Writing is an ageless profession. Scientist traced it to the era of scroll when writing is done on a folded skin-like object for the purpose of recording current events for the purpose of posterity. One of the reasons why it is important is to eliminate a lot of confusion or may be misinformation oral tradition has done in the process of taking information from one generation to another. Writing is a process of documenting knowledge, art, ideas, cultural material and any others for the usage of people and general society from one generation to another. Writing requires a whole lot of thinking, observation, reading, interrogation, inquisition, inspiration, urge to teach, and of course ability to reason. It is obvious that the greatness of any nation depends on the quality of knowledge its citizens have access to. Therefore, writing is an art that all must embrace irrespective of age or status.
Writing a book can be frustrating if the direction of the material is not well identified from the genesis, it hinders writer from getting all it needs to write and come up with a best seller. This makes aspiring writer gets stuck at a certain point having no ideas or insights on what to write about, how to create a piece which would inspire others, etc. A lot of people lose it at that point and never write again.
So, if you are aspiring to write a book, writing but get stuck or thinking of writing but have no idea of HOW to go about it, dont worry; it happens to all of us but these tips can help you in actualising the dream of becoming a writer sooner that you ever imagine. IDEAS Writing first starts from writers ideas. There is no one who is trying to write something without an identified ideas or concepts upon which the writing or the book would rest upon. For instance, when i decided to write 500 Idiomatic Expressions, Meanings and Usages some years back, the idea behind it was to help Nigerian students get more acquainted to using Idioms in their daily usage of communication. This was the reason why I put a lot of usages in the book for easy comprehension. The idea behind the book ensured that non-stoppage from beginning to the end. A Writer must get the idea right at the stage of conception. Once this is done, it is almost completed from the beginning. READ WELL
Reading is very key to successful writing. You need to read the works by other authors to check out their styles, motives, flow, and even their vocabulary. You need to have good examples to follow as well as brilliant stories to analyze and apply. You also need to learn from their mistakes. While writing 500 Idioms, all the related books i read had scanty usages; i decided to make mine full of usages and so far about 3,000 copies have been sold in just a Local Government in Lagos. Reading other materials has the capacity to help you see from different perspectives as well. So, make sure you feed your brain with literature if you want to produce useful content. GET RID OF DISTRACTION
Sometimes all we need to boost our creativity is to get rid of all distractions which steal our focus and prevent us from concentrating on one task at a time.
So, make sure you turned your cell phone off and logged out of all the social networks when writing. This will save your time and energy as well as will allow you to achieve better results in writing even when you feel stuck.
Among other distractions are favourite books, correspondence, siblings (especially younger ones), or noise. So, when writing, make sure you have some privacy. Go to the nearest library or use your parents’ office to work in silence.
A writer must be a very good observant because ideas can always come from observing nature and all the things around. Where do the new plots and ideas come from? Where did the world’s most famous writers find their characters? It all originates from the real world. Thus, observing is your key to finding new ideas or concepts to write on. BELIEVE IN YOURSELF
It takes personal believability for anyone to write a book otherwise you will start but not follow through. Chinua Achebe in his book, – There was a country – captures how he thought that his next door neighbour would never ever read his iconic book – Things Fall Apart- when he was writing it. The fear came while he was penning it but he overcame it by self belief. You too need it to write otherwise you will not write anything, or at best start but never finish it. DETERMINATION No man ever get anything done who is not determined to make it happen. This is very key in the life of anyone who aspires to write a book. INQUISITION A would-be write must be a skilled inquisitor who searches for knowledge either from book, manual, map, etc or who engage people directly for the purpose of knowing new things. The information gotten from such endeavour can be improved on to form an ideas or concepts upon which a writer can come up with a book. Akingbade Adegoke John MD/CEO Kratifkomm Nigeria