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The most important thing you need to work on as a writer

pexels-photo-261734As a writer, it is important to work on time management.  It is crucial. This is so because it will make you meet the deadline for submitting your assignment in time. If you are a freelancer, for example, writing for different clients or media houses, you have to make sure the work is delivered on time to your various clients on time.

Secondly, you must be good at budgeting. Sometimes you need to travel places to get stories, you need to register to a library, and you pay member fee. There are other daily bills to pay. It is important to you as a writer to avoid waste of hard-earned cash.

There is a need to prioritize the use of money you gain from writing. Spending wisely help in meeting the cost of improving your writing business. Writing is a business like any other. It is worth investing time and money.

How you can spend money improving your writing business

It is important to invest in purchasing good books, pay a fee for a short training on a writing course, paying tuition for a professional writing training, attending a workshop, or a writing conference. It is a simple finance management skills, not a complex one, is what I mean.

Seeking knowledge to improve the quality of your writing, and making your work readable, informing, educating and entertaining one, is what sells in the present competitive market. It is advisable to attend even if a short writing training. This will equip you as a writer, with skills to produce work that sells itself in the market. There are a lot of online training, lectures on YouTube, which are of benefit to writers out there.

There are a lot of blogs that provide advice on writing, how to earn from writing, how to make your writing great,  how to become a writer, or just type anything you want to learn on the search engine, you will receive a free advice. That is what I do myself. You can also join writing clubs, online book clubs; you will benefits from that, receiving a free knowledge.

Third, read widely. Good, the bestselling and established author read a lot. To produce good writing you must read a lot. Most writing ideas are got from reading work of others.  That is where you can get gaps or what other authors have missed, and you can write something new and original. Reading opens up your mind to the world of writing and dips your thoughts into the sea of ideas.

Good readers write and produce good writings, of high quality, that stands out in today dense and competitive writing market. Reading makes you learn, it makes you discover and develop writings styles, it makes you know what writing market you can penetrate, it can lead to possible paying publishers, and it makes you find to hide out paying writing market. It will improve your language skills, grammar, and vocabulary, and gain knowledge about the subjects you are writing on and master its trade.

I am a published author, and I do understand my strength and weaknesses. It is good to know and understand yourself, who you are first, then dive into the world pool of writing. Many writers admit that they have received hundreds or even thousands of rejection letters, some say they were almost losing hope to write, but they kept on writing and submitting their manuscripts till they got published, and are now established authors, and earn well too. I have also received about ten rejections before I got published. I will highlight the worst rejections I have ever received, to me.

I once received a rejection email from a publisher that read, “You have a story to tell, but, you don’t have the language to tell that story”. It said. It was heartbreaking of course, morale killing rejection. I missed being published by a widely read, and prestigious publishers, but still was happy because I had a story tell than having nothing at all. It is the hardest part of writing I have experienced, and I am sure someone else will tell you the same. It is always good to have something to write. The language I can still work on it.

I had to appreciate myself because I don’t suffer from what is called ‘writers block”, or lack of ideas, yes language deficiency!  there is room for improvement.

I received another worst rejection that the sender of the email asked me if I have translated the story, from another language. I reply no with the capital “N” and capital “O.” she also complained of vocabulary and choice of words. I learn that the environment where I live, and where she lives are totally different, I am describing a scene in a remote village in Kenya, where we describe houses as huts, while the publisher is in a big city with skyscrapers.  I like it because it seemed she was interested but she could just use my work.

As a writer struggling to be published frequently, I so there is a need to converge in my writing career to survive in today’s market. I have to be smart enough to smell stories worth telling and spreading. I have to be creative and innovative of ideas that audience want and long to read.

Tools for good writing include; language, pens and pencils, notebooks, a smartphone, a good laptop connected to the internet of course, or a desktop, audio recorder and a camera. I need also to have a network of fellow writers, and publishers. A good network will earn me a job, I trust, it may lead me to get a contract with a publisher. Networking is a resource to stay in the world of writing and publishing, in simple terms in the world of communication.

A writer has to access to a good library of books, magazine, newspapers and digital library enabled by the internet. Subscribed to blogs and website on writers market, here is where we get alert on writing contest to participate, writing conferences and residence MFA, where you as an upcoming authors, I have a chance to meet established writers and resource persons to help you, advice you on how to survive in the world of writing.

It is important for writers to be well equipped with research skills. Through research you can produce good to read stories, well-sourced stories, research will also help in getting the market for your writings.  Good to read stories are produced by good readers and skilled in research authors.

Thirst for knowledge, love to read, love writing, and love to research, to me, is what defines the daily routine of best writers.

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Honoring Your Reality: My Writing and Real Me

imagesAs a person I love writing. I love reading too, with a passion. I have my daily work to earn a living; to balance the two is my routine for five days a week.  Real me, my consciousness tell me my writing is what is important to me, but at the back of mind, the job that pays my bills  comes first than my life plan for writing career. So, life goes on balancing the two, day in day out.

Despite of all these I have life to live. You can remind me that life is short, if there is a need, but my wish is to have enough to pay my bills, I will dedicated my available time to writing, leave my present job and make writing my daily jobs. As an author, I am facing a number of challenges to execute my writing jobs.

First of all, getting real client is a challenge.  Who will payment me daily, weekly, or monthly for writing?  This will include lack of idea. I can’t really say, I lack something or ideas write on, because what I wish to write is what a client needs. That means the client is with the idea. If a client tells me she or he wants a business letter for example that is the ideas. So, I paying client comes along with an idea. Secondly writing takes long to sell, to be published, and to start benefitting financially. The reason why I must have other side hustles.

Why am I still working and writing only when I have some time?

You may ask me this question. As much as I wish to, I have limitations. I remember about three years ago, when I started writing and getting published, it felt good to be read by many people for example, in a national newspaper or an international publication, but how frequent will you be read, matter a lot, a writer admitted that, it is easy to steal a gun from a police station, than getting published, in Kenya. This is true for upcoming authors, almost everywhere.  It is just like getting a job these days; you must at least have 2 years of working experience and for a paying publisher to use your articles, or, your books you must have been published before.

Why am I not getting immersed into the world of self-publishing?

The world of self-publishing is not easy and free as some may think. I have my three books manuscripts with the publisher now, but I haven’t paid the firm to initiate the production of hard copies, eBooks, and paperback so that I begin selling and start earning from my writing, so money is a challenge too.

Who is really me?

I do errant jobs; freelance jobs, to earn, and when it is time for entertainment or to rest, that is when I choose to write or read. I know I can make some cash from writing, and I have ever tasted money for being published before; I have felt great being read, but it will take like three to four years to depend on it, I need just to establish myself as a professional writer before leaving the job that earns money at the moment.

Really I, now need money to pay my bills, and even pay my self-publishing, and earn more and I do hunting for paying publishers at same time.  I need at least to move around, to a quiet environment, and concentrate in my writing, let the words flow to the page, I do need to stand alone first before leaving my daily job, and get into self-publishing. When the product of an author, call it his or her writing does not sell, then the writer is crippled financially unless he or she has sides’ hustles.

Some people will tell you how much he or she earns in month from writing, some people are lucky or have a good network the help them to getting writing jobs, but most is struggle and hard work, that pays.

Most people like me put more attention to what is paying them now, and do writing as a side option or a hobby or part-time jobs.

I do hustle every morning, and I read between breaks, when I am waiting for a bus at the station, while on the bus, and when I am out for a coffee or lunch break. My target every day every day is to read at least for about 4-6 hours a day. Weekend, is the time I have scheduled for writing, unless I have a writing assignment on week days, that brings a plate of food to the table or benefiting in any way. Then I sacrifice my reading time for it.

One thing I like about writing and reading is that, it is entertaining, to me. I don’t feel strained writing like any other jobs because you learn new things and Ideas every time you write or research for something new, but for your health sake, give yourself breaks of 15 -30 minutes every two  hours before you get back to writing, that is what I do myself. For reading I can read even more than three hours nonstop especially a fine reading or fiction.

What is the future of my writing career?

I am planning to have my own office, where I will report every morning to plan and execute my writing. To write in the same place, in the same position, on the table and on the same chair every day. I will do real serious writing business for at least 8-12 hours a day, this is what I need, and I think will achieve my dream.

Writing can change someone life for good and you can reach masses, and bring change to their life through writing. It is a form entertainment, way of educating masses and a medium to informing the world knowledge you have learnt from others. It needs more patience, patience, and patience. Be Blessed

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Facing the New World Stresses Managing stresses in…

Facing the New World Stresses
Managing stresses in life is what makes a human being what he or she is. My brother and I used to play like we will never play again. We acted and play role adults, we played with other village children till our parent became suspicious, that might have lost our way home, and began finding where are about. We sometimes forget we had a number problem in life because play is made our day.
We felt hungry but play was our best option as long as we had energy to jump up and down, run here and there, lift that thing up, drops down another, we push one another to the point of hurt; to sometimes extend of one bleeding or bruised. Sometimes, we felt hungry for a period of time, normally the time during which we used to have meals, after that time, we felt full of energy as if we have just eaten, we now encourage ourselves to continue playing , saying hungry is lost now we can play.
We could hardly get tired. We accompanied friends to the home and share the little food their parents have prepared. This is sweetest part of slowly eroding African culture, the child was a community property, and every one had a responsibility in bringing up and caring for children.
Today the same village where I grew up, if a child is found eating in neighbor house, is warned not eat from people’s house, reason being the child will lack manners, or fed portion, or poison, but some of us still have manners though and were not poisoned.
The world has really changed. We don’t trust one another. We live in a world where, your closest neighbor maybe a dangerous criminal or a drug dealer or hater, child abductors, child trafficker, and to be safe, we restrict our children freedom of  free play and socialize with world around them.
A friend once advised me not have a meal in restaurant in a regular basis, when I asked why, he faced me and said “This is Nairobi”. I was scared in the first place, but I gave myself courage, dismissing his advice, that I don’t have enemies or haters.
We have lost trust even from even our relationships, what is left is service, get the services want and leave me alone kind of relationship.
In 2014 I had a neighbor who was funny beyond being funny. He eats the cooked by his wife, while is present the house. In case he finds the wife has cooked the food already, he won’t eat. He goes straight to the kitchen, and he cooks for himself. When he was asked why he didn’t eat the food cooked by his wife in his absence, his response was “never trust women”. What came to my mind was, he doesn’t trust his sisters and his mother, because they are women. My question was why they lived together in one roof; sleep one bed, when you trust one another.
The wife had to pack belonging and left matrimonial home. She has to because how will live with someone who is thinks you might poison him or her anytime.
In African culture, if a man refuses to eat the food cooked by his wife, it is like he is filing a divorce. So we trust only when we see each other eyes. Happiness of a woman in Africa is her husband to eat the foot she cooks.

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