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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!

Guts.

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!

*Image Credit: Mind Essence

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Hi. I’m Yusuff Busayo, a chronic writer and a fanatic book-lover. Here, I share kick-butt insights to help you write, create and make impact. Check out what I offer on my about page. Or connect with me on Facebook, Twitter, Google+.

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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.

Why?

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.

*Image Credit: Transformnation

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Hi. I’m Yusuff Busayo, a chronic writer and a fanatic book-lover. Here, I share kick-butt insights to help you write, create and make impact. Check out what I offer on my about page. Or connect with me on Facebook, Twitter, Google+.

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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
recognition)

•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?

*Photo Credit: DecorativeDecal


Who did you compare yourself with recently and how did it affect you? Share your comments below.

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Hi. I’m Yusuff Busayo, a chronic writer and a fanatic book-lover. Here, I share kick-butt insights to help you write, create and make impact. Check out what I offer on my about page. Or connect with me on Facebook, Twitter, Google+.

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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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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.

*Photo Credit: Countenance

Are you persevering? Are you a hobbyist or a real writer? 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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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.

Yuck!

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.

*Photo Credit: WritersSeminars

Are you writing for 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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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.

          Or…

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.

*Photo Credit: Madamenoire

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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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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.

Enjoy.

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.

*Photo Credit: SingleBlackMale

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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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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.