How to be a better person
How to be different
How to impact my world
How to create a better vibe
How to enter into your world
All of these how’s are within my constraint. I’m a writer
Writing is an art. It tells two different stories – the writer’s and reader’s perspectives. Today, I share with you how to be a better and eloquent writer readers crave for. It takes a whole lot of sacrifices and determination to be whatever we desire to be. I desire to be a renowned writer in the likes of great people like Gary Chapman, Tim LaHaye, Joseph Prince, Bishop David Oyedepo, Pastor E. A. Adeboye, John Mason, etc. Though, they seemingly make it look easy, they had paid the prices of dedication and perseverance. They had sat down drafting and thinking wild, researching and collecting every means of being able to hit the bullseye.
Here are a few points I have listed and used at being able to satisfy two sides of my write-ups.
Step 1: Believe in yourself
“Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own power, you cannot be successful or happy.”
– Norman Vincent Peale
“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”
– Teddy Roosevelt
These two quotes point at the purpose and reason behind every successful person in whatever field they have landed their success story. Although it takes time to gather the momentum and vibe of being positive towards what seems not attractive, it also takes determination and strength of positive believe in yourself. Things won’t run smoothly irrespective of religion, creed or past achievements. There will always be obstacles and those are exactly what make you wax stronger in yourself.
From my personal experience, I used to be a quiet writer. I never wrote for the public until now. I’ve always written in books and personal diaries until a day came, when suddenly someone advised me to let my heartbeat be felt through my writing. It took a while to digest that, but today, I see myself better of as a writer even than being an accountant. Believe you can do it. That’s the point and that’s the first step to being a better person.
Step 2: Understand yourself, your reader and what style you’re good at
“Until you, make peace with who you are, you will never be content with what you have.”
– Doris Mortman
“If you don’t understand yourself, you don’t understand anybody else.”
– Nikki Giovanni
Let’s be straight to the point. When you are in a relationship of any sort with someone, the first and most important assignment you give yourself is to better understand the person whom you relate with. Likewise, it applies to us. To be a better person, you have to find out and resolute the kind of person you are. You have to create an understanding between what you are and what you ask for – your temperament, your strengths and weaknesses, even your purpose and the reason for which you write. We must understand that there are a standard four kinds of temperaments which include: Melancholy, Sanguine, Phlegmatic and Choleric. These four have different understanding, relationship and reaction patterns unto different things. To be a better person, you have to know what you are, and what you want to become.
It will be deceitful if you think you are a better person and people tell you an entirely different story about who you are. I am Choleric, and people with this temperament have the good and bad sides. Obviously, getting to know who I am gives me the ability to know how to cope with people and in this context, helps me to know what to write and to whom my readers would be.
Knowing yourself also best helps figure whom you want to deliver your write-ups to. It defines your purpose, your goals and helps you to assess what you have achieved.
Khaled Hosseini said: “In Afghanistan, you don’t understand yourself solely as an individual. You understand yourself as a son, a brother, an uncle and a cousin to somebody”.
As a writer, when you start to understand who you are, the next goal to being a better person is to understand your readers.
Step 3: Understand your readers
There is a goal for writing. There is an identified purpose, and for every purpose, or goal; there is an identifiable audience (Adediji S.O., 2017).
The reason producers create and make goods is to satisfy the needs of their customers. What marketing does is to create a link between the producers of such product together with their customers.
As a writer, you’re a producer of a real topic, which possibly is about who you are. You get to market yourself by advertising your write-ups/articles. It is therefore advisable that you shouldn’t be selfish with this. What I mean by being selfish here – don’t just write to tell your pains, your struggles or your achievements; write to fit into what your audience needs are. Write to touch lives. Write to create something good for people to be conscious of.
When you fulfill these requirements, it’s at the best of your conscience that you have a personal relationship which as though might not be visible, but convincing that you’re delivering something great to your world. Personally, I write to make the world a better place.
In honor of TuPac, who is a source of motivation to me, he said: “I’m not saying I’m going to rule the world or I’m going to change the world but I guarantee that I will spark the brain that will change the world”. Understanding your reader best delivers something great that satisfies two people’s great minds -the writer’s and the reader’s minds.
Step 4: Create topics and deliver to expectations.
Nothing is more disappointing and heart-breaking than having an expectation that cannot be met. Ideally, most readers appreciate more of real stories, something that tells or shed a light to how they want to feel. They want to know that they can trust you with their expectations. They want to be sure you can feed their cravings. They want to be certain that you are unselfish and think of them as family.
Create enticing topics – those that give momentum and reasons to make them return to your books. Create conversational topics and get to relate with them positively. That’s the goal.
“I think the community that’s created within a writers’ room is a very interesting topic.”
– Jim Rash
“I was grateful to have two weeks to shoot this one scene in Harry Potter. It’s a big, big scene but they have to deliver and they have high expectations.”
– Ralph Fiennes
Step 5: Create a feedback platform
No matter how intelligent a pilot might be, how self-conscious and alert his stimuli are, he can’t possibly land a plane without a communication from the tower. There must have been some kind of communication between him and his landing tower to be able to safely get down.
“No matter how good you think you are as a leader, the people around you will have all kinds of ideas for how you can get better. So, for me, the most fundamental thing about leadership is to have the humility to continue to get feedback and to try to get better because your job is to try to help everybody else get better.”
– Jim Yong Kim
“I think it’s very important to have a feedback loop, where you’re constantly thinking about what you’ve done and how you could be doing it better. I think that’s the single best piece of advice: Constantly think about how you could be doing things better and questioning yourself.”
– Elon Musk
Nothing is more satisfying and complimentary than being able to read, understand and put into best practice how to be a better person. This is one of my best write-ups ever and I have to acknowledge that this assignment even taught me better things. It gave me a wide hint on how to be a better writer. I hope it serves you well with my readers as my target. It is my job and at my best interest to make you a better writer. I’m convinced this will certainly put you on a locked target for greater opportunities.