Apologies for the long silence on this platform. Sharing value through knowledge and stories are time-consuming and I’ve been reluctant to do so. I have been extremely busy during this pandemic and churning out new stories or working on stories in my Work In Progress (W.I.P.) pile has been difficult. But if there is anything I’m learning, it is the need to build my tribe and cater to their writing and reading needs. And this I can do here.
Since I have been so unfaithful with my blogging even on my Life, Love and Anything Goes blog on blogger.com, I will make no promises. I look forward to using this time to connect with you and provide any assistance I can.
In the meantime, here is my take on my life as a writer during this lockdown.
I’ve been working on my Tourism column at Connect Nigeria, documenting all the effects of COVID 19 on the tourism industry. This has meant choosing to work when the boys are watching TV or taking an afternoon nap. For some strange reason, working at night hasn’t been working too well for me. I tend to be quite tired by 9 pm. So instead, I use the opportunity to read myself to sleep. I’m currently reading Red Rising by Pierce Brown. When I am not writing or reading, I am watching Cartoons and anime with the boys.
They are into Black Clover and Dragon Balls Z Kai after running through Avatar the Last Airbender and the Legend of Korra. I remember when I first heard of Dragon Balls in 1998 from my friend’s brother. I raised my nose at it saying I wasn’t into Shonen/battle stories, now I can’t get away from them. How does that help me as a writer, you ask? Well, I’ll tell you.
By watching films and animations, I am filling my mind with stories and the possibility of how to create better stories. By observing how they come up with believable high stakes, conflict, endearing characterisation, plot twists, convert descriptive words into visuals, etc. it becomes easier to understand the theory of writing when I reading about the skills and techniques of writing from other authors.
Great stories are a product of process and now more than ever, it is clear that first drafts are usually not any writer’s best work. To get a great story you might need to pass it through other writers, editors and proofreaders, to fill in the missing spots you assumed were obvious.
So if you are not churning out stories day by day, don’t beat yourself up. Commit to the process and surround yourself by as many stories as you can in various forms. Reading is just as important as writing and the lockdown is a great time to do it.
Now you know what I’ve been up to during my hiatus despite the lockdown. I hope to see more of you each week as I keep this place busy.