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Build Your Dream – Or Work For Someone Else To Build His

Build Your Dream – Or Work For Someone Else To Build His

For creative people, two roads often diverge in a wood. One, the path of security. This is the path of compliance, of living and dying in consonance with the status quo. This is the path of not thinking outside the box, not asking questions, the path going with popular culture and societal expectations of what […]

5 Reasons You Should Start Writing Daily

5 Reasons You Should Start Writing Daily

Let’s be honest, we’ve all made vows to write daily and failed at it. Not just once or twice. It’s happened many times. I know I do it a lot. I promise myself to form a daily writing habit, and after few days, I slip back into inaction. Each time I do this, I give […]

Prose And Satire Writing Workshop By Elnathan John

Prose And Satire Writing Workshop By Elnathan John

If you are interested in writing short prose and satire, there will be a one-day workshop on Friday 14 November, 2014 for twenty selected participants. This is being put together by Elnathan John, a damn fine prose writer who “considers it violence of unimaginable proportions to ask him to write for free.” Topic Tips and […]

5 Types Of Writing Contests You Should Avoid Like A Plague

5 Types Of Writing Contests You Should Avoid Like A Plague

You’ve seen many writers win writing contests. You’re inspired too, and you want to start putting in, sharpening your skills, bagging laurels, building your confidence and making some money. You’ve been learning how to craft compelling essays and marking your calendar with essay contest deadlines so you don’t miss out any. But wait… Not every […]

7 Reasons No One Comments On Your Blog And The Way Out

7 Reasons No One Comments On Your Blog And The Way Out

If you claim you don’t love getting comments on your blog, you’re a liar! …because in reality, you love getting comments on your posts. Everyone does. But the vast majority of bloggers don’t get them.  For some of them, it’s “no comment”, always. For others, it’s one or two comments, always. Even when you spend […]

Real Writers Write, Whatever, Wherever, However

Real Writers Write, Whatever, Wherever, However

Today, I have a confession to make. Recently, I’ve been so busy (and maybe lazy) that writing is slipping into a secondary priority in my life. I’ve worked more, endured more stress, had lesser sleep and decreased motivation to write words that matter. So serious are the impediments that I couldn’t write the conventional weekly […]

Don’t Die Waiting. Pick Yourself Today!

Don’t Die Waiting. Pick Yourself Today!

For 19 years ending in 2011, she waited to be picked. She wrote 1000 to 3000 words every day and churned out novels after novels but no publisher would choose her. Within those 19 long years, she got well over 100 rejections. Yes, she got “No!” for an answer and was told her manuscripts weren’t […]

How To “Skelewu” Your Blog And Become “Doro-Awesome”

How To “Skelewu” Your Blog And Become “Doro-Awesome”

Abdullahi’s Note: This is a guest post by Muhiz Ogunwomoju (MOAB), a writer who breaks his silence with his pen and helps other people break theirs, too, for the purpose of creating change. He blogs at Thoughts By Pen and you can also follow him on Twitter: @moabsophy Admit it. You’ve imagined your blog rocking […]

Discovered: Successful Bloggers Do These

Discovered: Successful Bloggers Do These

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Vanessa Osuka, a motivational blogger at My Word Planet. You can connect with her on Twitter, @VanessaOsuka. When I embraced blogging some months back, I had always felt that it was all about setting up a blog, carving a niche, making a post…and that’s all! So, that […]

Why You Should Wash Your Dirty Linen In Public

Why You Should Wash Your Dirty Linen In Public

Not long ago, someone messaged me, “Hey Abdullahi, I love what you do and would like to start a blog and write a book too. But I haven’t won writing prizes or made consistent income. How will I convince people I’m an expert?” And I was like, why should you pretend or convince anyone you’re […]