There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed -Ernest Hemingway
If you are reading this, it’s either you want to be a writer, any type of writer, or you want to better your writing skills. Either way, you are a writer. You see, there is nothing more to writing other than picking up your blue or black pen and dragging it down the lines of a paper.
So, let’s get started. The best tips of writing…..
First, there are no tips, I mean no best things. Everything you have ever been told or read, amounts to just one thing. And that is what I am going to tell you. You can call it the best writing tip of all time.
Secondly, there are no born writers. There are also no tutored writers. There are only writers. People who picked up the pen one certain moment and started creating life forms. You see, writing is an act of creation.
Nobody is really taught how to be a writer in schools, technically. What is taught is mere history; what a certain writer did with his pen, the type of life he created with it, the message he relayed, his style. All these got espoused by other writers and in a way became conventional. You see, the history can influence you, but it can never make you become. It is like learning about Isaac Jasper Adaka Boro. You get to discover that he was a police officer, you learn about his style of policing, you also learn about his freedom struggle, but you can never acquire what drove him.
For me, I was neither born a writer or taught how to be a writer, I just became one in a particular rainy morning. I took up the pen, it bled black and a poem was born, then a writer became.
So, let’s get back to our tip;
One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple -Jack Kerouac, The Dharma Bums.
You see this quote, I love it so much. But there is something I dislike about it. What is even the ‘right words’?. That has been a problem to most persons. Finding the right words. And for all eternity they continue to search for the right words. Right words do not exist. Only your words. My words. How do we even quote people? Simple. They invented words and they gave themselves the conviction that the words were just right.
Now, to the second part of that quote; ‘and they will be simple’. I once worked with a group of young writers via whatsapp. Everyone wanted to write the most complex sentences, the type I call lettered steels, uncrackable codes. At the end of the day, what we set forth to achieve ended in a fiasco. Don’t get me wrong, you can be as complex as you want to be in your writing, but don’t let it impede your progress, because it can. In a nutshell, don’t wait for the other words when you have these other words dripping from your pen.
Writing is a creation of life forms. This is a quote that has guided me, personally. I nurture this quote like am carrying an egg. The day I realize my pen don’t just create but that it create life, was the day I started my match towards finesse. Consider yourself giving life; a god. This is it. The tip of tips. Now, how can you be a god and not wake up in the middle of the night to see how the creatures are faring. Imagine you wake up in the morning and you get very close to asphyxiation because God forgot to unlock the oxygen tap. Imagine at 11:00 am, there is still darkness everywhere because God overslept.
You see, one thing about being a creator is consistency. Improvement comes naturally with consistency. The caliber of life forms you create is a function of consistency. Have you ever written anything and later discovers how amateur it was?
Let’s stop here.
There are no best writing tips. Just get to know how precious lives are and start creating.
An army general once told his Gardner to plant a certain tree. The Gardner looked at the general and said, ‘sir, this tree takes twenty years to grow fully. Let’s plant another.’ The general looked at him for a while and said, ‘then let’s start now.’