For every piece of content that is put out there, part of you as a writer is put out there.
The mere act of writing a piece does not justify you for being a writer.
Every writer understands that the process is not backwards.
You have to first see yourself as a writer before you can truly go about with doing the business of a writer.
Writing is an art form and a really valuable craft on its own. Those who understand this know this to be true. You can’t rely on nothing to produce nothing. You fist have to be the creative self that you imagine before you can truly start the work.
This idea is based on the concept that the writer in you will only emerge after you have embraced your writing self.
Yes. There is your writing self that puts pen to paper – ink to material. That same writing self is the one that hits the keyboard to produce words as emerging and effective enough to change the world for your reader.
It’s in the craft…
It’s in the craft…
So, make this your craft.
Writing from the heart is great. It exposes a part of us to the world. It provides a sense of healing and comfort in knowing that no matter what your situation is, you’re not alone.
I know this because it is a good thing.
This is a good thing because it helps to better the healing process in a way that becomes magical. It is by the use of words that we find peace in our soul.
What many seek outside can be found from within.
All you just needed to do was to look within – coz it’s there within.
Stop searching because it’s within.
Writing is a gift to certain people.
For others, it is a skill to be learned. Even for the gifted, it is a skilled to be developed.
If you can look deep into your soul and find the exact words to express what you feel, how you feel and in the way you feel it, then you have just begun. You have begun a journey into a world where every clutter gives you inspiration for the new.
That’s the writing world we’re in.
FOR THE LOVE OF WRITING
As writers, there’s much left to be imagined.
I use to think of a time when all people everywhere will come to appreciate writers for who they are. Many writers are storytellers. They make you skip an ounce of fat with the nature of their stories. They do what they do best. They turn imagination into fiction. They turn drafts into final papers. They turn research into valuable, simplified information.
Yet, there is still the group of people who see writers as lazy people who lazy about. Even though this is the case, the reality is that writing needs work. It requires a constant dedication to this craft. And it doesn’t matter what form you choose it to be.
Whether you choose to write in secret or you choose to let the world know what you do, writing is work. That’s a fact. And no one can change that.
WRITERS ALSO SUFFER
Writing is work. Work requires energy. Writing requires both mental and physical energy. If not well planned, the writer can fall into an ill state.
Like any other job, the job of writing has its own mayhem attached to it. In fact, many writers really suffer in silence. They suffer with illness ranging from depression to sleep disorders to anxiety issues. I, myself have passed through these ailments to come to appreciate the work of writers. You don’t need to pass through the same illnesses to come to appreciate the work of writers.
So, next time you pick up a book or read a blog post, realize this fact: mental work had been put in to create that creation.
Work is meant to be enjoyed. But what happens when work becomes tedious and really tasking? We, as writers, do console ourselves in the passion we have for words.
Words change lives, and if our words changed a life for the better, then we have done our part. We have done our part in contributing to make the world a better place.
I was wondering how top writers do it.
They write in a way that makes writing look as simple and easy as they present it.
They write from the heart.
And so I thought of doing my own research.
Here are the following things I learnt about writing from the heart.
1. It’s not always easy to spit out words that don’t fall through the filter.
Our brains have filters.
And so, as writers, we all have the impeccable grace to withstand anything that comes up as inspiration to us.
2. At the end of the day, it’s not always about you.
Sure, we do have problems. But every problem presents us with the opportunity to create or find a solution that works. After all, there is someone out there who wants to learn or even profit from how to solve the same problem we face.
3. Times will come when you feel like giving up.
Being tired is okay.
As a writer, there are times when you will definitely feel like giving up. But don’t let that feeling linger until it becomes heavy. You may feel like giving up before your project has even begun.
Writing is for those who are ready to make commitments to be the better version of them.
Once you’re ready to climb up this mountain and finish this race, then your journey had just begun.
“If you don’t make mistakes, you can’t make decisions” ~ Warren Buffet
That’s a quote that got my attention.
As I was pondering on the quote, I found the inspiration to write you on this post.
How to Overcome Your Fear of Writing Failure Before Dawn
Writing is beneficial to so many people. In fact, the average writer realizes that writing, whether it is done for self or for an audience, always benefits someone out there.
The lesson is that there is someone who values what you write. And true writers don’t write because the always want to get paid. They write because this is just part of them.
Writing is part of a true writer’s everyday activity. It doesn’t matter whether it is done on a blog or a piece of paper or on a computer screen. The reality is that writers don’t give up on their craft easily.
And so the easiest way to overcome your fear of writing failure is to put yourself out there.
In fact, I’ll say you should write until it hurts.
Writing is what you do; intend it and take action. You’ll get better over time.
Forget the worries about being perfect. Perfection is just a myth because true art can never be complete.
I want to write. Or let me say; I need to write.
I feel the fear creeping in. It’s aim is to keep me from doing – to make me wait for the perfect conditions to write. But I will do what needs to be done now.
In fact, let me say I’ve already started.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Do you use both long form and short form writing on your blog? Let’s hear your experience and preferred style in the comments.