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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.

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Build A Fullproof Writing Strategy

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

What’s your writing strategy?

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

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

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

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

What’s your strategy?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Tips on Writing Better

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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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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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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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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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.

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.