What Makes You a Writer
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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

Truth

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.

Tip

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.

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Find

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.

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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