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How I Won The 2013 TMC Essay Competition – And What You Can Learn

How I Won The 2013 TMC Essay Competition – And What You Can Learn

Woo-hoo! I’m excited! In case you haven’t heard, yours sincerely has emerged the second prize winner in the 2013 TMC Essay Competition. The circumstances surrounding my participation and emergence as a winner are dramatic – and they present some practical lessons and inspiration for anyone who dreams to live the writer’s life. Passion breaks barriers […]

Have You Written Your Obituary Yet? (Bonus Inside)

Have You Written Your Obituary Yet? (Bonus Inside)

Whether you’ll die isn’t a question. You know why: everyone will. The real question is when. No one knows. Maybe it’s today (God forbid!), or tomorrow, or next year, or next century (impossible?). No one can tell. Daily, we read obituaries in national dailies or pasted on the streets and heave a deep sigh. We […]

When Practice Does Not Make Perfect…

When Practice Does Not Make Perfect…

Last Saturday, I posted this piece I wrote 2 years ago on my Facebook note. The piece is littered with grammatical infelicities, the expressions were incoherent and the flow is absent. I was amused and embarrassed reading the piece and seeing how I had struggled to assemble the words and sentences. I posted it without […]

I’ve Failed, I’ve Learnt And I’m Growing

I’ve Failed, I’ve Learnt And I’m Growing

In my short sojourn in life, I’ve tasted failure many times: I attended 6 different primary schools, wallowed in abject penury for many years, wrote more than 15 essay contests before I ever won 1, operated 2 blogs before which did not work, etc. It is part of life. But you see: I’ve learnt a […]

Great Quotes For Writers … Few Words; Huge Impacts

Great Quotes For Writers … Few Words; Huge Impacts

You see, monotony bores to the marrow. Even if a fabric is your best outfit, you definitely don’t want to wear it all year long like a goat. So today, I’m breaking a log-established rule here at Naija Writers’ Coach. Instead of the regular Friday tutorial, I’ve compiled a list of inspiring quotes – just […]

Advice For Beginner Writers And First-Time Authors

Advice For Beginner Writers And First-Time Authors

Today, a lot of writers and aspiring authors are frustrated. Getting to grips with the challenges of the art of writing and publishing drives many crazy. The frustration hit many from different dimensions and at varied intensity. For some, the problem is self doubts; for others, it’s getting someone to help edit their write ups […]

Five Ways Writing Regularly Is Like Becoming A Parent

Five Ways Writing Regularly Is Like Becoming A Parent

Ever imagined how hard the easiest child labour could be? If you’ve experienced, or witnessed, or heard a story of one, you know it’s not fun. If you’ve not, ask a friend who has. But child birth is just one of the activities of becoming a parent. There are many more activities … some scary […]