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Just as in swimming, the code is to keep the stride and stay afloat, there are a number of codes every budding writer and indeed every writer needs
Writing is an ever learning process, the more you write the more you know what works and what doesn’t as far as the development of your creative writing is concerned. In the words of Ernest Hemingway:
“We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.”
Simply put, writers are continuous learners.
One of such things I’ve found recently is that just as maintaining the stride keeps you afloat in swimming, there are some codes that every budding writer must abide by in order to develop steadily in the craft.
These codes are particularly important to the upcoming writer.
1. Writing is incomplete without readership
2. All Great Writing is Rewriting
1. Writing is Incomplete without readership: whether you like it or not. Even if you are writing for yourself, all writing is meant to be read. The writing craft is not a hideous one, you must show. In fact, public practice is the best way to get better faster. It opens you up to feedback of all sorts from critics to fans, giving you ample critique/criticism as well as some raves. There’s no two ways about it, if you want to develop and succeed in this craft then you must showcase your work.
2. All Great Writing is Rewriting: this quote from E. B. White, co-author of one of the best books on writing style – The Elements of Style, was very crucial to my early writing. It is natural for you to feel done with a piece when you’ve compiled your drafts, but beyond this stage lies rewriting which is hard but needful. In fact, after seeing how my pieces tend to be better when I pay more attention to the rudiments of writing, I’ve come up with a six step formula to writing masterpieces. You can read that here.
Writing without an audience is just like playing a football match in an enclosed place with no spectators. There’s no way you’d know how well you do if you don’t have readers. Rewriting is an essential aspect of writing and any budding writer who holds on to it would develop great pieces after each following of the rewriting process.
There are lots of tips on how to develop steadily in the writing craft but as far as the budding writer is concerned, these two stand out.
People today are busy beings. Buzzing with activities all round the clock. Flooding brim full task lists are now commonplace. But even with this all round busyness, some stuff still lingers on – never getting done and punctuality has become elusive to many.
Simply put, a lot of people are busy but not productive.
In a bid to catch up, many have resorted to multitasking. But this isn’t the solution either as studies have shown that the back and forth switch between tasks literally drains the brain of energy reserves. This takes away focus which leads to distracted work and thus isn’t productive.
To break it down to the bits, all efforts directed towards managing time seems to fail and many are left not knowing what to do.
But Here’s the thing: Time management in itself doesn’t work because time is a finite resource which can never be redeemed when lost. All other resources can in some way be recovered but not. It is simply irrevocable.
So instead of trying to manage the time you have, why don’t you take ownership and responsibility of it. Take charge and control of how you use it.
Since everyone has 24 hours each day during which all activities can be done and time spent, so the amount of time available is not the problem but how it is spent.
There are four active ways we spend our time
- On Thinking
- In Discussions
- On Actions
- On Distractions
A large chunk of our time is spent in the thought world. Humans think a lot. Thinking is important because it helps us recognize what needs to be done, the alternative ways to getting it done and choosing the best way to get it done. Thinking when done well can help us move forward and become better every day.
Unlike thinking which is an individual thing, discussions are group behaviors. From the face to face word of mouth chat to instant messaging and forums, discussions take another large portion of our time daily. Most communication fall under this category. It helps us hear the views of others and thus contribute in shaping our way of life.
This essentially entails doing; doing that which we have chosen after thinking or hearing the views of others in discussions. Actions are what produces results. They are the tangible ways we spend our time. Unfortunately, most people don’t take action. They simply think and talk but never do. Resultantly, they are always struggling with punctuality and procrastination
These are good for only one thing – keeping you away from getting what you need. Distractions are the number one cause of lateness, procrastination and goal failure. They simply derail you from track of what you aim for and thus you are left struggling with punctuality always. Distractions can come in many ways mostly subtle as checking your email or instant messenger and bold as “let me go on a walk, I’d get back to this later.” They cause straying away from goal leaving you a failure. Flee from them!
Your choice of how much moments, seconds, minutes and hours you give each of these active ways determine what you get done by the end of the day and ultimately how closer or farther away from your goals you get.
Make your choice. Don’t let others choose how you spend your time. As billionaire Warren Buffet has said:
“You can’t let other people set your agenda in life.”
Begin by asking yourself, what tasks do I need to do today? And how much time does each task need? Allocate time to all your tasks and fight off distraction. This is essentially scheduling.
Also, recognize and attend to urgent tasks (opportunities that can’t wait) while you work on the not so urgent ones too.
Taking responsibility for time ownership and usage will help you stick to schedules and deadlines, deal with urgent tasks and that’s how you get to achieve a lot more.
Don’t just be busy be productive.
“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”
– Lao Tzu
There was this friend of mine who some years ago decided to organise his life. He got a digital Calendar, a goal tracker and some other goal setting scheduling tools.
Creative energy is the currency of today’s economy. The extent of what you can achieve lies greatly in how much creativity you can bring to the table.
“If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.” – Stephen King .
In a flash nine (9) months have come and gone this year.
Yes, it’s October already.
While some spent these months working on different tasks – from studying to building businesses, writing books and a host of other things, others are totally unaware of how much time has gone this year and haven’t done anything meaningful.
Sure, you can thread a few sentences together to communicate your thoughts.
Ever since I fell in love with the written word and started writing, I’ve always enjoyed the art. But to be completely honest with you I didn’t just continue in the love affair with writing because I enjoyed it, there are some awesome reasons why I still write.
Everywhere around the world people are creating.
Their methods and expressions vary just as their products do. From the carpenters to the writers and the singers, people are using various creative expressions to create.
There is this notion that parades many writers’ minds concerning when a written piece is really ready to be published.
To unlock any door you must have its key. You must possess the required skills before you can effectively function at any job. So also with success, to attain true success you must know and imbibe some mindset elements.
Tons of people today especially aspiring writers are constantly on the lookout for what works as regards the writing craft. They seek what they should do to become writers. What writing truly entails.