Writing

You consider yourself a writer. However, there are a lot of days on which you don’t write anything more than a post on Facebook. Then, there are days when you spend hours pecking away at the keyboard. An overflow of writing juices.

Do I strike a chord?

Overall, every writer would love to write more, not less. Is it that easy? You will be intrigued to know about author Stephen King’s daily writing achievements. He does 2,000 words a day every day! Without fail! Such discipline! What a wow!

Why can’t you do this? What’s keeping you from writing? What’s keeping you from writing more?

The most popular excuse is probably that you just don’t have the time to get it done. I hear you but that doesn’t wash. The truth is that everyone has twenty-four hours in a day. No more, no less. What you get done in that time is up to you. There is never enough time. Therefore, if writing is really something you want to do, you make the time for it during the day. Prioritize it. Do not make it a thing you do when you have accomplished everything and have some time on your hands. Make the time for it.

Again, if writing is really something you want to do, you must set writing goals. Do not be merely floating around and writing sparingly. Without goals, you don’t have any idea where you’re going. Write your writing goals down. How many articles, poems or stories do you want to finish by the end of the month? Now, work at it and achieve those goals.

Many budding writers are afraid of failure. Nobody wants to fail. Everyone wants to succeed and be good at what they do. But how do you become the best at something without actually doing it – without practice? If you were afraid of failure when you were little, you would never have learned how to walk. It would have seemed entirely too difficult to be worth all that effort.

You must conquer your fear of failure. It takes only the willing to step a little outside of your comfort zone. Start with small steps. Put sentences out there, progress with paragraphs, then you may be ready to put a full copy out.

While at this, know that you will always be judged for what you write. Learn to accept criticisms. It is part of the writer’s calling. We cannot escape judgement. What we do with it is most critical. Do you let people’s opinions about your writing steal your passion from you, or you take the suggestions and make something good out of it? Think on these.

Finally, the reason many people are not writing at all, or are not writing enough, is that they want to be perfect the first time or all the time. That’s elusive! You must not be perfect the first time (not that it is impossible, but that should not be your objective as a first timer) and you cannot be perfect all the time.

Perfectionism stops you from publishing, kills your productivity and causes you to procrastinate. These are a few downsides. Note that perfectionism is not entirely bad.

It is okay to be imperfect. Take that from me. Trust me; to be a writer you need to let go of your work being perfect. Ultimately, it is about moving forward, one small step at a time. Commit to creating something every day, constantly capturing ideas and avoiding the temptation overly fine-tuning your work; don’t take yourself too seriously, and give yourself a break occasionally. You’ll get there. Until then, put some of your work-in-progress out there.

Now that all is said and done, I want to challenge you to overcome all three obstacles I have exposed and proffered solutions for above. First, let’s agree on a writing goal for next week i.e., you will produce content every day in the coming week. If you agree with me, share this goal on your Facebook timeline. Let your friends know about it. It helps with accountability. You can find me on Facebook (name: Nana Elikem) and add me. Tag me in your goal so I can also track your progress. Make a list of topics or things you want to write about. You can also share this with your friends.

If you are uncertain about what to write about, look for prompts online and write about them. Otherwise, you can contact me and I will give you some prompts. Finally, get to work and develop those thoughts into beautiful stories, poems and articles and share them on your Facebook timeline or your blog if, you have one. You can also share them with me via email at elikemaflakpui@gmail.com.

Good luck!

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