Some months ago, I shared with you my six step writing process. In that post, I explained that writing is not a single activity but a bouquet of activities. You can read that post here to get up to speed.
Punctuations are vital parts of written pieces. Their absence or misplacement could make your pieces look really amateurish and unprofessional to your readers. This is because they serve as torches lighting the way to the piece for your reader. It is therefore very puzzling to see many writers ignore them, seeing such role.
Sentences are the lifeblood of our conversations.
Yes, those aggregations of words, phrases and clauses are vital to communication. Their calibre could serve as a boost to the spread of our message. Continue reading →
Whether you’re just starting out or have been writing for a long time, there are always days when you want to do anything but writing. On such days you feel like beating yourself up. Writing productivity is lost and the creative muscles are dulled (at least for that moment). Well, I am an avid fan of staying productive (churn out great pieces) and such days are always nightmares. I feel awful on them.
Truth is: every writer wants to stand out their voices heard (at least in their own niche). To attract an audience for art is a common craving amongst wordspinners.
But here’s the thing: there are usually (too) many people clamouring for attention in these niches. This way most of them go unnoticed.
Yes, there are writers never heard of.
And, It’s not that they are not good but they are just down the pecking order.
These Writers continually churn out great pieces but they remain unknown.
I was like that some years ago. I was writing great pieces but like the proverbial stone in sea drop, nobody seemed to read them. I’d write a good story but when I shared it online, I’d hear nothing. Just crickets!
I was left confused and discouraged even to the point where I contemplated quoting.
But then one day I realized that to get heard I must stand out from the crowd of Writers in my niche. I must be different.
Does this sound familiar?
Well, I’ve got news for you – you can stand out too.
First, I want you to know that: Writing, in fact, Art is meant for EXPRESSION not SUPPRESSION. (click to Tweet)
Yes, you write to get read. Writing is incomplete without readership!
How do you get to express when you don’t have a following?
How do you build an audience for your writing?
To do that, you need to:
Be prolific or
Be so good that you can’t be ignored.
This is what the law of Remarkable is all about.
THE LAW OF REMARKABLE
The law says that for a mission-driven project to succeed, it should be “remarkable” in two different ways.
First, it must compel people to remark about it who encounter it to others.
Second, it must be launched in a venue that supports such remarking.
APPLICATION OF THE LAW
To apply this law to your creative endeavor, art or work, you must:
1. Learn your craft
2. Practice continually
3. Consistently create
4. Evolve with trends
5. Build a wide network
I’d delve into each of these in a subsequent post.
You can’t stay under the radar, work yourself up by being prolific. This Will enable you get the attention you and your work truly deserve. Be remarkable!
Last week I was reading a short story online. It was a good story – suspense filled, captivating flow and well described scenes.
But then as I was reading I began to bump into some potholes.
I was irritated and had to stop reading it.
Let me ask you, Have you ever left an article because it was poorly written?
Or better still, Have you ever written a piece only to receive feedback on it saying: “nice concept but please rewrite”?
If you belong to a writing group or work with an Editor, I bet your answer would be yes!
In my little stay on earth, I’ve come to notice that many people are in the habit of imitating just everything they do. They imitate Mr. A’s dressing, imitate Mr. B’s walking, Mr. C’s talking and . . .