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Sunday, May 29, 2011

On Writing

You have no idea how jealous I am of authors. It's amazing how their flow of words can pique your imagination and make you recreate places, people, and events in your head. Words that can make you laugh out loud, cringe with one eye open unable to fully stop reading the text, cry, panic, and shout an unexpected WTF! It's amazing how some people can make these happen!

Writing is a talent that God has given a select few *side eye at God here*. But then, given the amount of people who express their creativity through their blogs (especially personal blogs), I’m starting to think that the amount of writers out there isn't all that select. Sure, it takes some honing to get to where Stephen King, or Chinua Achebe is at, but it seems a lot of people have the inclination and ‘seed’ to make it as authors.

Different writers have their different styles, and words flow out of them differently. Also, some gather their thoughts before they put one word on paper; while some just write and see where it takes them. For example, when I started this post, I had no idea what to write about, except that it was to be about writing. 

I’ve also found that writing helps me clear my thoughts when they are all jumbled up. Sometimes the need to write something down just overwhelms me (I can’t really explain it), so I just put whatever down, whether it’s good or not. That’s kind of like therapy isn’t it? Uhm…did this post make sense? What about you? What does writing mean to you? How do you write and what method works best for you? Is it a hobby or something deeper? I’d love to know.

Recently, I was inspired to write some things down by the A-Z Blog Challenge. I wrote everything in about 3 days. If you’re curious, you can check it out on my personal blog (which is new and hopefully I won’t get the sudden urge to delete it).


  1. Erm Adiya,

    I think your new blog has given me the final reason I needed to join tumblr. Lol. I love it!

    And don't think I didn't know about your other one!!! Love it also!

    This post is true. Sometimes, for me, writiing is the run on of my thoughts, when I can't be bothered to think, then writing takes precedence. I think it's such a cathartic experience.


  2. I love to write.

    I love sitting somewhere and allowing my brain to conjure up images and people and create stories around them.

    No one (aside from a very loving partner) thinks I'm very good at it. It hasn't dampened my spirits yet though.


    Bless me with a visit!

  3. I would literally run mad without an outlet ; be it twitter or blogspot. It doesn't even have to make sense. I'm one of the write where it takes them types. I'm just grateful for an outlet. Love the post Adiya.

  4. Yeiiii! I like ur new blog :)

  5. I love the way you write Adiya!!! I know what you mean about being inspired to write though, it has to flow from you as a writer, regardless of whether other people get it or not. I mean I have a hard time understanding most of Ben Okri's books, but then he's an acclaimed author. Anyways, *clicking on you personal blog now* :)


  6. Aww nice post, and u shld write more personal posts :)
    Like i love your ads too, but it's nice to hear from you once in a while :)

  7. Yea absolutely loved it. I'm with Kitkat on the personal posts. This was brilliant.
    Writing for me is a hobby. I used to fill my table with pieces of papers of me writing random things in my head, sometimes I don't even want to share them with the whole world, now I bought a big-sized notebook so my table is back to being tidy :) And I just find it easier to write with pen and paper than typing, otherwise I'm sure my blog would be filled with a lot of stuffs by now LOL

  8. I like your tumblr. i musts say though that its kinda harder to get than blogger.
    I love this blog and the objective but its nice to read your personal stuff.
    Writing is a hobby and a way to express myself so yes i love to write. sometimes i read past post or journal entries and im taken back to that moment. amazing

  9. You really should write more personal posts.
    Loving your use of English.
    The Lord Bryon quote is spot on.
    Music, reading novels, long walks and writing keep me sane....
    Well, as close to sane as possible :)))
    Have a fab week

  10. Blessings....

    We are all authors in some form or the other, the difference is some do it for a living and some prefer to do it privately as their passion for life runs in other streams. We all have a gifts for some its being able to produce words that inspire, intrigue and deliciously frigthen us, others is their business savvy, or caring for others etc. Whatever the blessings we all in someway collectively touch and inspire each other.

    HAVE a grand week.

  11. My blogging journey started out with my personal one - sharomoke.blogspot.com - it was originally my escape from the world. I was a bit shy because I wasn't sure if anyone was going to read what I had to say about myself. It later became therapeutic and I really didn't care what the rest of the world thought LoL My friends started complimenting little things like my layout, writing technique, sharing opinions e.t.c One of them even surprised me by getting me an item on my "Christmas wishlist" - those are the nice surprises that make me feel all tingly inside.

    A year later, I started Crown Chronicles - crown-chronicles.blogspot.com - which is about my passion and it completely took me away from my personal blog. If you can manage the 2, kudos to you. It takes a lot of time and effort as I am sure you already know.

    When you read a piece, you can either understand, relate or imagine. Just know that there will be at least one person who is on the same thought frequency as you and you are not alone. So "LOL" as much as you like, tell us about your weekend or vent about road rage - we're reading!

    Blogging on the other hand can branch off into many different things like vlogging (video blogging), perhaps be recognized as one of many successful bloggers or even get invites to certain shows/events. Take Bella Naija for example, she started out on blogspot as well. Its endless!

    Don't stop what you're doing! You might be an inspiration to someone. Writing is a journey!

    Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing - Benjamin Franklin

  12. Writing definitely helps me throughout the day, I LIVE with a pen in my hand, not just notes but reminders and lists, I like lists.

  13. Blogging can be therapeutic. The relationships/ interaction with readers and commenters is fun too. I look forward to reading more on your new blog and this one too.

  14. lol @ "*side eye at God here*"

    i love writting... i'm not good with fiction and all that poetic wahala though, i write better when i'm expressing myself or telling a story about something i experienced
    I love the way you write btw, the way you put pen to paper/finger to keyboard is very...erm...intelligent :*

  15. You know I just went through the whole A - Z and I suddenly think I know you better, maybe :)

    And that is the wonder of writing, whether fiction or non-fiction, we share of ourselves. I think a lot of bloggers are writers indeed.

  16. Lol at "side eye at God". I love your tumblr and I understand the urge to delete. There’s something very personal about one’s words. The first time I left a comment on a blog, I was so stressed and I had to resist the urge to go back and delete it.

    As for why I write, I primarily write for myself. I started writing when I was little as a way to make sense of my life, my personality and my experiences. I think I still do that to a large extent. Though I didn't know it at the time, writing became a sort of therapy for me. It's very interesting to go back and see what I wrote a few years ago. In some areas I can see exactly how much progress I have made and I can also see what my long standing issues are. Now, I’m trying to expand my subject and that's why I started blogging.

    As to method, I’m not sure exactly but I think I have a bunch of thoughts first which I pour out then try to organise later. I usually have an idea where I’m going before I start though.

  17. Writing is a gift,one of the easiest and sweetest ways to express oneself!

  18. I really do agree with that quote and pat you on the back for this post
    well written


  19. wowww,very nicee,writting is an escape for me from my world of sorrows and misunderstanding,i hate these new form of writting on a system,i love to waste paper.
    Didnt kniw abt ur personal blog,what's the addy?
    Keep going yhu on track.

  20. Thank you so much for this comments! It's so interesting seeing what writing means to you and how it affects you, and all of us. It's so important, and i'm only just realizing it i think.

    Thanks for sharing guys! :* :* :)

  21. Haha, I love to write and I am still fascinated by writers, especially poets. That's one genre I can't get into. It's amazing how a person can be sitting down staring at the ceiling and make up an inspiring poem in an instant.

  22. Yea! i admire authors...they are so deft with words...lol @ *side eye to GOD*...writing is therapeutic..pls don't delete your personal blog ooo...weldone on the Z-A challenge..i no get liver to do am..hahahhaha

  23. I love the post. I agree with you completely. Writing has gotten me through a lot. Checking out your tumblr.