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What Makes You a Writer

3 Things by Bunmi Laditan, The Honest Toddler

3 Things by Bunmi Laditan, The Honest Toddler


What makes you a writer is your dedication, your insatiable need to share a story, not your platform or number of readers.

Lose your agenda.

Take a break from analyzing WordPress stats.

If you consider writing your craft, quiet the social media chatter — withdraw from Facebook, sit out of a few Twitter parties and put time into developing your voice.

The conversations will be there when you return. Claim the title of “writer” today and it is yours.


Find time to write.

This time exists in what Toni Morrison calls, “the edges of the day.” Steal it from television or Pinterest. Motherhood affords us a richness of experiences and a kaleidoscope of raw emotions… weave these into something whether you have five minutes or an hour.



Get yourself a notebook.

Swanky Moleskine or 99 Cents Store variety — it doesn’t matter. I’ve gone through more than I can count. None of them are full. They contain snippets of stories, bullet-pointed ideas, letters, dreams, sometimes even grocery lists. Buy a 10-pack of ballpoint pens (three will be immediately lost) and dump them into the bag you use the most.

Carry your book around with you and jot down ideas as they come. You’ll find that some of these scrawled, barely-legible words will serve as diving boards by which you will plunge into the unknown and find stories inside of you that you never knew existed.


Contributor: Bunmi from The Honest Toddler
Follow her on Twitter @HonestToddler and her personal account, @BunmiLaditan.
Enjoy her writing at The Huffington Post.
Check out her book: The Honest Toddler: A Child’s Guide to Parenting

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  • Kristin Shaw (Two Cannoli) May 29, 2013 at 8:25 am

    Beautiful, Bunmi. I loved your words and your practical advice!

  • Leigh Ann May 29, 2013 at 9:08 am

    Definitely needed this today. (And love Honest Toddler!)

  • Alison May 29, 2013 at 9:34 am

    Bunmi, thank you for putting things into perspective (stop looking at your WordPress stats – yes, this!), and for your tips and advice. I still doubt myself as a writer, so this is timely.

    (just finished your book, laughed all through it, thank you!)

  • Jenna@CallHerHappy May 29, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    I had a moleskin forever until my 2 year old discovered it. Now she uses it as her purse…very creative!

  • Arnebya May 29, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    I have these books throughout the house. Sometimes my oldest daughter will find one and ask to read it and I’ll shout NO! It’s not finished! Also, I cuss.

    But I needed to read this today as the questioning of my writing ability, the wondering about IT ALL has been quite trying lately.

  • Bugs & Sunshine May 29, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    Oh my gosh, a little star-struck right now, YOU are the Honest Toddler?! That is awesome! My girlfriend who doesn’t even have children has read your tweets to me and provided many a good laugh for us!

    Wise words today!