and determination to stick it through.

        What’s The War

It’s war with ourselves. War with waiting for permission. War against the fear of the writing craft, beautifully doling to the world the fragrance of gift.

The battle to gain grounds as to establish a brutal yet safe glide in living the artistic life we’re called to, continues on. And here’s where the victory starts: the mind.

Not saying the work to achieve victory is done with the mind. But that a change of mindset, a renewal of the way we think as to banish negative thoughts is what unleashes the strength to work progressively on the writing art.

      Who Writers Really Are

Writers do not write for accolades. Though it comes eventually. Real writers never set out to be heard or read first. All that writing is for them, first and importantly, is simply….writing.

It’s in understanding that as ‘real’ writers we couldn’t not write (regardless of whatever) that we find the true essence of the craft.

Often, I’ve grown apprehensive about writing. I’d wagered a high-quality post will be read and commented on by lotsa people.


I went weeks without a single comment. And my stat did show a rather poor result.

Think I deserve to be frustrated? Maybe.

But here is the gist: I recall often that I didn’t set out on permission from anyone. I stopped waiting to be picked and chose to stick with this craft. It’s not the pay (cool as it is, sincerely) or the hypes (wow!) that keeps me going.

It’s not those hypes that keep real writers going.

It’s the need to live out a calling, without which we can’t be fulfilled. Real writers are a people wrecked and willing to write in the void. Making money writing isn’t the end in itself, it is truly living the writers life, writing constantly and persistently, that makes all the difference.

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What To Do When Writing Stops Being Fun

Writing isn’t fun.

Did I just startle you?

Okay, I’ll rephrase. Writing stops being fun when you stop having fun doing it.

Ah, that’s better written (I guess).

A writer is like a musician (both are artists anyway). He gets inspiration, occasionally (or often) on the spur of the moment. And if he’s a committed writer (as I hope you are), he’s bound to understand this maxim to be true: All works do cost.

And writing is work.

So then, how does what cost become fun? How do you learn to approach your art and have fun doing it?

      Get Into the process

Ever heard of learning on the job? It’s the same way to go with writing effectively too.

How do you know it’s fun (or not) if you don’t attempt it?

As a kid, you never know how the roller coaster thrills until you get in it. You watch the other kids swirl around in that big thing and when they come down, they yap about how they saw stars and almost touched heaven. Like, nuts! You almost want to crack mummy’s feet that she never took you up there.

It’s the same with the stuffs that are before us. We never get to know what to expect until we step in the game. We don’t know what sucks till we take that step of faith. It’s a couple tweaks here, and few stumbles there, that bring us to know.

It’s getting into the process that gives us the clue to what’s to expect.

So what are you waiting for? Get in the process.


You’re scared. You’re unsure where the road ends. More so, you’re too scared to even ply this road because you’ve heard “you going to be so broke writing.”

Here’s a bit from Carol Tice’s story: Being a college drop-out was totally uncool. Then thinking of starting a freelance writing agency was, well, a crazy dream. Who’d want to listen to a college drop-out? And when she launched Make A Living Writing in the year 2008, it didn’t promise much…back then. But now? Check her out for the rest.

Here’s the drift I’m hoping you’ll get, when we attempt something greater than ourselves, we find we’re pushing the boundaries and there never was a limit except ones we created in our minds.

So get past yourself and push doubts, fear, uncertainty, whatever adjective qualifies that demon, out of the way.

You’ll never know what you’re capable of (or what fun is there to have) if you do not step out. It’s time you quit waiting for permission.

I’m a believer in this nugget. Because I quit on job-hunting and ‘dumbly’ opted for writing – full-time. Silly ol’ me, right?

Well, I couldn’t be having fun doing anything better. And more fulfilling.

Take this point home: Have fun writing small first….then take a dive in.

When you have conquered your fear and apprehension about starting this process of writing, it’s time you moved on to…

      Enjoy the process

It’s never was a destination. (Sorry I didn’t write it up earlier). No, it’s not. That’s why it’s called a process. And on the way to creating beautiful arts that will outlast you and most definitely make an impact on your audience (and the world), you’re going to pick up myriad stuffs you never thought to.

You’re going to be stabbed by critics. Some days (or even months) will be inundated by few or no comments on your ‘quality’ posts.

The book deal may not come soon.

The accolades and hypes and blah blahs may seem far-fetched.

The first client might just turn down your work.

Rejection slips might climb higher.

Realise that you signed up for this. And all that brought you to this (and which must keep you going) is, well, passion. Look on that quality and let it drive you on to continue.

If you thought getting into the game meant the rules will bend for you, em, sorry, but you thought wrong.

This is for real. Writing is 100% work as much as any other work. Regardless of what you’re faced with, it gets better as you continue to love the grind and stay on it.

Just have fun writing. And enjoy the process. Progress comes sooner than you expect. Just when you’re torn and unwilling to continue, realise you signed up for this, and if your dream is worth the fight, let the demon have it. Then as a reminder, know there’s going to be that victory you long for. And it’ll certainly come in bouts too.

Just. Keep. Loving. The Process.

Then look at yourself at the end of the year. Here’s what you’ll see: you’re a better, more effective writer (and a better you) than you were last year.

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Hack Into Greater Writing Using These Ten Tips (Plus An Extra)

I’ll cut to the chase to share these wonderful nuggets on how to hack into a greater writing life. They’ll help you kick off on writing better. I use a couple of them (all, actually) and they always work for me. I left out personal examples to give you a quick read. Really want you to get them so they are briefly explained.


1. Develop a different perspective towards failure. Let it push you forward. Let it urge you to make more life-changing decisions. Think on your errors as being an opportunity to discover what doesn’t work and move on. Truth is, we can be incapacitated by failure, just like fear does, or we can create better arts as a result. It all boils down to the choice we make.

2. Get feedback. On your life. On your work. It’s deliberate practice and deliberate living that gives your art the shift you expect. And deliberate practice pushes upon you the need to always require feedback. How do you measure your progress? By your own judgment? Does the idea of creative (and merciless) critiquing resonate with you? It has got to or you’ll be pushing the wrong buttons to achieving greatness in your art and life.

3. Learn hard-boiled focus. In a noisy world, where the proliferation of internet information and social media offer so many distractions, what’s left to do is to learn early to develop a hard-boiled focus. Hard-boiled meaning you’ll deliberately work on turning distractions off and focus on what matters. Slaughter the time spent on twitter, mailbox, facebook, websites, and even your blog. And focus on doing what pays and transforms your life.

4. Focus on the real thing. While it’s cool to focus, it’s wonderful to focus on the ‘why‘ of your art. Why did you choose to be a writer? To freelance? To make books? To unleash the hurts bottled up inside you and whatever life hurls at you? To share your message with your tribe? If it’s about freelancing, for example, then focus on writing and pitching to clients. Get that goal out of the way and be glad for a work done. If you do not know the ‘why’ of your writing, you’ll skulk when grievously tried.

5. Stop being afraid. And start creating the arts you’ve always wanted to. It’s a decision you’ll have to make to walk through the slew of fear and do what has to be done. Stick to doing the work and turn off the voice in your head that says you suck at this, or that this won’t work. It said it before, and still you created a couple arts. You can do more, just ignore that foe.

6. Write everyday. In seeking to gain mastery, you cannot afford to do occasionally what you aim will draw you closer to the life of your dream. If writing, for you, is a lot of tiring work, then you’ve got to ask what you’re doing here at all. But if not, learn this basic truth: Writing everyday isn’t really about writing a lot, but about writing often. Like Jeff puts it, “The idea is repetition — developing a discipline of showing up, making this a priority, and working through The Resistance.” If writing isn’t a hobby, then employ the discipline of writing daily to harness the benefits of the craft.

7. Build Your Tribe. A tribe is the audience that pays attention to your kind of message. If you’ve found your niche (and know it) then you can start to share your message. As you remain faithful to your passion, showing up as often as you’ve promised (and delivering on other promises), your audience starts to trust you and soon, begins to listen to you. It takes, among other things, solving a problem and yet showing your scars to build a committed tribe.

8. Keep updating. Everything we know has an expiration date. And if you fail to discourage the voice that says to wait for permission, it does these to your art: crumbles it, makes it shallow as you keep sharing what’s outdated, you lose permission from your audience, and…you find you’re writing dung. Much as you’ve got to stay focused, keep updating yourself. Voracious reading eventually tells on your works. It’s so easy to tell when a writer hasn’t done his homework. He sucks, and his works bore.

9. Be a giver. Live to give. Be more generous. Meet a stranger. Tell your story with utmost sincerity. Eric Barker said, “Then I looked at the other end of the spectrum and said if Givers are at the bottom, who’s at the top? Actually, I was really surprised to discover, it’s the Givers again. The people who consistently are looking for ways to help others are over-represented not only at the bottom, but also at the top of most success metrics.”

10. Be generous but do not be a martyr. Know when it’s time to hold out much and when to throw products out for sale, or your income will be sorry. Also, if you’ve been committed to your audience (as they’ve been to you), it behooves you to ask what they need, or just for a start, throw out something small and see if it catches their fancy as to pay for it. If it does, build on the product and throw it out bigger this time. But regardless, stick with being generous without shooting yourself.

        THE EXTRA

Keep Creating. You don’t stop being a creative because a reader said your work sucks. Or because you feel your work’s never good enough. You’re a creative because you’re totally in love with what you do: creating. So don’t give up at the silliest slight from critics or failure or not-good-enough-feeling. Keep creating and keep shipping. It’s the trick to getting better and being heard. Wanting the ‘big break’ sounds good. But that takes practice and hard-boiled focus. So, keep creating.

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How Living Outside The Box Will Help You Write For Real

This year, one of my goals is to write for pay.

Wham! There. I just told you.

And if you’re a writer and you’re yet to take your writing beyond practice, you’re sitting ducks.

What’d you plan for when you started out writing?

•To get your message heard.
•To find your tribe.
•To write for money.
•To get accolades (mind you, real writers don’t write for this).
•To increase your income.
•To attract a publisher’s attention.

These won’t happen, not unless you’ve quit writing for practice. Practice, especially ‘assauge-the-conscience’ practice, while it helps you get better at writing, stifles your ability to write for real.

        Writing for real

Here’s what writing for real really means:

•It means you’re getting your works outside the box and shipping
•It means you’ll been practicing with a deadline
•It means you’ll begin building your portfolio asap
•It means you’ll start writing for passion, and not really for results
•It means you’ll start pitching your pieces, and quit wishing clients will find you
•It means you’ll begin seriously to build a solid platform
•It means you’ll take guest-posting seriously
•It means you’ll start somewhere small to write the book you’ve always said you would
•It means you’ll start building relationships with people in your network
•It means you’ll stop waiting to be heard and step out to work
•It means you’ll quit screwing around and follow these tips

      How to land a book deal

Writing is all about showing up, I know. But it’s more about the message you’ve got, the audience who’s interested in the message, and how to get it to them. If these processes aren’t followed in their order, what makes you think you’ll join the ‘pros’ soon?Duh!

Shipping is what gets your work to the audience. It’s the same thing that gets the audience to come to you. (Tweet)

We all want the big break (like, I envisage it too). But here is the truth: it’s passion for the craft that spills into ‘big break’. It’s best, while the testing day stays off, that we begin taking seriously the art we’ve decided to embrace.

Art is work. It can be effortless. And so promising.

In lieu of being disillusioned and frustrated, stop practicing. Write what you know and share it. That’s all there is to get you started with making the life you’ve always wanted as a writer.

And that’s how you get the book deal. More still:
•That’s how you meet the clients
•That’s how you write for pay
•That’s how you build relationships
•That’s how you create network

When you’re found to be out there, doing your thing and building on it. Making your own mistakes, no doubt. But getting back up and demanding more feedbacks that get you on your butts and improved to get better at the craft, and capturing a wider audience’s attention, you’re getting close.

Getting better at writing is good. Writing effortlessly is better.

But sharing your works stand out the best.

      Fail…Then Succeed

Writers who are afraid of failure just do not know the truth already: you’re failing by not letting your message get across to the audience who needs it.

It’s what you make of the hitches, how you handle the steps, and learn to skip through mistakes, that fetch you your life dream.

Here’s the basic truth: I suck at marketing my blog. But I do it anyway. I’d rather spend more time writing, but I know I’m just going to have two readers on my blog soon (my spouse and I. My dog, maybe) if I do not market. If my writing, then, isn’t for practice, I’ve got to think of shipping – marketing my works – as the next work.

And you have to too.

        A Reminder

Stop practicing. Write deliberately.
Write what you know and share it.
Get feedbacks and build up through them. Do the work to get the thrills you want from writing.

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Why Finding Your ‘Why’ Impacts Your Writing

I initially titled this post: Why I Didn’t Write Tonight.

I brought out my phone tonight, ready to read through few blog posts before cranking out my words for the daily 500-words goal. I was on the twelfth (or so) post and hadn’t written a thing.

I hadn’t been struck by an ‘idea’ for a post.

That I always waited for (usually, when I’m not writing deliberately). And it never fails to come after I’d read two posts (max).

I concluded tonight that I wasn’t going to write.

But it wasn’t leaving me easily. Something was up. I just had to write. But I felt bummed, and too tired to even brainstorm.

So I penned this:

We’ve all got passion for something, right? That tiny whinny thing that tugs at our heart each time we attempt something we love (it could be grubbing candies or playing video games). Regardless, passion is what sets us off when folks try to take us away from what we’re doing, that we love. It is actually stronger than what we use it for.

Passion can be used to build arts that last.

      What I Did Tonight

I tried to find my voice tonight, and got lost in the middle of too many activities. But as I stopped to read a couple blog posts of others, I found I was asking myself: What happens for real on days when you feel like this? Are you really going to write or ditch it? And if this lasts for more than two days, what would you do? Not write?

One thing I knew I couldn’t do. I couldn’t not write.

So the answer came:

      Why do you write?

Writers have got to ask that question if they hope to create arts that will last, and be effective. If you aim to always filter the voice of doubt, and shake out unbelief about the writing craft, then you’ve got to return to the drawing board.

You’ve got to find your ‘why’.

It’s for this reason that most writers take on an idea tried by another and it doesn’t work for them. It’s for the same reason some writers quit blogging and then quit writing altogether. They never had their ‘why’ defined. So, they couldn’t wade through the tide.

Here’s what gives:

To build a beautiful writing experience that will, perhaps, fetch you the fulfillment and luxuries (smile) you desire, you’ve got to discover your ‘why’. And your ‘why’ will most definitely help you locate your passion.

Where do you begin?

Begin by asking these questions:

Why am I doing this? If you’re doing this for the wrong reason (for accolades, awards, recognition, fame, etc), it’s no wonder you aren’t writing for real you’ll always get the wrong results (apprehension, disillusionment, uneasiness, uncertainty, etc).
Who are my audience? They’ve got to be your tribe, people who know your message and can relate with it.
How does my message benefit them? You must ask yourself what problem your message solves. This will determine the kind of tribe you’ll build; the people who will listen to you.
What do they care about? People have got issues, and they want someone who cares about them enough to share (at least) with. If you prove you’re worthy of their trust, they just might give you the attention you need.
How do I create what they care about and still retain my voice, message and focus? This is where your strategy for building your message comes in. But in doing this, it’s reminder that you do not deviate from what brought them to you: your message.

You’ve got to remain unshifted in pursuing the life that leads you to committing to a worthy task. And while you’ll have hitches, a discovery of purpose and defining your passion will keep you on track. So you don’t miss a couple readers that skip your email list. Of course you find out what went wrong, but you don’t stop your cause at that door.

You let your passion push you on. Writers, and all creatives, can begin to live a worthy life, writing for real, if they’ll start here: finding their ‘why’ and locating passion for the craft.

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Are You Giving Hope?

Writers, and creatives alike, have got a great purpose to fulfill.

They’ve got to give hope.

Hope can be found in unlikely places. As in the slum and marginalised communities of poor nations. Or the depressed soul seeking answers to life’s troubling questions.

We’ve got the responsibility to share our stories, let them tell themselves and teach hope to the audience.

“Writers have got to learn the strength of the pen. The weakest pen can, in a big way, douse the fire of depression. Or calm the rage of war. It can do more than this.”

Writing, serious writing, can give hope.

    Locating Hope In Our Purpose

Occasionally, we feel so bummed we can’t seem to crank out the right words on the screen. But as we turn the pages of life over, putting into consideration the message that must be heard, how much our audience (and the world) deserve to hear the message, we draw from the well of purpose for which we started to create the art in the first place.

And the purpose, if built around solving problems sincerely, soon permits the lines to start to spill out. Not in the pace that we expect them to, most times. But gently, gradually, the feeling of compassion, borne by true purpose, gives strength to our mind. Then hope begins to spill on the page. Why?

Because, from the start, the ‘why’ of the art had been defined. It wasn’t built upon the need to exploit – a method which soon dies sooner in the wake of challenges. But it’s from answering the call to meet a need; to give hope.

And hope is what our message should be about. That’s what gets the audience to listen. That’s what stills the rage of the Resistance, break through the voice of fear and preach peace to the hopeless.

    The Best Work Ever: One That Cost You Something

The best work is one that cost you something.

A story should answer a need, not create more problems. It should solve more of life’s numerous challenges. Not create more.

Writers should slay the dragon of doubts. They should want to put off the slew of confusion that deluges the world. The pen, though not strong, bears in its belly the ink of hope. Each dot should spell out the reason why the each person came to be. It should bother itself with linking a man’s life with his purpose. That’s where hope lies.

Regardless of the ills that stalk our lives, we still yearn for the unseen future. And while it remains unseen, hope gives us a glimpse of what it may look like. It’s that which produces the will to carry through when all seems against us.

And if writers, servants as we are, stick to doing our jobs, we find the hope message spreads across faster than we thought.

      Drawing The Line

Hope can be found in the poorest places, in unlikely towns. It can be found in a smile. But it still must be told.

When you give hope, hope spreads through the one means you think irrelevant, then to many others.

Perhaps you’re excited and would like to take a step. Start here:

1. Refer to finding your ‘why’. Why did you ever choose writing? To get your message heard or exploit (mind you, this frustrates faster than you think)? Get clear on your purpose. If it was ever to joke, the craft sure leaves no room for that. In discovering your ‘why’, it drives your work and tells you what message to share, even in blocked times.

2. Take action. Start today to live purposefully. You talked about making a living writing and teaching others to do so. It’s quite late to start if you push till tomorrow. Each moment lived purposefully spells hope for another. Once started, hope spreads.

3. Resolve to give your best. Stay true to what you say you’re sold out for. Tell your stories exactly the way they are, clearly, without exaggeration (as some do). Challenge yourself to give more than you’re giving now. It’s like someone said, “When we love, we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.”

4. Answer your call. Write and keep writing. Don’t stop on it and don’t quit. Keep shipping. Take the road that leads you to becoming all you planned on being. The creative knows it’s continually showing up that forms into building more beautiful arts. Learn all you can, keep seeking feedbacks, and never stop giving hope.

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Why Perfectionists Bore…And Perfection Offends

There’re three reasons why they bore.


They just can’t get away from it. It’s who they are (because they’ve chosen to be stuck with it). And as much as they want to get something out, it comes to them to infuse a little bit of perfection. Then when the time’s gone, they shove the work and move to another. ‘It can only get better as you try’, that’s the lie they grub.


Simple and short. They’ve chosen a better way to be who they are: bores. And what better way than to glaze around, hovering over nothing? It’s either in their blood or they learned it as a perfect ruse to steer clear of work. Or they’re just not go-getters who would rather poke fun at other’s imperfection. Perfectionists are perfect layabouts stumbling over all, and yet getting nowhere. Perfectionists, the negative ones, rarely create.


…So they make excuse for remaining somewhere. There’s got to be something that’s holding them down. There’s got to be a good reason for staying back. It’s the ‘writing that isn’t perfect’ yet, it’s the novel research that’s still underway, it’s just has to be ‘perrrfect’ before they step out.

And in the end, they become the dogs that bark when others have gone ahead. They become the Grammar Police who watch out for the slightest error in your work: typos, misspelled words, double negatives, etc.

If they’re going nowhere, then you who’s got somewhere in mind had better steer clear of them or better still, ignore them.

But don’t be them.

How do perfectionists bore? Leave your comments below.

Yusuff Busayo is a Writer, Blogger,
Enterpreneur, and Speaker who’s got
unflinching love for books and book-making.
Here, I blog about Writing, Creativity, and
Making Impact.

Broken Perfectionism

What’s worth writing is worth writing well. And if you’ve got the chance to write it once, how would you write it? How do you make your words count?

I’m constantly scared of doting over my works so I don’t become a perfectionist. (They rarely are impressed and almost never get anything done). Yet I strongly desire to be a voice that’s heard and accepted. I don’t stop writing (just like you shouldn’t) but I don’t bother myself much with policing my grammar. I live that to the grammar police. They’ve got all the time in the world. I don’t.

And you shouldn’t too.

If you’ve got only once chance to write what’s worth it, give it your best, but don’t dote. I’ll write that again: DON’T DOTE. Just get the words out the way you’ve learned and let the police bother with it.

But the other side of it is this, you’ve got to stick to doing your home work.

Some contents are bypassed because they’ve only got big titles but shallow bodies. If you’re going to make the mark at all, do your home work. Create a niche for yourself by gaining more expertise and experience in your field.

And this goes without saying that you major in a niche if you’re just starting out as a freelancer. You’ll know when its time to move on to something else or more when the time is right.

So make your words count not once, but every time, by giving your best, while not doting over perfection. Just be yourself.

And stick with the ultimate cliche: Write what you know.

Do this and let me know what you got by leaving your comments below.


Yusuff Busayo is a Writer, Blogger,
Enterpreneur, and Speaker who’s got
unflinching love for books and book-making.
Here, I blog about Writing, Creativity, and
Making Impact.

3 Delicious Ways To Rule Through Creativity – Plus A Bonus

So you’re a creative.

And it bores you to know that you’re being left out or that your voice isn’t heard. You feel you’re being shoved behind the pack while the ‘pros’ continue to lead.

In spite of your creativity, your ability to weave beautiful stories with words, you aren’t ruling.

Ruling, in this sense, implies that you aren’t getting enough from being creative.

    •Enough accolades/hypes.
    •Enough gigs/readership.
    •Enough comments and compliments.
    •Enough of everything that makes you feel enough.

Take these three suggestions for help:


It’s assuming you don’t have one. A platform is the ‘pedestal’ to put you up and above for people to see you and what you do. How can people find you and know what you do as to call for you or hire you? Do you have a writer’s website? If you hang in the shadows and expect your creativity to be appreciated, it’s your fault that it isn’t. In starting a platform, I suggest a blog. It’s a grand avenue to network, brand, and sell your creativity.

If your creativity doesn’t have a platform, then it’s no wonder why you aren’t ruling.

Art meddles with everything in life and is interesting and beautiful because it demands creativity.

And that’s what you’ve got: a creative mind.

It shouldn’t be shelved. Start building your platform today.

N.B: Truth is: you can sell virtually anything on net these days. Here’s a good help.


If you do have a platform but nothing’s working, consider tuning it up. Have you considered a new design? Good designs attract readers. And keep the design simple, or you’ll simply scare more readers away than you know it. On this blog, I use the Suit theme. It’s a free theme, and I love it for its simplicity. Additionally, try to keep your posts clear and short, using a straight-to-the-point approach. As a poet, I’m often tempted to write my works in such a way that they’ll be overly laced with poetry so readers will barely get the point. I changed when I realized the implication.


There’re a million and one writers/bloggers/musicians/painters/etc out there, how do you intend to stand out to be heard? If you plan on starting a blog on writing, perhaps you’ll write your headlines and points backwards as in these examples:

    •How to never make it as a blogger.
    •How to bore your audience.
    •Why you must stop writing well.
    •Reasons why you’ll continue to fail at writing.
    •How to never finish the book you started.

Dumb examples, but they’ll incite curiosity in your audience. And you’ll simply be known for telling the truth backwards. Plus if you deliver well on quality contents, you’ve just kicked the jack off the pot.

Find out how you’ll be different, research on it and become an expert there. If you’ve got the answers in a specific field, audience will keel over to have you attend to them. And that’s better, isn’t it? That’s ruling.


If you often write in a rough voice and it has garnered lots of traffic, don’t vary it. That’s what ruling is all about. If your books are known to be barraged with call-to-actions, don’t slow down on it. Keep ruling there too. Soon as the emails start pouring from readers about how your works are inspiring them, focus on the writing ‘tempo’ that brought that about and don’t hush on it. Point is: People will expect you to be you. And the moment you stop being that way, you stop ruling. And they start checking out.

How do you rule through creativity? Share your comments below.

How To Stand Out…And Stay Out!

Weird! Nerd! Jerk! Those are often the words that come to mind when a person is simply…different.

He’s a glitch that must be taken away, a stain that’s indelible. He does differently what all does forward. He dares. He thrives when others falter. He shows up when it’s just right to be away. He scraps few hours off his sleep schedule just to work, work…and get the job done! He’s weird. He’s simply different.

He’s standing out.

And that takes effort.

The practice of doing what you love to do when you feel like doing it is simply plugging into a world of disappointments. No one gets far that does his work occasionally. And you don’t achieve a different result doing what you do the same old way that often produced poor results.

As I write this post, I’m mindful of the periods when I’d had to mismanage opportunities, never doing enough when I had all the time in the world. Times when writing projects were delayed and deadlines were missed. I frown at those times often.

And hold strongly to each moment now.

We live with the regrets or blessings of the choices of yesterday. (Tweet that)

And tomorrow cries for testimonies of great achievement from today. Yet they will never come if the price of standing out isn’t paid.

The line between the genius and the ordinary is the ‘extra’ the former attaches to his work. He does more than talk more. And I’ve learned overtime that talks are cheap.

The discipline of writing is simply sitting down to write. The discipline of getting anything done is getting down to do it.

    The principle of successful people is showing up when others don’t.

And really, successfully people are weird people, doing weird things and achieving, of course, extraordinary results.

The Secret of Standing Out…And Staying Out!

The status quo hates to be betrayed. But it feels good to leave it behind. Standing out and staying out takes effort. But should you choose to do more, to leave the status quo, you’ll be thrilled by the outcome. How then do you stand out?

Do what others won’t do. Or would do occasionally. What differentiates your result from everyone else’s is the extra that goes into your work. The extra inspection, the extra re-writing, the extra research, extra detail, and so on. Having tried this, you can also practice…

Showing up more often than you use to. All that writing is about is simply showing up. You appear by 5am everyday as planned, and you scribble. Days when you’re bereft of ideas and inspiration, you stay there and freewrite still. It’s the same with every other task. You’re respecting the craft and building discipline by sticking to your writing time. And you should also start…

Writing more instead of talking about writing. A 500-word-a-day strategy consistently implemented is better than a plan to write 20, 000 words ‘next month’.

And the weirder you become, the more successes you achieve. No limit is placed on a man that he isn’t privy to and he readily accepts. Almost all that limits each one starts from within, and when that ultimate battle is won, we can rest assured that limitations are but a stepping stone to great achievements.

And standing out truly makes the difference!

What plan do you employ in standing out? Share your comment below.

Yusuff Busayo is a Writer, Blogger,
Enterpreneur, and Speaker who’s got
unflinching love for books and book-making.
Here, I blog about Writing, Creativity, and
Making Impact.

The Art of Writing Deliberately

In the words of a true writer….

….Have fun writing

    …then take a dive.

This post enjoins young writers to start living their dream of writing and making books already. There will never be a better time to start creating. And tomorrow isn’t just going to be ‘better’ if today’s wasted on waiting for permission.

The digital age coupled with the myriad opportunities for marketing and research offered by the internet permit more rooms for great authors to mount the platform.

And just in the same way, you stand the chance.

The chance to let your message be heard. To let your emotions, thoughts, and expertise be webbed into your writings and write hope to a hungry world.

Regardless of the number of writers, you’re still needed. And your tribe needs you more.

In a world where all seems unstable, and hope seems frail, more impact-makers, who may not necessarily leave the shores of his country, but can travel far through their message, are just too needed.

“Our world has learned so much cries of war it cannot believe the possibility of peace.” (Tweet that)

And peace can be preached, heralded and carefully promulgated around the globe, by you.

      You’re a writer!

Start today to live that dream. And quit worrying about that fear. Every writer, great or small, pro or not, has got their own fears. And the basic fear of all writers, which pros skillfully combat early in their writing career, is the fear of actually writing.

It won’t eat you to write.

I blamed my inability to complete novel projects on external circumstances without considering the truth that really faced me: I was my own problem. I hadn’t started taking writing seriously.

And so I skipped making excuses. I did the work. Because I discovered I had to stopping waiting for permission.

And you’ve got to start writing seriously too.


But I’ve also found what works when you’re just starting out: Have a regular writing time. A time when you report to your writing desk, whether you’ve got something to write or not.

Then sit at that desk and crank out words. Get them out even when they don’t form. Practice freewriting as often as possible.

The art of freewriting helps free your thoughts and teaches you to be independent of inspiration.

Do you think you’re totally blocked? Freewrite.

No matter what you do, respect the craft and write!

The voice of hope is often shrouded not in the best of spoken words, which is said now and forgotten soon, but in the pages of books. Words can be forgotten but books don’t ever die. They live on.

And if they preach hope and tell how to harness it, then books will do good to salvage the crumbling society.


Touch a life, inspire a heart, give hope. ‘How,’ you ask?

By getting down to creating the art you love.

Write as if your life depends on it.

Because of a truth, it does!

But if you think it doesn’t, why not leave me your comments below.

Hi. I’m Yusuff Busayo, a Writer, Book-craze, Speaker (among other stuffs). I inspire people to Write, Create and Make Impact. Check out my about page for details about this blog. Or connect with me on Facebook, Twitter, Google+

A Different Perspective On Failure – Failing Forward

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What threats do our failures make?

Our failures do not defeat us. They do not get us down and make us stay down unless we give them the permission to.

We’re our enemies. Or we could be our best friend.

The lie that often skips to our mind when we fail while creating, or we’re let down either by a friend, an acquaintance, or a situation, is to think why it had to happen to us. Why the situation chose us.

But why not us?

It’s interesting, but nothing works that’s not tested and fired up to find its strength.

And no artist can truly create without passing through the test of rejection.

    Our Best Comes When We Try…And Try Again

I sat to write this because I’ve lost so much. When a writer loses what he calls ‘his best works’ to a trite mistake, he refers to it as losing so much.

While I’m vexed enough to think I hadn’t taken proper precaution to secure the works, I’m quick to also remind myself of the danger of rigidity – I’m forced to ask myself, ‘what’s the lesson to learn?’

What’s the test of your strength? How do you ever know you’re called to create? And where did you get the idea that being a creative exempts you from hitting the rocks occasionally?

We, creatives and artists, will be sitting ducks should we believe the falsehood that a couple hitches wouldn’t plague us while we do the craft we love.

In times when we’re pushed to the wall however, when situations, critics, circumstances ask us to give the reason why we’re sold out to creating, we must be ready to give answers.

Either in words, or in actions, or in reactions.

And often, when we’re barraged by so much external forces that seem to want to choke our strength away, we’re expected to stay.

And try again.

    All That Failure Isn’t

Failure isn’t a foe to be despised. Nor is it a friend to be accommodated.

What it entails to create a product, a blog, a service, that gets the market and the audience to beat their path to our ‘doorstep’ is the same it entails to hang in there: refusing to wait for permission.

When all seem against us, the need to separate the most important from the unimportant stands clear. The most important being that no one will apologise to you for whatever is slapping you around.

No one will give you the permission you require. You’ve got to take it. [Tweet that]

In a world of easy connection and making friends quick, it behooves you, the creative, to best yourself, disbelieving the idea to expect that anyone will grant you the audience you need. Of course some do, only when they trust you.

Still, you’ve got to earn it. You’ve got to give yourself the permission to be yourself.

Failure isn’t final when you’ve got the right handle on it. And permission won’t come when you suck and hope that you’ll be apologised to and then be given platform.

You’ve got to:

Make the most of failures. Think what lesson they’ll teach you. Losing some of new my works taught me to have a good rein on securing my works properly. Plus, it spurred me to write more and better.

Share your hurts with your tribe. It could so hurt to bear the burden of a lost book deal alone. Make the best of it by sharing with your tribe or someone you trust to understand. It unburdens you, and you’re sure to feel relieved afterward. It’s the cliched ‘a problem shared is half solved’, and blah blah.

Get to work, instead of moping. No matter how you feel to, don’t mope. Now that you’re going to make the most of the failure, think of new ways to do better. I’m determined now to write my best works yet. And to get them out to the world fast.

Help another. Think what lesson you’ve learned and discover ways you can share with another (your tribe, especially) to help solve their problems too. It’s showing you care, truly care, that draws more audience to your network.

The opportunity to lead isn’t relegated to the ‘pros’. Everyone who has a tribe, every dreamer who intends to create must realise he’s planning to lead. Because he’s got a voice he wants others to listen to.

And if leaders are servants, then what creatives have got in their hands is the chance to serve. And great heroes who impacted on the world weren’t machoes who had no weaknesses. They were, in spite of their weaknesses, tenacious enough to never hold back or in the more conventional way…give up.

And you’re a creative. Will you give up now? Will you call it quit so soon?

What failure have you experienced recently and how has it helped you to grow? Share your comments below.

Yusuff Busayo is a Writer, Entrepreneur, Speaker who loves books and book-making. Here, I blog about writing, creativity, and making impact.

Permission To Be Yourself

We often get lied to.

We believe a lie that pops into our heads in form of idea or a subtle thought form. We’re soon to stick with it because it’s a comfortable lie that soothes our proverbial backbone.

It’s a lie that eats the creative up, making him live below what he’s called to do.

And it’s funny that the lie comes from within us.

What’s that lie?

It’s one that says to us to wait for permission to get the audience.

In an age of innumerable distractions, we’re often tempted to think there are people waiting for us.

Actually, there are.

But they just aren’t expecting it to be us. And they do not know us. So, they aren’t going to give permission to anyone they aren’t expecting.

Catch the drift?

It’s the lie we tell ourselves that we must get onstage before our best works must be seen. That’s the only way our voice can be heard, and we can be considered to have achieved.

I say no to that.

    No One Will Give You Permission

You’ve got to take the permission you need to create the life of your dream. And the most important of all the permissions is the one to be yourself.

Back in the college, I was a book-loving fella with no brain for calculations. While other classmates jostled to score the highest mark, I was interested in just…passing.

I was witless at maths.

I sat around with books in my hands (novels, most of the time). I had other dreams in my head. Civil Engineering didn’t fit into any, though I was there. I wanted permission to be who I was.

I wanted out of the gulag I had placed myself.

I found ‘out’ and jumped for it.

No one cares that you’ve got dreams in your head. Unless you take the effort to get them out deliberately, no permission awaits you. [Tweet that]

And you’ve got to stay true to yourself. To who you are, regardless of the Resistance, the critics, and the crowd.

    Ignoring The Siren In Your Head

There’s a voice in your head. It says, “It’s not time yet. I’ve got to have the attention, my talent shouldn’t be on display now. It won’t work just yet.”

The voice that says to wait when it’s time to get a move on is a liar. It’s conniving with the Resistance and will stall you from creating.

No one created that never had a bad gut-feeling he had to ignore.

Not the greatest heroes. Not the best writers. Not Chimamanda Adichie, or Abraham Oshoko, or Teju Cole, or Ofilispeaks.

They’ve all got something in common: the so-called ‘bull-dog’ blood.

That tenacity that tells them to ignore the famous Nigeria cliche that: Nigerians don’t read.

A cliche that’s tantamount to saying we don’t create.

Will you resist the urge to hold back? Are you going to brace yourself and go ahead to create, regardless of that voice in your head?

The permission to be who we really frolics in everybody’s court. We take it or it goes away.

It’s a cowardly way to live when:

•You take a pause on creating your art
•Wait to get approval before you go on
•Seek for the audience to give you platform before you create

    Here’s how to begin to really live…

Stopping asking for permission. Go ahead and begin to live the life you’re made to live. Begin to live it one at a time. And start today!

The excuse of every creative is constantly that of fear of failure or not being accepted. That’s a good enough excuse that serves ducks! It’s holds no water.

Real impact makers get on with it and tenaciously stick to achieving their intents.

That’s what makes them remembered.

That’s what makes society forever indebted to them.

How do you intend taking permission to be yourself? What’s stopping you from really living out your dream to create? Share your comments below.

Yusuff Busayo is a Writer, Entrepreneur, Speaker who loves books and book-making. Here, I blog about writing, creativity, and making impact.

“Bring Your Problems”

We’re much better doing what we love than what we don’t love.

In the end, when opportunities are explored, what makes men beat a path to our door is the prowess we exhibit in the task we’re simply ‘just good’ at.

So what works for one isn’t going to work for another. It’s in finding your path, cutting it to suit who you’re born to be, and living the life you’re called for, that gets the market to fight to get to you.

When the population finds a handful (and it almost always is a handful) who dedicate their lives to what matters and what works for them, the clamor ceases about how ‘what and what can be done’. Because here they come, the saviors who’ve discovered themselves and are tweaking successfully what all that are confused jostle after.

So what’s important in all these?

Find yourself. Find what you love and throw yourself into it; head through feet.

How do you set about finding yourself and doing what you love? Share your comments below.

Yusuff Busayo is a Writer, Blogger, Enterpreneur, and Speaker who’s got unflinching love for books and book-making. Here, I blog about Writing, Creativity, and Making Impact.

Think Change….Embracing The Paradigm Shift

The melodramatic effect of desiring more than is needed deluges the people of the society with high-rated unfairness.

And with each step that’s taken to better self’s pocket, another thousand suffers bad fate caused by self-centered dimwits. The dimwit is one who thinks the least of the slight that he confers upon the innocents. The very kind amongst whom he lives, through whom he thrives.

When the game of cheat runs to an end, and the endless clamour to have more at the expense of others’ joy ceases, the unrepentant dimwit will know the world isn’t built for some microscopic few to dominate. Until he learns from his errors, he dies alone in the slum of despondency.

We all then should know, according to Seth Godin, that,

    “We don’t change markets, or populations, we change people. One person at a time, at a human level. And often, that change comes from small acts that move us, not from grand pronouncements.”

We wipe the tears off the face of a dying society. We create change by complying with the paradigm shift! Because really, a life spent for others isn’t a life that ends up telling its own tale. But one that’ll have its story engraved on the hearts of men. Never to be forgotten.

And that, even after his death.

Go and do likewise.

Share your comment below.

Yusuff Busayo is a Writer, Blogger, Enterpreneur, and Speaker who’s got unflinching love for books and book-making. Here, I blog about Writing, Creativity, and Making Impact.

How To Achieve More, Doing Less

You’ve got the universe on your shoulder.

You’re so edgy you snap easily these days.

And it’s cos you’ve got loads of projects to do. And you don’t know how you’ll ever get them done.

I know. I’m a preacher of doing more to achieve more. But when you’re crushed under the very weight of too many tasks: writing your blog posts, finishing some clients’ work, completing an ebook before deadline date, etc the rule changes here.

“One day at a time
Take it one day at a time
The road may be rough to ply
The path too narrow to try
Do not be afraid
To take it one day at a time.”

Okay, those lines bore. But you got the message, right? It’s one day at a time. Only in this post, it’s One work at a time.

Simply put: Get one work out of the way, before attending to another.

Often, I’m tempted to want to handle all the works I have to do just to finish up early and get my hand at rest (not to say giving my best). But I’ve found I hardly get them all done and still fall short of the deadline. That’s when, for most writers, worry sets in.

Well, banish worry and get them done one work at a time. How?


You’ll need to identify what needs to be done, in what order they ought to be done, and how they ought to be done. And these can only be done when your mind’s ‘on break’. Can you take a day off to do this? It pays to do so just so you can get your mind cleared and at rest, ready for the work that’ll start the following day.


This happens on your day off.
Perhaps, you’ve got loads of deadlines to meet. It’ll be fitting to arrange these tasks in order of their importance and deadline. You’ll know which should come first and which shouldn’t get you to worry at all. Prioritise accordingly and get set to get going.


It’s the following day. Now pick off only one task that must be completed today. If it’s writing queries to be pitched to new clients that’s first on your list (and it’s got a closer deadline for you), spend the whole day doing that.


No matter how tempted you are to worry about the other tasks as you work on one each day, don’t yield. Put that off your mind. Stay your mind rather on completing the task at hand. And even if it comes to you to put this task aside and begin another, no matter how juicy the thought is, shove it. Get one done today and out of the way, then move to another the next day, and another the next day.

Before you know it, you’re done and ditching edginess, because you’ve learned what works: Taking it one work at a time.

How do you often get too many tasks done? Share your comments below.

Yusuff Busayo is a Writer, Blogger, Enterpreneur, and Speaker who’s got unflinching love for books and book-making. Here, I blog about Writing, Creativity, and Making Impact.

The Originality Of Creativity:11 Ways To Stay Creative

Most of us want what we want and want them now. But we give so little attention to brooding upon the relevant actions that should follow the exciting reactions from lessons we’re learning from teachers and books.

“Creativity is a work of the mind. And is the precursor to every great invention.

The responsibility involved in the creation of what we want won’t be paid by anyone else; unless the drab idea of servitude continues to persist in the mind.

Creativity lies in the heart of every man and it takes a thinking man – the lone man – to explore them.

Meeting with birds in the woods to create an exceptional invention is outlandish. But it didn’t stop Orville and Wilbur Wright. It was the nutter-est idea that brought out a grand discovery that continues to live on.

It didn’t take a sane man to know a fight for freedom in an apartheid-infested country negated sanity and called for death. But Mandela held in. And bagged a couple years in jail. Freedom was eventually created, right?

“The permission to will is available to everyone. But it takes someone with a stronger will to create.”

Responsibility cum creativity breeds awesome results that catapult any organisation or individual to greater heights. And if the processes involved in being creative are learned, perhaps, few will be liberated from the soil of mediocrity.

I’m excited about creativity and believe strongly in the ease of living it expels on the society. Want to learn all it takes? Here goes:

1. Think change.

Call it paradigm shift and you’ll be right. It’s an “about-turn” act of rising from dreaming to creating. I’m particularly fascinated by the story of Russell Blake and how he created twenty-two books in eighteen months. Change is an encounter that releases a permanent fire into anyone and it bothers on rethink. You simply do not talk about wanting to become a writer but go ahead to act like it. Change is a decision (followed by action) to launch your dream regardless who accepts you or not. Change demands effort. It’s a deliberate attempt at doing what you may hate to do but is needful to do to get the art created.

2. Banish Indecision.

Decide what you’re going to do and do it. Dilly-dallying gives no room for quick decision making. And imagine that you’ve got a truck zooming towards your path right now, what would you do?…I thought as much. Creativity takes the same effort: readiness to make ‘on-the-spur-of-the-moment’ decisions and flexibility to manage them.

3. Love Aloneness.

The great inventions were made in the shadows. While some men bask in the night time, working their socks off to create, some loafed. And here’s one of the challenges that face creatives: aloneless. In wanting to create what’s different, you’ll find that not all will accept your ‘insanity’. You’ve got to love it, and stay through.

4. Explore opportunities.

While I’m thrilled by the chance to speak publicly, I often would withdraw when opportunities to do so come. But not anymore. I see that creatives would be left behind while they wait for opportunities to come their way. It pays then to rather rise and throw yourself into avenues that you would rather shy away from. Here’s the point: want to create a business that’ll grow, seek opportunities to help another or start one. Writers shouldn’t be scared of Contests. And don’t be afraid to pitch it out there that you’ve got expertise in a field. When Lex Brown wanted to be a radio DJ, he started out deliberately as a cleaner at the station, while observing the Radio DJ. The night the DJ was out sick, Lex was a ready option. And he did just good enough to be taken as the new DJ.

5. Incite Curiosity.

The hypes that turn most adults off about kids is their curiosity. They never stop asking questions and would rarely lay off till they’ve got answers to them. Is it a wonder then that they begin to do what’s spectacular? You’ve got to be on your toes to be creative. I read Seth Godin, Jeff Goins, Ofilispeaks, Copyblogger, and a couple others and ask myself: What makes these guys different? How can I do better or if not, write exactly like them? Those questions challenge me to get to work producing not only better contents but throwing myself into the business of writing itself.

6. Employ Transparency.

We don’t all have it figured out. In a world where there are numerous choices to pick from, it pays to be transparent. And transparency, while some get the notion that it exposes your vulnerability, rather heals your weaknesses. It’s dishonest to yourself and your audience to think and portray that you’re flawless. Audience will rather trust a failure who’s sincere than a weakling who makes himself out as an icon.

7. Follow Trails.

That’s what transparency is all about; realizing who’s done what and garnering all that can be learned from them. We’ve all got our ‘favourites’ and if they impact us that much, then we might as well start to follow their trail. I love the works of Matthew Reilly. And I learn from him (and several others) then follow their trail. Creativity spells easy that way.

8. Challenge Yourself.

Read this fab: A celeb was stopped by a fifteen year old fan and asked what to do be like her. The celeb responded, “Just go ahead to do what you ordinarily wouldn’t do.” I made a decision during my last birthday: to do what I would never have done, to push beyond my limit. I decided I’d write two 1500 posts every month, well-researched and rated quality. I dazed myself when in the first week I’d written more than two drafts. And they were well-researched and ranked as quality. You create by hurling yourself against the wall (one of the crazy things creatives do), believing it’ll shift for you. You’ll be surprised it will.

N.B: When JFK announced that before the decade ended, man’s feet must land on the moon, I would’ve peppered him with rotten eggs if I’d been close to him then. But it happened, didn’t it?

9. Develop Hard Ears.

Tenacity. That’s all hard ears’ all about. Be willing to keep at it till it looks exactly like it.’ It’s like faking it to make it. It’s not listening to self-doubt. Uh, no. Tenacity is a stronger force built upon dedication, determination and an unshakable drive to pull through. That’s hard ears. It worked for others, is working for creatives, for me, it can work for you.

10. Love The Process.

Creativity is a process. It’s not a matter of what you do now to get an instant result. It’s often a result of a patient waiting after diligent work.

11. Create, Anyway.

Got self-doubts? Think you’re too new to start? You’ve got slow traffic coming to your blog? The painting isn’t coming out fine? Hold on just a little longer. Then…keep creating anyway. The best of us isn’t revealed in the time that all works smoothly, but when the roads are rough, and the valleys are crooked, and you still plunge ahead, that’s resilience. That’s the life of a creative.

The world’s shifting at the speed of thought from consuming to more creativity. And, thanks to the internet, a wider gap is being created between the relaxed and the diligent, the indigent and the affluent, the brainless and the smarts. I call it ‘The Two Extremes’.

It’s a call for more creatives. Where ever you are, whatever field you find yourself, here’s the point: create.

How do you intend to use these points? What are the limitations you’re faced with and how do you plan on overcoming them? Let me know your thoughts in the comment box below.


Yusuff Busayo is a Writer, Blogger, Enterpreneur, and Speaker who’s got unflinching love for books and book-making. Here, I blog about Writing, Creativity, and Making Impact.

Why You Need To Take Your Writing Seriously

As I begin to write this post, I am mindful of the times when I’d lingered on writing consistently and enough to be able to complete projects. Those times were wearied by promises to write daily. And as the need to fulfill the promises came, so also came the excuses for not carrying them out. And often, they were seemingly genuine.

And yet they produced nothing.

“Doesn’t matter the excuses you make for not doing what you ought, the work still remains undone!”

In life, as we all strive to be what we’re made to be, there would be reasons to look back, excuses to give to not live out our dreams. But the smarts know, it’s doing what needs to be done, while ditching excuses, that keeps a dream alive.

Ever read about the cat? It’s a persistent feline that, once it sights a rat, would never leave it be until it has the rat in its grasp.

When the MacDonald brothers were required to pack up and leave, they had the grand excuse to do so. They’d failed too much. But they also knew it wouldn’t make their dream of a global eatery bud.

It’s the same with writing.

The art of writing seriously, I have found, is what equates with sharpening the sword for better chopping, honing the skill. Plus, if the craft is worth being taken entrepreneurially, then in the same way it should be treated so.

We All Have A Story To Tell

However way we choose to see it, there are more lives willing to live rather than die. But as they’re mauled by the myriad trials that the life bestows uninvitedly on them, they seek desperately for ways out. And if suicide seems the best option, albeit horrible, most opt for it.

Writers are not permitted to give false details about a horrid event. Just like it isn’t wise to say that there are no grey moments in the world. Writers do more than tell a story.

They change lives.

With each word that appears on the screen and the dot that closes a book or a post, it is essential to note that more important is the positive impact the works make than the gains that come thereafter.

Writers have the obligation to write seriously because they’re obligated to save more lives than they know of.

All That Writing Is About: Hope

In the same way that we save lives through medicines and medical services, writers go ahead to spread their reach through to the world (thanks to the internet) and more broken-hearted, underprivileged, beaten-down, can read, digest and leap for hope.

Hope can be wrapped in words. Hope can liberate even if it’s a daily dosage of a five-line article. There are so much hope in words.

So why wouldn’t a writer take his writing serious?

A dream that is lived out engenders lazy dreamers to leap on their feet and get to living too.

Dreams bring hope. And hope stretches the resistance limit of every man. Writers can build hope through the craft. While each creative bask in the world of working out their dreams, hope becomes clearer and more people are drawn to it.

Where The Details Fall

Here’re my reasons for writing:

•I write to live
•I write to make a mark; touching lives and influencing many, positively
•I write to live good works on the sands of time.

Where is the place of money, you ask?

Here’s what gives:

When our best works are done for the sake of service and in utmost sincerity, all that follows is a sincere audience that willingly gives themselves to giving back to you in return.

So, a quality book or article or a compassionate giving that intends to live an indelible mark on the hearts of the audience will in the same way propel the audience to grab at the sales offered by the writer/author.

The Truth In Basics

Basically, you must write seriously:
•To grow your skill
•Because you owe it not only to yourself to do so, but to those audience who’ve come to rely on your words.
•To be prepared for the opportunities that lie ahead.
•Because words have power and potentials, and when delayed from getting done, the potency is doused.

Do you write seriously? How do you plan on writing seriously from henceforth? Share your comments below.


Yusuff Busayo is a Writer, Blogger, Enterpreneur, and Speaker who’s got unflinching love for books and book-making. Here, I blog about Writing, Creativity, and Making Impact.

11 Sure-Fire Tips To Help You Dress For Success And Write Like A Pro

On behalf of writers who’re skeptical about launching out, some concise points:



Check your perspective. What frightens you could be nothing more than a passing fly or if it’s like a mountain, good luck finding your way around it (seriously, we’ve all got our fears. So what’s the tripe feeling about?). Fear is transient if you treat it how it ought to be treated: ignore it.


Do what you ought to. Stephen King didn’t sell huge by romancing chips.


Ok, it sucks if you’re lazy. But here’s a good help: shoot for 500 words daily for a start. Then clamber up from there.


If you aren’t improving your writing daily (e.g. Your dialogue, description, narration, pacing, fluency, clarity, etc), you don’t deserve being in the game. Hello, there’re more vacancies for pork meat sellers these days, why don’t you give that a try?


But don’t write to get published. Confused? It works this way: Write because you love to but publish because you have to. The former is embedded in dedication, and the latter, in finishing what you started.


But be ready to do the work. Ever sweated a bucketful? Get yourself ready to do that. Self-publishing, though trying, fetches great gain. You get saddled with all the tasks of a book publisher, plus the load of writing the books. Learn all you can about self-pub, then do this, as Russell Blake suggests: Write (75%) and market (25%) of the time.


Or how else did you intend to start self-publishing? Blasting your works on the faces of beat-up masses? If you’re planning on being a great writer (you think! Duh!), start a blog, and document your thoughts there. What’s more, it’s your launch pad, and seriously, you really cannot exist without it these days as a writer. (Or you could give book-hawking a fair try *laughs*)


Or you’ll fail at it. Besides dedication is the determination that comes with the strong drive to get the work done; to write 2000 words each day like you’ve promised to. And there’s the discipline of actually writing those words or they will never write themselves. (Start painting grandmas’ faces if you’re too lazy to write). Dedication. Determination. Drive. Discipline. All these do not come from Mars. You’ll have to manufacture them. I didn’t think I’ll pluck them off thin air, but I pay my dues. Do the same.


You’re a writer, behave like it. Plus, take it seriously by respecting it and getting down to write, write, write!!! Make it your business and treat it like one. Because really, that’s what it is: business.


There’s the deluge of opportunities to do so now than before. Research has been made easy by the vast information provided on the web. Stop sitting on your butts and get to work. Are you planning on writing fictions or non-fiction (oh, I wish you’ll just combine both and see how soon you’ll tire out. My point is, choose one and specialize)? Get them out there fast. There are more hungry readers than there use to be (think I’m kidding? Check this out). It’s necessary if you’ll be self-publishing and if you’ll need your name to stick to your readers’ memory. Naturally, readers forget an author’s name quickly when their reading appetite isn’t assuaged quickly and successively by the author. You’ve got the opportunity to sell more if you write more. Four books in a year is just too possible.


Not satisfy your egocentric self at the expense of your readers’ innocence. Read the huge handwriting on the wall: Readers want great stories that aren’t laced with lies but are sincere, they want detailed non-fictions that answer the questions weighing upon their hearts. Readers are innocent. Treat them in that manner and don’t throw poop in their faces, thinking no one will know. Some mad man may be dumb to not understand a thing about sanity, but we aren’t. Be sane!

I ‘hush’ my pen here. Go and do what’s written. But while you’re at it, please leave me a comment below about why some writers are scared of launching out. I mean it. LEAVE ME A COMMENT! *fumes*


Yusuff Busayo is a fighter Writer, Blogger, Entrepreneur, and Speaker who’s got unflinching love for bombs books and gun-making book-making. Here, I blog about Writing, Creativity, and Making Impact. Check out more writing and creativity tips below to help you achieve your authorship dream.

6 Steps To Launching A Successful Writing Career (Full-Time or Part-Time)

In the fall of the year 2012, I ‘packed my bags’ in.

I simply gave up on job seeking and aimed all out to create jobs. I was going nuts, people told me. And in some way, I tried to convince myself that I was truly nuts. So, I told very few people (two persons actually).

I figured: In launching a dream, do not be surprised the most people who’ll talk you down will be those you least expect.

I had spent five years studying a course I knew next to nothing about (but passed well anyway). And the few frustrating years in the college had taught me a couple lessons:

1. Love what you do and do what you love. Or you’ll just be frustrated and die young.

2. Learn all you can while you still got the chance.

3. Curiosity is the bedrock of all successes as it incites inquisitiveness and question-asking that helps further your cause.

I had something I wanted to live for (everyone does). It was a bug that clung unwaveringly to my heart. I so read a lot lecture time was reading time for me. (I know, doing the right thing at the wrong time, right? But it’s better than just watching the lecturers rant about what I just didn’t get). I got names from classmates for voracious reading (and occasionally scribbling). Boring names, really.

I was frustrated, uncomfortable, and simply living below what I was called to do.

I wanted to write. Really write.

And so I made up my mind at my graduation that year. I decided I would be a writer. I would write all the books, articles, novels, tv soaps, I could, and I would not only be a national figure, but an international figure.

I decided I would be a blessing, make impact.

I was crazy.

I was dreaming.


But I had fears. I’d read lots of stories about broke writers. It just didn’t work to be a writer alone. And so while my faith shook, I went a voyage to allay those fears. And soon I discovered….

Gone are the days of broke writers.

With the advent of the internet, the proliferation of more technological means of marketing (especially books and web contents), I soon learned writers have got all the chances they want.

Websites are constantly being created. And all these sites need contents, right? Who’s going to get them the contents?


Big organisations now understand the need to go blogging now, right? So they’ll call for experts who’ll continually deliver high quality contents that will beef up their Google rank. Who’s going to get this done for them?


Magazines, newspapers, ezines, monthly publications, etc need contents, right? And they know how important good contents are (or they’ll be out on the streets soon), right? Who gets the job done?


Traditional publishers can stop throwing their shoulders around. Self-publishing now rock. Self-publishing affords you the opportunity to market your own books without throwing so much money around (except money for a sound editor, and maybe good book designer).

My point: gone are the days of ‘broke writers!’

Writers now rock.

Having allayed your fears (if you’re that scared writer), here are six steps to help you launch a successful writing career. If you’ll prefer part-time to full-time, all good. Just do what you love and ditch the fear of ‘not being able to eke out a living from writing.’

1. Decide To do it.

You’re a writer. No one is going to decide for you. You’ve got to decide for yourself if this is a road you’re willing to ply. And you had better not be swayed by the financial benefits I highlighted above (though good), writing has got it’s challenges too. And you have to be willing to meet the odds. The Resistance is constantly fighting.

2. Love 5am.

Show up always. If the desk doesn’t find you at it when you’ve decided to, you’re most definitely on your way out. If you’ve got a regular writing time (and you’ve got to have one), so much better. I’ve got a writing time I stick with (3am) but I still scribble some during the day.

3. Dress For success

I didn’t start writing seriously until a year ago. Then I began to take my works out of the lockers and to throw them out to be read, critiqued and murdered (if need be. (I just didn’t care anymore). I started treating my writing career like business. I created a business card, designed a letterhead, listed out my writing services, continually bought internet data bundles, planned a business plan, worked on a vision/mission statement, created goals/plans, began freelance writing, studied other blogs, and successfully launched a blog. Writing is business. Treat it that way.

4. Have a solid bio

Can you write about yourself in just five sentences such that I’ll be tempted to click your ‘Hire Me’ page? A solid bio tells prospects (clients, readers, etc) about who you are. It should educate, entertain and give straightforward detail about you. Who are you? Why should prospects trust you enough to buy your services? Don’t just write that you’re a freelance writer. Write, “I’m a magazine freelance writer.” That way prospects know what you’re specialized in.

5. Run a blog.

This is fast becoming an overflogged gist. But it’s still important. Now, anyone can build a platform and start selling whatsoever. As a writer, a good way to sell your services is a blog. Much as it takes diligence and dedication to run one, the benefits are overwhelming. This works best when you’re an expert at what you do and readers can rest assured of quality contents. And the best of all is: your readers can trust you enough to ‘kill’ you if you’ve got nothing to sell.

6. Throw yourself out.

While a blog affords you the chance to build a platform, you’ll need something much more to call in the traffic. You’ll need marketing. And here’s where it rocks! You don’t have to ‘talk’ here. The social media will be your best friend in marketing yourself (for starters). I use Google+, twitter, facebook and LinkedIn. You could decide to add others (but sticking with these four is just okay. Too many social media can kill your work). Guestblogging is a more preferred option for some, and should be an essential part in your marketing archive. Comment intelligently on other blogs and be sure to leave your URL.

These are concise points intended to help you launch a writing career. Whether part-time or full-time, you can make the craft worthy entreprenuerially only through practise. So what are your practice plans?

Have you launched a writing career? What are yours challenges? What’s holding you back from launching out? Share your comments below.


Yusuff Busayo is a Writer, Blogger, Enterpreneur, and Speaker who’s got unflinching love for books and book-making. Here, I blog about Writing, Creativity, and Making Impact. Check out the “Let’s Write Daily” page (coming soon) to  discover how I and other writers alike can help you achieve your authorship dream.

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