My musing on effective writing


I wrote this article as an original journal entry, but I saw it this morning and felt to share it with you, writer, reading this blog.


As I seat before my laptop, hands positioned on the keyboard, I do not know what to write.

I’ve learnt some skills of the craft and armed with the structure of a story: I know about the SCOOP method, the Content-craft-connection method and many others, I have practiced grammar.
My teachers in the craft have hammered into my subconscious that a writer should write everyday.

I want to but find myself not being faithful to that creed.

And I ask myself, why?

I’m the only one in the room, but I hear a voice tell me: the secret to write meaningful words everyday is to live a meaningful life everyday.

I think I understand:
When I just exist – barely get by the day – I do not live meaningful.

When I do not really learning anything new, when I do not interact with people or at least the characters flying through my head, when I do not walk few steps more into the uncharted territory of my life, I do not have words to write.

The principles I weave into my story receive meaning when I’ve lived it or at least learnt it. The characters come to life when they reflect me or someone real. I portray forgiveness when I know what it feels to be offended or forgiven.
My writing makes sense when I live a life that makes sense.

My readers learn from my write ups when they are real.

When I write from my heart, the words move with the spirit and touch the hearts of my readers.

But, now, 10:28am, I ask God to help me.
My writing is as important as my life. It hangs on it.

Written on 12/05/2013

Joshua Babarinde

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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