When writers dream

When writers dream, they dream of a world where letters fill the page in meaningful arrangement. They dream of book signings, encouraging feedback and testimonies from their readers. They dream of a continuous stream of inspiration.

Then they wake up.

At times, some of these dreams come true.

There are days when I sit at my computer and not want words to write. Like when the inspiration for Donut came. It was as if someone poured the words into my heart and reminded me of relevant scriptures that explained the theme. The personal experiences I shared flowed naturally and fit the existing thought fabric. The first draft was complete in nine days, and ten months later, I am still sure these were inspired words waiting to transform lives of young people, one reader at a time.

There are other days, when I stare at the bank page [computer screen mostly] – nothing to write.

My writing mentors have warned of the danger of losing the writing muscle while publishing. Unlike traditionally published works, I have to keep working to make sure the book comes out well, because I am self-publishing – see to the editing, design, printing etc. I also want to take the advice of people that have gone ahead of me – to write daily as a means of learning.

There are other days, when I stare at the bank page [computer screen mostly] – nothing to write.

However, sandwiched between pursuing publication and medical school [with its numerous attaching responsibilities], I find it difficult to keep up the daily writing practice. I find it easy to miss the muse – the whispered lessons of daily life that I usually note.

Sometimes, I am too busy to journal. Or just too tired.

When I finally get to sit at my table to type, I do not “boot” as my colleagues would say. The thoughts do not flow. The words hang at the fringes of my mind, refusing to come onto my hands. The blank screen smiles [or scowls] at me. The imaginary friends in my head refuse to talk and my word count remains zero.

This can be depressing…

Good news! I have learnt to relax and not despair.

While waiting, I can read a book that helps me hone my craft or improve my grammar – or just for the feel of literature. I can read the articles on the blogs I follow more intentionally. I can check up on my writing “friends” and celebrate their project progresses while anticipating my book’s publication.

I can learn more about young people by relating and studying. I can continue to enjoy school and my commitments in the University Fellowship.

I can pray too. And listen to God and learn.

He reminds me of my primary assignment – to be an instructed scribe [Matt 13:52] and a listener to the daily lessons of life [Isaiah 50:4-5].

Maybe one of these “non-writing” practices will stimulate me to write.

Maybe not.

Anyway, while it is good to maintain a disciplined writing routine, there is so much to learn when you do not write.

From daily life.

I will practice, I will blog, I will publish… but I will also learn to live. And pay attention to God per time.

Who else is publishing presently? What have you learnt from the journey? Share in the comments section and do well to check on the Donut project.

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P.S.: Support the Donut project. My new interactive non-fiction book on the secrets to a fulfilled life, Donut, releases soon. You can pray, give or go. [details on the www.eatyourdonut.wordpress.com blog, or request for the Motif by emailing joshuababrinde@gmail.com]


Babarinde Joshua Toluwanimi

Author: Toluwanimi

Toluwanimi believes young people can do great things with their lives. “Give them wings; watch them soar,” He always says. He is a physician by training and a budding behavioral scientist with a keen interest in child and adolescent health and development. Having worked with teenagers for over a decade, he loves to study and practice evidenced-based methods of inspiring positive behavioral change. His current project, GrandHeights, aims to provide resources and mentorship connections that inspire and empower young people to realize their life’s full potential despite negative circumstances around them. He plans to develop an establishment that will conduct research, develop effective strategies that will impart hope, empowerment, and refuge for youth and families in at-risk situations. He also believes creativity can be a transformative tool and through his start-up, Missionary Creatives, he helps nonprofits tell their stories and develop strategies to drive growth.

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