Failure does not define you as a writer

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There’s no doubt about it. Failure hurts; it’s painful and has a way of discouraging you.

But let’s face it, we can’t always win. The article will not always come out as you expected. There are times your editor/ publisher will reject your manuscript after several weeks and strenuous nights of writing, editing and fine tuning. And because of that you mope around for days and refuse to come out of bed. Enough is enough.

Do you know that you have the power to create your self-image, whether as a writer or as a person. Whatever you decide to call yourself is what you will be.

Even when you have made terrible mistakes as a writer, don’t let it define you. Accept that things have not worked out well and move forward. Don’t use derogatory words to describe your creative effort. You are an author, poet, novelist not a failure.

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Have you set writing goals year in year out and you haven’t hit them yet? Don’t beat yourself up. Identify what did not work, make amends and move on. If you need to get a writing coach, get one. If what you need is an accountability partner look for one and move on.

Walt Disney, J. K Rowling, Dr. Seuss are great writers, but do you know how many times they were rejected? Dr. Seuss had his first book rejected 27 times! And now he has an entire day dedicated to his literary work. How many times have your articles been rejected? Is it up to 27 times?

Whatever has discouraged you up till now should not define you. It’s time to pick up your journal and pen and start writing again.

 

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Pick of the Week -If you’re new to writing, this is what you need to know

by Adedotun Adejoorin

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If you’re new to writing, you will find this post very useful. And if you’ve been writing for a while, you can also learn a thing or two from it.

Know your audience. Every writer has a different audience. They do not have be friends or family. They are those who need or are fascinated by your work. If you are a poet and your friends don’t appreciate poetry they may not be able to give you a proper evaluation of your poems. 

Practice. You can never become the professional you want to be if you don’t exercise your writing muscles.  You need to become comfortable with your writing voice and hone your skills. This can only be done by writing. Write every day. You can never write too much. The more you write the better you become. Even if it is just half a page make sure you put something down.

You won’t make millions in one day. Every budding writer should know this. Don’t expect to make millions from your first article. Wouldn’t that be great though? This should not discourage you however. The better your writing gets, the better your income will become. Keep writing.

Read everything you can. We cannot say this enough. Reading expands your knowledge. It sharpens your mind. Read the good and bad books. There’s always something to learn. A new word, a new idea or even a new way not to write.

Crush every form of doubt. There are days when you will doubt your ability to write. You will wonder what’s so special about your work but don’t allow these moments to last long. Remind yourself everyday that you are capable of doing this and continue writing.

 

Lost your writing groove? This is how to get it back

by Adedotun Adejoorin

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There are times when ‘life happens’ and you stop writing not because you want to but because things just happen. Probably work responsibilities became too much or family activities keep you from writing.

So what happens after you have lost your writing groove and finding it difficult to get it back? Is all hope lost? Thankfully, the answer is no.

Here are a few things you can do:

1) Stop feeling guilty.

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It is very easy to beat yourself up and regret why you stopped writing. You could spend hours, days or even weeks, moping about how fantastic your writing skills were ‘back in the days.’ Unfortunately, all these will not solve the issue at hand. Stop beating yourself up. Guilt hinders creativity.

2) Read, read, read.

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A good way to warm up your writing is by reading. Let other people’s work inspire you. Read anything: blogs, novels, or magazines. Reading gives you fresh concepts, which can mix together to form new ideas that can get your creative juice to flow.

3) Keep going.

When you start writing, it will not feel right at first. It will most likely feel very awkward. This is because you have not written in a long time but stopping won’t help you. Even when it doesn’t seem like your flow is going well keep writing. Don’t stop, in due time you will get your consistency back.

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4) Have a writing schedule.

One of the reasons why writers lose their groove is because there is no detailed plan as to what and when to write. As a result, you write when you feel like it. If you want to take your writing seriously you need to have a schedule. You could commit to writing an article once every day and stick to it. You’ll gradually get you flow back.

5) Have a new experience.

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Do something new and exciting no matter how small. You could go on a road trip or visit a new restaurant. Just make sure you experience something new. Something that can stimulate your writing instinct and you can also write about it.

The trick is keep going no matter what. Keep writing until you get your groove back.

Good luck!

5 struggles that every writer understands

Being a writer can be rewarding. There is a feeling of satisfaction you get when you finally write that one post that goes viral or you get that feedback from someone telling you how much your words touched their lives. Those are awesome moments. But there moments that are not too awesome, when the struggle is quite real.

Here are 5 struggles every writer will understand:

  1. Getting people to understand that you are not just loafing around. Honestly, if we get a penny for how many times people thought we were ‘jobless’ and had all the time in the world to do nothing, we’d be rich by now.

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2. Spending precious minutes just staring at a blank word document. The deadline is looming. You know it but the words are not just coming out. You stare at the blank screen hoping, through some form of miracle, that the words will automatically appear in that word document. The struggle to write!

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3. Justifying why you should be paid a certain amount. Isn’t it just to write a few lines of copy? An ordinary blog post costs that much? “If it was that ordinary, why don’t you write it?” Sadly, we can’t say this to any client. You just smile and try to justify why it costs that much.

4. The moment you ask yourself “What exactly am I doing?” This moment comes in the life of every writer when you realize your peers are way ahead of you and it looks like you’re barely getting by. You begin to question this whole writing thing.

5. Waiting for that big moment when you break even. The joy of every writer; the moment when you actually smile to the bank. The moment when one check settles your bills for the next three months. We all look forward to such moments.

What other struggles have you had to deal with as a writer? Do share with us 🙂