#2015: This Journey’ll Get Better

It’s been a great year 2014. And I’m grateful to all the Very Important Persons who have influenced me and blessed my work in different ways.

I’m also saying thank you to you the PBW & Beyond community. You all have been awesome.

Here’s to a more life enriching 2015.

Cheers!

~ PBW

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#POETRY: This is the Hour.

When the rythmn don’t mix,
The words go untold;
And the sounds go below.

When the lies don’t blend,
The feathers go untouched;
The kills go untrue;
The death go unnoticed.

What. What. What do we do for you oh Mr. Malfoy.
We have cars.
We have chairs.
And we really do have the seater’s laire.

If we could pull out a ding dong from your ass,
We’d waste no time;

We’d do it.

It may not be today;
It may not be tomorrow morning;

But we will come for you and pull it out.

Call it the righteous act.

If it matters to you,
Take it off.

If it craves your attention
Then let us boldly declare that this is the hour.

(C) 2014, Prosper B. Wealth.

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7 WRITING HABITS: 4 great ones and 3 ugly ones

What’s good writing?

It’s the kind that gets noticed, read and really appreciated. If it’s your work, you may not get to see all the wonderful people who enjoy your work. But one thing’s sure: most of them do find your work interesting.

You know it.

A work – that work – that first earns a bookmark for an evening cup of tea. It pushes your readers to explore what is being offered. It takes your audience down the road. The journey is safe. All your readers need to do is to enjoy being the audience because the writing is too good to pass on. It’s not academic or scholarly-sounding in voice.

The point is that great writing takes time to master. And so, if you’re looking for a one-time quick formula to solve your writing chaos, I’ll be honest with you: there ain’t any magic formula.

You have to pay the price with a currency named “practice”.

You have to practise your writing. It helps to sharpen your skills and increase your brain’s ability to process complex concepts. If you can turn complex concepts into simple messages that can be understood by your audience, then you’ve got a potential winner.

At first, no one is going to acknowledge the fact that you’re onto something. The reason is because the beginning stage of a writing-related profession is filled with a lot of mediocrity and lazy ass bums of a people. To get out of that shit-hole, you have to pick up your pants and get your shoes into the right kind of foot-holding that fits you.

And so, to boost your confidence to become a better writer, the tips below will help you.

SEVEN WRITING HABITS THAT KICK ASS AND MAGNETS THE KIND OF AUDIENCE THAT YOU DESIRE

The 4 DO-THESE Habits:

1. WRITE LIKE YOU’RE ALIVE

If you try writing when you’re unhappy or worried about the next possible disaster, your readers will discover the dead-spirit in your work.

It’s not healthy.

It’s even more mentally and emotionally tasking to come up with the right words to say what you want to say in the best way you intended to say it out.

Unless you’re using writing as a healthy way of releasing negative energy, it’s not always a good thing to write in a negative state. This doesn’t mean you should always wait for the perfect time.

There is actually no perfect time to write.

You can just start out by scribbling your thoughts on paper or monitor. And you’ll notice that as you continue inking or pounding away the keyboard, your cognitive prowess will release the right tiger of boldness and joy.

That’s enough to get you quickly in the mode to write out those positive-impactful words.

2. WRITE WITH CONFIDENCE

Building confidence takes time.

But many readers know when the read the work of a confident writer. Errors are bound to happen. And even though it’s a good thing to correct your grammatical mistakes and other structure issues, it’s important to keep a clear head in this process. Worrying about possible issues will only increase the likelihood for you to commit them.

You are not in this to be afraid. You’re in this to change or improve your existing world with your own words. And the best way to tell the people who read your work that it’s okay to turn the next page is to write with confidence.

3. GET INTO THE PROFESSIONAL MINDSET FAST

Until you start recognizing yourself as a writer, you won’t get the inner kick to stand up and do what needs to be done – the actual writing.

It is very possible to spend a large chunk of your time reading books on writing, going to writing events and even speak on writing with so many people but yet miss the doing part – doing the actual writing. And so, getting into the professional writer’s state of mind is an essential habit that you need to develop to horn your skills into a spear.

Writing out words that cut hearts and restructure their lives for better takes time and practice. It requires a consistent dedication to the art. There is a science to it. There are words you need to learn about. There are vowels you need to learn about. There are also many writing- related business stuff that you need to get an idea of.

With a professional mindset, you’ll be better equipped to get out of your bed and do this one thing that’s important to you.

4. NEVER STOP LEARNING ABOUT YOUR AUDIENCE

Your audience is the prime call – your own prime call.

They consist of real people and not some spam bots. There are real people who come to read your work. These people have emotions that can be stirred to happiness and excitement.

Some of’em just want to be entertained.

Others want to be informed.

Others just want to get to know who you are and have a taste of what you have to offer.

As long as you are committed to seeing most of your audience’ needs get satisfied, you will continue building a magnificent group of loyalists and ‘unofficial’ word-of-mouth campaigns. And this will come in handy for the business side of your writing career.

The 3 DON’T-DO-THESE Habits:

1. DON’T ALWAYS DEPEND ON ANOTHER PERSON FOR A WRITING PROMPT

Writing prompts are good. In fact, I’ll say they are really, really awesome in getting you to spark that wire of creativity.

Some of’em stir up your emotions to the peak point that you remember things. Some: good – others: not-so-good.

While it’s good to use a writing prompt as a help to kick start your writing for the day. It’s really a good idea that you don’t depend on them.

You’ve got to find a way to come up with your own writing prompts. Look around. Pick an object. Get a book. There’s so much to write. There’s so much out there for you to use as an inspiration generator.

You can do it. Maybe, not always. But if you keep practising, then over time, you’ll see the benefits of creating your own writing prompts.

It may be hard at first, but of course, that’s why you write. You’re meant to turn a blank page into something readable. It’s a craft that has to do with turning your reader’s time into something along the lines of an investment.

Create your own writing prompts and let it be useful enough for your audience.

2. DON’T WRITE LIKE A ROBOT

You know it – that baritone voice behind your favourite ad.

Why baritone?

It’s simple. They want to make you feel the connection between the advertised product and you.

Notice the word ‘feel’.

The idea of making the audience feel was not first created during the recording of the advert. It was at the beginning – the writing of the advertiser’s script.

If it works and makes people like you and I buy what is being advertised, then it definitely makes sense. They writers of the ad know something. And that one thing is that writing like a robot is emotionless writing. I’m talking of detaching yourself from your own writing.

Good writing will center the focus of your writing on your work and you.

Your readers will need to get a sense of connection with you. And for them to stay connected to your brand and work, they need to feel something: they need to connect with you and at the same time make sense of that connection.

Whether it’s the feeling of anger, mystery or excitement, top writers don’t write like robots – they seek to convey emotions into their work. It’s the reason their work are popularly regarded as ‘interesting’.

Oh! And did I forget to mention that “interesting” sells?

3. DON’T WORRY ABOUT PERFECTING YOUR WRITING

Worrying about your writing won’t do you any good.

You have to pick yourself up and get to face that blank page every day. Then seek to conquer it because there is not hundred percent right or wrong way to do your writing.

If you think that you’re confused, then try writing like you talk.

Get your acts together and stop searching for that perfect quote or article that will keep you up at night to write.

Trust your instincts. All good writers do.

And yes, it’s a good thing to learn from others who have gone ahead of you in this process. But it is always detrimental to worry about the standard of your writing.

Letting go of worry opens you to the freedom. Just enjoy this process. After all, it’s for the development of your writing skill.

It might take a very long time to get to know your own writing voice and which topics you love to write about. Still, I encourage you to ignore that fear inside of you. In fact, if I were to say one thing about the inner critic inside your brain, I’ll say you should use the fear inside of you to push yourself forward in your writing career.

Good writing is what you say it is.

Nobody has the best standard of creativity.

We’re all different. And so, even if we write on the same topic, there’s always that one piece of the puzzle that can only come from you. It’ll feel just like destiny. Lol!

WRITING IS NOT FOR THE FAINT OF HEARTS

You will need a significant dose of courage to remain focused in this craft. The reason is because there are many things that could distract you from achieving your goals. Therefore, I encourage you to stick to your guns; don’t let that ‘pestle’ miss its spot in your mortar.

Turn this intangible asset into something helpful and profitable.

~ PBW

It’s not about the money…

There comes a time when you’re not just doing your job for the sake of the money.

Yes, the cash is helpful but it shouldn’t be the primary motivator for your career success.

It’s always a good thing to evaluate where you are today and where you are heading.

Because…

The direction your life is headed is totally dependent on each decision you make today.

~ PBW

Shut Your Mouth and Listen: #TIME IS LIFE

Yes you heard me right. Time is life.

If you were given a chance to die, you won’t easily take up on the offer – especially if you have things going on well with you.

Your life is measured in years. And these years are measured in months. And these months are measured in weeks. And these weeks are measured in days; days in hours; hours in minutes. And the minutes of your life are measured in seconds. That’s all time. Hence, your life is measured in time. This translates to the fact that your time is life.

What are you going to with the extra time you have until 2014 ends?

Think about it. And take action.

~ PBW

They worked hard; Why get jealous?

I’m tired of all these “douchebags” who walk around to share hatred and jealousy on hard working people during this xmas season.

It’s a happy holiday and hardworking people have a right to live happily. They’ve worked hard for their money, why get jealous that they spend it on what matters to them?

It’s important we recognize the fact that every job has it’s own hazard. No job is without it’s own amount of stress and possible failures. Every career contains the potential to promote an Alice to a wonderland or confuse a Jerry into Tom’s trap.

If you’re one of those doing the hating, I suggest you turn your attention to the things you’re taking for granted in your life. Everyone has something that other people will gladly pay for – if they could afford it.

Go provide your own value and people will pay you for it. Stop that jealousy shit. You’re much better being happy and contented with your own level in life.

Jealousy is B.S.

~ PBW

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P.S.

Author’s Notes:

1). An Alice here, refers to the folk who is in a fulfilling job that encourages his or her personal development and professional growth.

2) Tom here, refers to Tom’s trap is popularly known as the annual performance review. Lol! There are many “supervisors” who want to look good at the end of the year. And as the use performance review as a trap for those below’em in the corporate ladder.

Merry Christmas 2014!

Hmmmm! Helloooooooooo!,

Merry Christmas!

I encourage you to take advantage of this Christmas holidays to review your life, your tiny wins, your 2014 activities and the key events that happened in your life this year. Check for the correlation between your efforts and the outcomes of your decisions. Then start setting your own 2015 goals!

In advance, I’m wishing you a really happy and financially better 2015!

~ PBW

BLOGGiNG BLiSS: Would you love to experience it?

Blogging should be a thing of joy.

Rather, many uninformed people and newbie bloggers think it to be boring – or an activity that is way out their league. Also, many bloggers find themselves struggling to experience the blogging bliss.

To experience the blogging bliss, here are 3 reliable tips for you.

At a glance:

  1. Stop envying other bloggers.
  2. Set your own blogging goals.
  3. Enjoy your blogging journey.

1). Stop envying other bloggers. The reason is because you don’t know their own reason for starting up their own blog(s). If you’ve got to do your own thing, then do it. Stop waiting for permission to start your own thing. There is never a perfect time to start up a blog – but there’s a better time to raise capital for a corporate blog network.

2). Set your own blogging goals. The reason is because every successful blogger out there has his or her own goals set for a particular period of the year. You can set your own goals. Your own goals for your blog should be:

  • Short enough to be clearly written down on a handkerchief;
  • Reliable to point that anyone can read it and see the same thing you see in your mind;
  • Time-dependent so that you will identify resource bins (that may come in the form of fake friends) and remove them from your life;
  • Challenging enough to spur you into bold action;
  • Achievable within the time you set;
  • Positive enough to get you excited about the outcome of your focused efforts;
  • Flexible enough to accommodate the set-backs and frustrations that may happen in reality;
  • Okay enough to allow your daily activities to fall within the acceptable level of stress limits that your body can healthily accept.

3). Enjoy your blogging journey. It’s because blogging is fun – irrespective of your own point of view. Imagine the thrills of worrying about deadlines, thinking of your audience, worrying about what people will say in the comment section. All these making blogging an exciting, romantic adventure. I’ll even say that it’s a good profession that makes your heart race with excitement. And of course, not everyday will feel good. But that’s natural. It’s your responsibility to be happy with what you do and where you do it. If it ain’t fun, don’t waste your life. You will never be younger than you currently are today. Enjoy the moment.

Every Blogger is a CEO

As a blogger, Blogging Bliss is when you begin to accept the extent of your interests and your ability to coordinate and manage resources to transform your blog in to an audience magnet.

If you do this right, you’ll be glad you write a blog. You’ll also be happy about the work you do. It doesn’t have to be as big as any CNN blog or TechCrunch.

What matters is that you love what you do.

Sampling

In line with the message in this post, I’ll list out a sample from the millions of blogs that are lovin’ their thing.

It takes acceptance and endurance to reach the point of blogging bliss. I encourage you to write your blog in the style that makes you smile.

~ PBW

P.S. – If you’ve got a thing or two to say about this post, please feel free to express your feelings in the comments. It’s also okay to include a link to a blog (or two) that makes you proud of bloggers and the blogosphere as a whole.

It doesn’t matter the topic of the blog, just feel free to include them into your comments.

I’m Tired of Struggling to Write Funny?!

I’ve been pondering on the style of writing that uses humour to captivate the audience. The kind that makes the audience want to come back for more.

But…

I’ve come face to face with reality: humour isn’t easy to achieve in practice.

I’m thinking it’s because being funny is a natural gift. And I’m sure it can still be learnt.

I’ll admit that I’m yet to meet anyone who learnt how to be funny. I’m also yet to meet a writer who specializes in writing humour.

Is there a humour writing course out there? I’m really considering a free trial to have a feel of it.

Gosh… I’ve mistakenly used a peppered finger to pull out stuff from my eye. This doesn’t feel good. This really, really, really, doesn’t feel good.

Question!

Have you ever tried to write something funny? If you did it, was it easy? How did you go about it? Please let me know in the comments.

PBW & Beyond Blog in 2015: Long form, Short form, All form

Writing is an art. Blogging is a science.

And if you think like a social scientist, you’ll realize the power in the use of words.

Words have influenced people for generations. Words have made people think. Words have made people meditate on the events that are good, bad and ugly.

It is not always a bad thing to express yourself using words. But using words to paint a picture in the minds of people requires a constant learning spirit. If you understand this, then you will be ready.

What will you be ready for?

You will be ready for my 2015 multi-style blogging on PBW & Beyond.

It’s about the writer’s art. It is his ability to take charge of his work. Using it to help his readers get better in different areas of their lives. It is about helping them experience joy and humour – although I’ll admit, humour is not easy for all creative people. But the most important thing of all is to make the blogging experience ALL about the readers.

And so…

I’m happy for the gift of life and the grace to use my words to help you. The reason is because YOU are important. You’re a VIP. If you weren’t, I won’t be blogging.

Consequently, in 2015, I’ll be trying out both long form and short form content.

How’bout you?

Do you use both long form and short form writing on your blog? Let’s hear your experience and preferred style in the comments.