Month: February 2014

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?

1. TAKE A DAY OFF.

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.

2. ARRANGE THEM IN ORDER OF IMPORTANCE & DEADLINE.

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.

3. ONE DAY, ONE WORK.

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.

4. GET RID OF DISTRACTION.

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.
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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 Haughtiness of Excuses

There’s been blackout for four days now in my compound, owing to two fallen electric poles. That sure bugs me because my desk is piled with projects requiring electricity to finish. Plus I’ve got deadlines, most of which are due this week.

The last couple days have had me getting out of the house to charge my laptops (generator is a poor option in my compound). Yes, it’s been stressful and annoying. And occasionally, I’ve had the urge to lay back in my room and simply do nothing. Just marry my excuse anyway.

Nevertheless, the bills keep running. The deadlines draw near. And clients will soon begin to call for their jobs.

“Life throws at us what we often are unpreprared for. But making the most of every odd remains the best decision.”

The best in us isn’t revealed when the roads we ply are smooth and we’re sailing free. Pretense can carry on in a seemingly perfect situation. But when the odds are against us, a deeper YOU shows forth; one willing to give up or to press on. One that says ‘I never planned for this. I’m quitting’ or ‘okay, it’s happened. What’s the way forward?”

Rough spots begin to show as hurdles arise along the way to achieving your dream. And there are two choices to choose from:

1. Stick with your excuses and quit OR
2. Figure a way out and press on.

For it isn’t unfair what life brings our way, it’s just unfair that one expects too many better days. Because truly, such days exist only in Utopia.

Excuse-giving, though duly substantiated, spurs you to avoid responsibilities. And dedication, determination, and drive are key to ‘getting you there’.

What’s your excuse for not starting? Leave your comments below.

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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.

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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.

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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.

It’s These Little Things That Make All The Difference

IMG-20140213-00093I went out with ‘The Girls’ last Thursday.

It was one of those blessed moments when, like a father, one feels on top of the world because you’re ‘taking your kids out’. But in this case, these girls aren’t my kids.

They’re my students.

As we spent the day together at the JAMB CBT Sensitization venue, alongside students from nine other schools, I learned a couple things from them. The topmost of which was: kids have got good hearts and great dreams if we’ll only take time to be patient with them and watch the best in them blossom.

I watched with delight as they flocked around me, wanting to do nothing but talk and relate and…get me involved. And at some point that I jocularly surmised that they don’t collect numbers from the few teenage boys around, they protested innocently, “Sir, don’t you trust us?”

And then again, there was the desperate desire to please to them. They were teenagers whom I was obligated to lead for the period of the JAMB CBT Sensitization. And, like a timid leader, their ICT teacher that I was, I was just too scared how I would go about it.

But they made it easy. Each second that passed at the Sensitization venue, I was elated just being with them. It was more a moment to live besides working. And as I observed them play and laugh and encourage me to join in, I learned their needs (maybe not all), that which gnaw at their innocent hearts, that spur them to want to be at their best always.

Need #1: A Friend To Laugh With

If you’re father, when a smile doesn’t crack on your face and your child expects to see one, there’s most definitely the likelihood that you’ll be questioned by the child.

In the same way, I was.

While it behooves us to be protective of the ones we care about, most especially the young ones, times come when it’s just okay to let go…and laugh along with them. For what hurts more when a joke told by a dear one to lighten the mood is disregarded?

Teenagers want to be accepted. And if such acceptance comes from the one whom they expect it from, they’re inspired to release themselves and go ahead to live out their lives without pretense.

What really makes a difference in a child’s life is your involvement. And if the involvement requires that you open the wells of smile and laugh with them, so be it. It goes a long way to heal their hearts (and often, yours too) and may very well spur them to want to keep that friendship.

Need #2: A Friend To Trust

As we waited outside the venue for the meeting, most of the attendees were almost tired of waiting. When some of my girls decided to take a stroll outside the gate, my first instinct was to fear and dissuade them from going.

Then again, I found, they’d given me every reason to trust them. How?

They’d trusted me enough to believe I could lead them and now it was my turn to do the same: trust them enough to take care of themselves.

And as we relate with the youngsters, the need falls upon us to learn that all they ask is a friend they can trust. One who will not be dissuaded from believing in them. And one whom, for each time they turn their backs, they can still realize is there, urging them on.

Need #3: Examples to Follow.

As the meeting time elongated and it seemed we were all being wearied out, it was understandable that complaints would start to pour. And while the other groups started to murmur and my girls joined, I didn’t move to incite them to not do so.

Rather, I shared jokes and switched to taking their snapshots. I made talks and took interest in lighting the mood. They dug right in and soon discarded the gloominess, joining in the brief reverie.

They didn’t need anyone to tell them what they felt wasn’t real. Just like we aren’t permitted to think they’re insusceptible to feelings.

They needed an example to stay positive. One who understood how they felt. They had one.

Rarely do most young ones know which way is right and the best they can do is imitate who’s going ahead of them. And if there’re no examples to imitate, they simply fall back into the nothingness that misrepresents their identity.

Without visible and viable examples, the young generation can be misled. And the whole lots of them ask for path-blazers. Can you be that example? Can they learn from you?


In what ways has the recent interesting moments of your life impacted you? Share your experience in the comments below.

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Yusuff Busayo is a Writer, Blogger, Entrepreneur, 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:

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1. ANALYSE YOUR FEAR.

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.

2. THROW FEAR OUT THE WINDOW.

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

3. DON’T BOTHER WITH WRITING A LOT.

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.

4. BE DEDICATED.

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?

5. WRITE AND PUBLISH.

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.

6. TRY SELF-PUBLISHING.

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.

7. START A BLOG.

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*)

8. REALLY LOVE THE CRAFT.

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.

9. GET DRESSED TO SUCCEED.

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.

10. WRITE MORE BOOKS THIS YEAR.

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.

11. LIVE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

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*

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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.

WHERE IT STARTED HURTING

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?

Writers!

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?

Writers!

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?

Writers!

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.

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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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