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Six Super Secrets To Becoming A Superstar Scribbler

Six Super Secrets To Becoming A Superstar Scribbler

Who doesn’t want to know how to write right and become a proficient essayist? Nobody is raising hands! Why is there no response?

Foolish questions, right?

Yes! They’re ridiculously idiotic questions. I know they are, sure. But they’re very relevant queries. They give us a glimpse of the universality of the craving for proficiency in writing.

I have not lived long on earth – just a few years more than two decades. But I can tell you that I’ve met and interacted with many people, with varied orientations, backgrounds, inclinations and interests. I haven’t found for once – or heard of – anyone who would aver with impunity: “I hate writing! I do not wish to know how to assemble words in print to express my thought and sell my views.”

Have you ever found or heard of any such person? I bet you’ve not. Great! So what you’d find everywhere are wishful writers all too reluctant to give the craft a starting shot. They wish to write, but wishes aren’t horses.

If you’re one of these people, all hope is not lost. You still can attain proficiency in writing, and below are six super secrets to help you transform from a wishful essayist to a gallant one.

#1. There Are No Secrets

Many people ask me: “What is the secret to writing great essays?” A simple query, but no simple answer! My response in all cases is the same. The secret to writing better essays is that there’re no secrets.

Illogical, right? Maybe, but that’s the truth. Different people have deployed different tactics which worked for them in improving their writing prowess. But no general hard-and-fast pattern exists.

So I tell you any secret you’re told about improving writing skills is a myth. Of course there’re tactics of composition, rules of grammar, techniques of audience engagement and whatnot. But these aren’t secrets…not at all!

#2. Start Writing Now

If you’re serious about writing right, then stop reading this piece, pick up your pen and start writing, right now (don’t mind me, please read on). You cannot attain proficiency in writing unless you start to write. The best – and only – way to learn how to write right is by writing. Another crazy advice, you may say, but that is the truth.

Now listen…how do you learn to walk? By walking, right? How do you learn to eat if not by eating? So do not wait; no ifs or buts. Start writing now and eschew procrastination.

#3. Dare To Make Mistakes

He wouldn’t rise, one who dreads to slip. The notorious excuse given by many for remaining wishful writers is that they haven’t learnt essay writing in any formal institution, haven’t read any book on creative writing, haven’t attended any writers’ conference, aren’t armed with sufficient rules of syntax, and whatnot.

If you’re one of them, it’s a downside indeed. But these are only lame excuses. The above are truly important, but they aren’t prerequisites. You can start writing without having done any of them. Dare to make mistakes…you’d receive corrections and you’d become better.

#4. Be Consistent

Writing demands perseverance and concerted self-motivation. You’d fail to achieve proficiency as a writer except you’re consistent. If you can, write daily. If you can’t, then once weekly. If you’re the laziest of writers, then write at least once a month. If this is still a herculean task, I advise you consider other arts aside writing. Infrequent scribbling isn’t a sure way to attain writing mastery…it’s in fact a great way to remain mediocre.

One way I write consistently is to enter regular essay contests. Being deadline-driven, they get me writing always. And the good news is that at any time, many essay competitions are opened. Staying close to news and writing opinion pieces on burning local and national issues can also help you remain regular.

#5. Read Others’ Essays

Avid readers are informed leaders, and great writers too. Isn’t that what they say? So don’t just use all the brains you have…tap from others too. Read and relish winning essay entries, news reports, newspaper columns, interviews, opinion pieces, feature articles, just name it.

#6. Be Determined

A superstar scribbler is a product of unflinching commitment. At every point, let your zeal, passion and determination to write better, to express – not impress – and win laurels be burning.

Yours sincerely once said:

If you’re ready to learn the craft of writing, nobody can stop you. If you aren’t interested in writing, nobody can help you.

So it’s all entirely up to you.

Have you learnt any writing ‘secret’ in this piece? Is there any helpful writing tip you want to add to the above? Tell us in the comments.

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About Muhammed Abdullahi Tosin

Writer. Difference Maker. Entrepreneur. Author, Your Right To Write & Vertical Writing. Winner, 11 Writing Prizes.

Comments

  1. Thanks Boss!

  2. Its wonderful as your other articles : D, thanks for posting . “To be able to look back upon ones life in satisfaction, is to live twice.” by Kahlil Gibran.

  3. Hi. wow. This is great. Are you a lawyer?

  4. Btw.. I have got a question. When writing a short essay..say like a 700 word essay, is there a need to divide the essay into sub-topics or can you just write one long essay?

  5. Hamis Mkindi says:

    Nice tips..it has been a nice lesson for me cuz i have been through various essay contests but i only managed to win one only.I have considered myself a good writer but when results pop out am not.One of my essays i consider myself to be the best is the one below,but i did not make it..can you kindly highlight me its errors?
    Question was:-What does leadership mean to you?
    -Why is leadership important?
    -In your opinion, what is the most important quality a leader should possess and why?
    My response:
    What does leadership mean to you? The moment I read this statement, I thought to myself, “well here again we have the first and most frequently asked, yet rarely agreed upon question’’ .The concept of what leadership is, is complex since many questions arise when defining it as to whether one is defining a person, a process or a role.
    John Quincy Adams once observed, “ If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader’’ This statement is true indeed, leadership to me means the influence others towards a collective goal. The goal which may be attained by a mutual co-operation and a positive sense of responsibility infused by a leader to his/her subordinates through the duties that he discharge with dignity, determination and distinction.
    The world is full with a lot of challenges which are part of our everyday lives; we have seen how events move faster than our ability to control them, the global economic crisis, poverty and many others. All of these require leadership, it requires a leader, a person who can stand up and take risks and holding a firm and stable belief that against all odds everything is possible.
    Leadership serves an important function in any level of an organization be it at the family level or national and international level. It helps to maximize efficiency and achieve the goals of such an organization. The justification of its importance can be seen in a role that leadership plays. Such roles include mobilizing people to move to a particular goal-oriented direction and initiating actions.
    Also, leadership plays a role in inspiring and building morale among members to make them love and like their duties through various economic and non-economic incentives because where there is love and interest to a particular task there is responsibility and where there is responsibility there is progress and where there is progress there is prosperity and where there is prosperity there is a change and where there is a change there is a good leadership.
    Furthermore, as a leader is a philosopher and a friend, the importance of leadership can also be seen at this perspective that as a philosopher he utilizes his intelligence and experience and thereby guiding the subordinates as and when time requires to do so and also as a friend he shares the feelings, opinions and desires to his subordinates which is like the cement that seals and binds the shared idealism of an organization.
    In my opinion the most important quality a leader should possess is vision. As Theodore M. Hesburgh once observed, “The very essence of leadership is that you have to have vision. You can’t blow an uncertain trumpet.” Some people have sight but they lack vision, a leader should possess both. A leader cannot influence people if he is not a forward looking person. A leader should be able to visualize various situations from simple to complex ones and hence establish logical programs.
    A Visionary leader is thoughtful and constantly asks himself/herself as to how people are going to benefit than rather thinking of himself/herself alone. He/she thinks before he acts, since as a leader he/she understands that he/she must make high-stake decisions sometimes rapidly and he or she also understand that each decision made has a multiple and complicated consequences.
    A visionary leader is charismatic since he/she is able to outline the vision of the future through his/her inspiring actions or speeches, this makes him/her to be seen by the followers as extraordinary and this perception of the leader motivates people to follow him/her.
    A visionary leader is emotionally matured. Since he/she has a vision then he or she learns to be aware of his or her own abilities and ability to self-improvement. This makes him/her less self-centered and has more self-control and less prone to mood swings as this may interfere with his/her thinking or behavior which may ultimately distort his vision. He/she is able to endure in healthy debates without feeling insulted when challenged about his/her actions and policies.
    A visionary leader is wise. Since he/she has a vision then he/she sets in priorities in order to seek to reach a common goal of an organization, to balance the goals of oneself, others and the organization. Successful leaders are those who recognize that there are several sets of goals operating in an organization and they work to balance those goals and interests in their plans and actions.
    A visionary leader is confident. Since he or she has a vision then he or she is constantly filled with courage and confidence and while others ask “why” he/she ask, “why not”. He or she is ready to take risks and tread on unfamiliar ground. There is a saying that says, ’’Confidence begets confidence’’, this is true for a leader’s quality. The confidence within himself or herself will make him or her earn confidence from the subordinates. No follower is willing to follow or to be dominated by a leader who lacks confidence and courage. Self-confidence is related to leader’s success since it influences his or her behavior primarily by giving him or her assurance to attempt and accomplish difficult tasks and influence people which are essentials of leadership.
    A visionary leader has integrity. To maintain his/her vision a visionary leader creates a bond of trust with subordinates because his/her behavior is consistent with his/her personal values, honesty and ethicality hence he or she keep his or her promises and is trustworthy than rather deceptive. This is a good for a leader because usually leaders lose credibility when people discover that they lied or deceived them. This is consistent with a Kenyan proverb that says, “Those exercising good habits and truth are leaders’’.
    Having vision leadership becomes a process and not a goal. A person having a goal to lead is different from a person having a process in mind to make changes. A goal to lead is always stagnant but a process in mind to make changes is always progressive. Hence leadership through vision becomes a process and not a goal thus one needs to make it a process than a goal.
    To sum up leadership is about making a change. It is about doing great things and leaving people better than you found them. Africa and other parts of the world today still need leaders with vision in order to bring about change, a leader’s vision gives his subordinates a sense of group identity that allows them to work as one to attain a common goal regardless of who they are or what they look like. I concur with John Maxwell who once said, “The pessimist complains about the wind. The optimist expects it to change. The leader adjusts the sails”. This statement is true for what leadership is about.

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