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No Regrets

There were times

I walked through recall

With a sharp digger

In the hands

of my yearning

To exhume values 

Of time past,

But I dug in vain.

They were things

I wanted to have,

Where and what

I wanted to be,

And what I wanted to

Stick with for a lifetime,

But which slid through

My fingers like grains of millet 

and fused with history.

Taken away.

With them, I could have 

A different life.

Perhaps better than

What I have now.

And my mind kept whispering

To me about what

I should have done right.

If I did this instead of that,

I could have gotten it right.

But that’s history too.

All I have is now

to get things right,

Change what  

I couldn’t change.

And shun the voices

Dragging me into the void

to relive history the same way.

I should have regrets,

But of what use

Is going back and forth ?

Whatever didn’t work 

Might work if I tried again.

But I must not go

 through the same 

Process on 

that same road

Which led to nothing.

No regrets.

You’re Me

From the 
Crust of time
You found me,
And pursued me.

I wondered
How I could get
Rid of you and
Your annoying
And dealt you a
mounting reluctance.
Because you
Were nowhere
Near my
Lifelong intent.

You were something
I drew closer
to only when
everything else
left me to myself
And something I left
When these
things returned.

I left you
Whenever I set
My eyes on
these things
Because I felt
They had all I
Would ever need.
I was certain
they could make me
All I ever
Wanted to be.
I saw as valuable,
The things I
Valued more than you

In my foolishness,
I snubbed you
I ignored you.
I cast you behind
My mind as
My attention
Drifted away
To those things.

I sighed each
Time you forced
Yourself on me.
And hissed
when you long for
me to recollect
Myself and come
Back to my senses.
With tears
Dripping down
Your cheeks.
I thought it was
The stupidest thing.
To waste
tears and time,
Where you're
not valued.

When you insisted
In taking me to
A place nothing
Else could,
I couldn't see past
These things to value
Your genuineness
And loyalty.

It has dawned on me.
You're a gift
From God.
A thing
I'm meant to be
And do For the rest
Of my life.
A thing I need to
embrace, if ever
I want to fly.

You're me and
I'm you,
for life.

You're a thing
I love to do
For the rest of
my days, a thing
I can't do without;
The wings with
Which I fly
To a place
Nothing else
Can take me.

What Do You Do When Writing Boredom Hits?

Every story has a beginning, middle and end. The easiest part to write is the beginning, followed by the end. You get seriously bored with writing your story somewhere around the middle.

Whether you are drafting your first novel or writing your tenth book, you get bored at this point – at least for most of us.

When this happens, you drag yourself to your writing corner each time your writing schedule calls. You drag yourself there and keep writing because if you don’t you won’t finish – you are determined to finish but within you, You don’t feel like writing the same story anymore.

If you give in to your boredom, you are likely to abandon that project for a long, long, long, long time, believe me. For this same reason, lots of first drafts are covered with dust- unfinished.

How Do You Prevent or eliminate Writing Boredom?

First of all, you need to find out the cause of your boredom.

Why are you bored?

-Do  You Know How Your Story Will End From The Start?

You probably have made up your mind on how your story will end. Normally, all you want to do is jump every other step and get there.

You’re like the reader who couldn’t resist the temptation of knowing what happened at the end of a story, jumps every other chapter to find it out and gets bored with anything else in the book. You too are bored. You are bored because you have set your mind on how the story will end – it’s like you have finished writing the book just like someone that has finished reading a story.

How do you deal with this pronlem?

While writing your first draft, do not think of or put your mind to how your story will end. Write as though you don’t know how it’s going to end because most of the time, you don’t.

Let your story determine how it will end – in your first draft. Have the plot outlined but in your mind, do not limit your story to it. If you do, you’ll be bored.

Do You Think Too Much About Your Story?

Wherever you go, whatever you do, you think about this story and how you can finish it within a month. You make rapid changes in your head and plan on how to work harder to finish it up. You think about increasing your daily target to 3000 words and so on.

Well, you just have to forget about that story the moment you are not writing it. Don’t get me wrong. I don’t mean you shouldn’t t grab an inspiration that pops in your head telling you what to do next. I don’t mean you should admire your characters in your quiet moments, you should but forget the story as soon as possible. If you think hard about it, you will be exhausted and bored in the long run.

Do You Edit As You Write Your First Draft?

If you are the type who can’t resist editing on the go, you are taking a risk. You do not edit while drafting. Stick to the rule of finishing your draft before editing. It’s no joke.

Do not look at the misspelt words. or how the story sounds. Leave them as they are at this moment. Go ahead and get the idea off your head and down on the paper. Otherwise, you will be invigorating your writing boredom.

Do You Have Negative Thoughts About Your Story?

You probably have thoughts like; My story idea is not captivating enough. No one will be interested in reading it. I’ll end up with one to five people reading this. What is the use of continuing with this if the idea is not marketable?

The first time you thought about this idea, it was spectacular and you began the draft with the fire of desire burning in you. Why not finish drafting before you start the worry?

Do not entertain negative thoughts during your first draft or at any point of your story writing, It will discourage you and lead to boredom. Replace any negative thoughts with positive ones and go on with your story.

You Are Trying Hard To Please Your Readers-To-Be.

Your story begins to bore you when you can’t think of a way to present your story in a way that will interest your reader. If they won’t like it, no need!

You’re wrong to think this way.

You won’t nail your first draft thinking of how to please your reader. At the point, see yourself as the reader and the writer.

Do not forget yourself in the process – that you should write this story the way it interests you and have in mind that once it interests you, it will interest your reader.

– Are You Working Too Hard On It Or Spending Too Much Time Writing It?

Too much familiarity breeds contempt, this is also true for writing. Give it time to breathe. Give it only a little time a day say, one or two hours a day. Or, write one to two thousand words per day. Once you’re done, close it and go do something else. It’s natural to begin to lose interest in what you spend too much time with.

Do You Feel That You Are Doing “This” Same Thing every time?

You can get bored by writing the same story every day. No one wants to stay at the same risk for a long period. To overcome this, make use of the following tips.

For each story Event, Scene Or Chapter, use different font styles, colours or sizes – Change it back to the normal font when you’re done for the day.

This will help you get rid of the feeling that you are doing the same thing over and over again.

In Few Words

Do not give writing boredom a chance. Get that draft done with, write it as if you’re telling yourself a story, don’t worry about anything or anyone. Have fun.

Why You Shouldn’t Compare Your Work With Others

Have you ever felt inadequate and beaten while reading someone else’s write-up? Have you ever felt that person’s writing is better than yours?

Writers read a lot and it is interesting to know that as they read other writers works, especially, works of well-established writers, they do so to learn from their work and become better writers themselves. It is possible for a writer during the wonderful moments of reading to learn, to also compare his or her work with what he or she is reading.

When I began reading Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Half Of A Yellow Sun, I found out I was such a poor writer. I noticed that what people say about my writing was not true. I was nowhere to be found laid side by side with Adichie. I got so tiny in her imagery and literally disappeared in the captivating and thrilling way she tells her story. Not only her work but also works of other great authors.

This happened for a long time that I stopped writing all my stories because I felt they belonged to the bottom part of the refuse dump. They didn’t measure up at all – “low standard” became the issue.

I put my weiting on hold to master the writing art of these well known authors. But you know what, I found out I couldn’t write like them. I couldn’t write like Adichie and I couldn’t writer like Achebe and the rest of them. But I can only write like me.

I can write like me!!!

These authors are my role models, models I can’t write like but can measure up to. I try to work hard and become a good writer just like them through my own style of writing. I whisper to myself each time in a funny way;

I’m as good as everyone else with my own unique style

What Happens When You Compare Your work with others?

We all have our writing fears and these fears are inpacted in us by our own negative thoughts and other people’s negative comments or attitudes towards our writing.

Somehow as we journey on the path of our writing life we try hard not to allow these negativities to weigh us down. But when we compare our works with others harshly, we confirm our fears. This brings a feeling of hopelessness.

What Does Comparing your Work With Others Do To Your Writing?

You feel that you’re not as good as them and this gives you the assurance that you can never be as good as they are. Your writing zeal diminishes and eventually dies off. Consequently, you begin to see writing as what belongs to them and not you. Since you can’t beat them and can’t join them, you better get going – it’s time to find some other things to do.

You keep seeing these defects your work has which theirs don’t have. You forget about your own writing skills and focus on theirs. You see their writing as of high standard and this overwhelms you.

What Should You Do

It’s human for you to notice the professionalism with which they have written that book but do not dwell too much on it on how good it is. Instead, see it as a means to model your own work instead of comparing it.

During modelling, you review – look at other people’s works, find out what you like about them and look for a way to improve your own writing.

Why You Should Model Your Work Instead Of Comparing It With Others.

There is no judging of your work during modelling as is the case with comparing.

Modelling helps you get better while comparing makes writing more difficult and eventually impossible.

Writing Tips;

1. To survive as a writer you need to have confidence in your writing.

2. Always remind yourself that you are unique in your own way.

3. Shut the door against negativities in your head and those from others who think you’re not good enough.

4. If you find someone’s work to be good, focus on what you can learn from it and ways it will help better your writing get better.