🔇🙊Silence! Writer at work!
You'll discover yourself in a place of patient waiting.
Seven years ago, I was waiting for the next phase of my life to begin. I didn't know where or when it would start, so I was a mix of many emotions. A slice of impatience, a dollop of annoyance, a pinch of resignation.
Though I was a happy chicken farmer, something was missing. Then a fortuitous meeting with someone in a 2go chat room of all places, began a journey that's given me joy to this day. "I read your Facebook notes. I think you're a really talented writer," he said.
I laughed long and hard. "You're mistaken. I am not." "You are," he insisted. "Why do you doubt yourself? Look, I challenge you to write a 1,500 word short story or essay. Whatever. Just write. If you fail to do so, you owe me a 1,500 recharge card." I was terrified! "I've never written fiction before," I said. "Except you count those composition pieces I did in primary school like, 'How I spent my Christmas Holidays." "Whether you've done so or not, write." So I did, fears and all. A thousand five hundred words - writing them was one of the hardest things I've ever done. When I finished, I posted it on Facebook. To my shock, that story, All On A Parent's Résumé, was hit!
I haven't looked back since then. I went on to write a novel of over 70,000 words. Now that, was another kind of hard work! 😂
Today, I want to say a huge 'thank you' to Ebuka 'Yakadude' Igbkwe. Mon ami, I doubt you'll ever understand the magnitude of what you did for me. That little seed you sowed has grown and crossed the borders of many countries.
Today, I teach others how to write. I share the lessons I've learned from my journey, and help others birth their writing dreams.
If you'd like to join my online creative writing course, all you need to do is slide into my DM, send a message on WhatsApp to 08021140240 or an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, and we'll begin your writing journey.
The fee is 10,000 naira and we're starting a new session on the 3rd of September.
If I could do it, so can you. Come and write, fears and all.
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