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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.

*Photo Credit: RealPen


I guess there are more ways to build a fullproof writing strategy. Which strategies do you employ? Share your comments below.

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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+.

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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.

*Photo Credit: Charlie Glickman

How are you living outside the box? What’s your method for making writing real? Share your comments below.

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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+.

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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.

*Photo Credit: Voxmagazine

Are you passionate about this craft? Would you go to the length of finding your ‘why’ just to make it work? Please, share your comments below. Your comments matter a lot!
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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+.

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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.

*Photo Credit: layoutsparks.com

What does giving hope mean to you? Share your comments below.

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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+

Why Perfectionists Bore…And Perfection Offends

There’re three reasons why they bore.

1. THEY’RE PERFECTIONISTS

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.

2. THEY’RE NATURALLY BORING

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.

3. THEY’RE GOING NOWHERE

…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.
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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.

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.

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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.

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:

1. GET A PLATFORM

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.

BONUS: TUNE YOUR PLATFORM

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.

2. WORK OUT YOUR DIFFERENCE

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.

3. DON’T VARY YOUR VOICE

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.
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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.
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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 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.

    MAKING WRITING WORK

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.

      FINAL WORDS

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.
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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

Photo Credit: theguardian.com

Photo Credit: theguardian.com

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