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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 […]

What Writers Must Do To ‘Go Pro’ And Create More Values

What Writers Must Do To ‘Go Pro’ And Create More Values

In early 2011, I discovered a damn fine resource website African writers looked up to and drew inspiration from. If you wanted reliable information on the latest essay competitions, writing workshops, writers’ residencies and freelance writing gigs, it was the go-to website. It published many times daily, everyday. It announced the job opening for a […]

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 […]

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 […]

Oh, The Places You’ll Go!

Oh, The Places You’ll Go!

I’ve had a very hectic week punctuated with travellings, new engagements, inadequate sleep and some business pursuits. And to admit the truth, I’m feeling very unenthusiastic to write today. If you’ve been expecting the Friday tutorial, I’m sorry there’s none today. I’m human, forgive me. To make up for it, I’m sharing with you, Dr. […]

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 […]

Here’s The Best Writing Advice I Ever Heard

Here’s The Best Writing Advice I Ever Heard

Listen up! If there’s just a single advice I can give you about this craft of writing, it is the very best one I ever got. From Hemingway to Rowling, and even our own Achebe, this is the one guidance that has proved invaluable to all writers who lived their dreams: don’t be afraid to […]

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 […]