So, You Want to Write Professionally

On Two Drops of Ink , I write about writing professionally. The good and the bad!!!

Two Drops of Ink: A Literary Blog

When you become a writer, your heart and mind become divided between your many selves. – Author Unknown


By Lydia Oyetunji

07/25/2017

Congratulations on your decision to write professionally. You’re obviously at the stage in your writing career where you want to get paid for your talent. As a writer who started out writing as a personal hobby, and growing into the profession after much trial and error, I feel compelled to share my experience.

Start somewhere

Most writers feel that the art of writing is a passion we just can’t live without. I would dream of becoming an author, but I never thought it would go anywhere. I was okay with that! I started writing for clients obtained from my oDesk and Upwork profiles. What about you? Have you been writing for blogs? Have you written publicly? Public exposure is what matters the most to potential clients. Seek out…

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Overcoming the Obstacles of Writing

Hello Fellow bloggers!!! Check out my post on my favorite #literary #blog Two Drops of Ink.

Two Drops of Ink: A Literary Blog

By: Lydia Oyetunji

To me, obstacles in life build character. You have to be able to overcome adversity in order to succeed and appreciate the simple things life has to offer… that’s where most of my inspiration for writing and singing comes from.

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As a writer are you apprehensive about venturing into a public forum? I often wondered how my work would be received by other writers, especially those with more experience. Maybe your desire to write is present, but life gets in the way. My fellow wordsmiths, let me assure you that many writers share these obstacles and more. Allow me to encourage you to overcome those barriers so that you may flourish in your passion for writing. I wrote for myself, content for clients, and for my personal blog, but I began to blossom more as a writer when I started writing for Two Drops of…

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An Eventful New Year

Hello, fellow bloggers! Hope the new year is treating you exceptionally well. For me, it is quite eventful. As some of you may have noticed, I’m in the process of re-branding my virtual assistant business. This process has been time-consuming but fun I must say. Most entrepreneurs would see it as stressful and a little painstaking. I look at it as an opportunity to build upon the foundation I have started and further my growth.

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My decision to make modifications was influenced by client comments. When you work in close collaboration with people, they can give you insight into your business. If you’re open to it! In my case, their subtle suggestions made sense, so now I’m running with it. So as this month moves along, you will see my new business name The Militant Virtual Assistant. I’m excited about the change.

A Total Do Over!!!

Love is funny!!! As a young girl, I wanted to own a business, be married to my best friend minus the children. During my time in the military, I was going to be a lifer and married to a lifer as well. Children never fit into life’s equation for me. One of the reasons for the end of my first marriage was because he wanted a child. That was the minor issue, but the rest is a story to be told later. In the past, when I dated which was not often I stayed away from men with young children. Well, when Jim and I met I decided to try something different. In the beginning, it was okay, but things changed. His son started to have behavioral issues that were leading him down the wrong road. So, to make a long story short, we decided to end our engagement and continue as friends. Single again!!! I thought I would be sad and depressed but what’s weird is I feel like a load has been lifted off my shoulders. I can’t figure out why!!! What is also funny is that everywhere I go online I encounter singles ads and blog websites for 40 and overs. I almost feel like I’m being spied on. LOL!!! I visited a blog, and the blogger wrote as if single at forty is the end of the world. I got a good laugh that day. Life is what you make it! Saturday, I will be forty years young, and I feel as if I’m in my prime. Life has granted me a do over!

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This year so far has kept me smiling and laughing. Definitely, good writing material as well. I hope life has been full of laughs and smiles for you as well.

 

Women Entrepreneurs Our Drive for Success🏢

A new post published on my virtual assistant blog.

The Militant Virtual Assistant

I read an article about Barbara Corcoran, a businesswoman who started “The Corcoran Group” from a $1000 loan that is now a $5 billion dollar business. She is a consultant, speaker, investor and now a TV personality on Shark Tank. I learned about Barbara Corcoran 2 years ago and literally adopted her as a perfect model of what I wanted to be as an entrepreneur.

The article “Shark Tank’s Barbara Corcoran: Real Winners Say ‘Hit Me Again’ was a fascinating and enlightening read. The report provides encouragement to other women who are in the pool of entrepreneurship or just starting to get their feet wet. To learn about the obstacles that she encountered along the way is an encouragement to all women. Barbara Corcoran has a degree in education and also waited tables at one time in her life. She is now a business mogul.

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Writers: The Biographers of History

Hey Ladies and Gents, here is another great reason to subscribe to Two Drops of Ink.

Two Drops of Ink: A Literary Blog

“To be ignorant of what occurred before you were born is to remain always a child. For what is the worth of human life, unless it is woven into the life of our ancestors by the records of history?”

― Marcus Tullius Cicero

I have always been a lover of history, so much so that I often wondered about those who recorded the events. Who were they? How did the events they wrote about affect them? What was their ultimate goal as historians? As I take the time to reflect on them and the enormous task they accepted, I wonder who has received the torch to illuminate the future for those to come?

In The Beginning…

 

The Holy Bible is one of the first sources of recorded history. Would it exist without a writer to pen its contents? Where would we be without it? It is an important part…

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Like a bird.

I just had to reblog this post byhttps://rniks24l14.wordpress.com. Reading her post was like she was looking into my own experiences with love and relationships. “It’s better to have loved and lost than to have never have loved at all.” I think I quoted that correctly but you get the picture. Stop by and like her post!!!

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How far can one go for loving oneself?
How difficult it is to love thyself?Why do we need approval from someone else?Why is there a need of someone else?

Why do we keep running after someone who would anyway love us less than ourselves?
While you may try to find yourself in others you should know this:

The only heart that will unconditionally beat for you till the very end is yours, the one that would love you even when you don’t love it back the way it deserves, it is going to fulfill each and every expectation you have with Mr./Ms. X’s Heart.


I have not got what i have always wanted in love-relations.My first relation did not work, neither the second, the third, nor the fourth, too much failure in relationships, and i still do not regret rather believe that there is something much larger…

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Risking It

In my opinion ‘risk takers’ have no fear!!! Is it because they step out in faith? Miichelle gives us a little incite into “Risking It”.

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michelle-yonah-33-of-33Risk.  The exposure to the chance of injury or loss; a dangerous chance. To risk is to jump into the unknown.  To risk is to be unaware of the outcome.  To risk is to measure the cost of an action and to choose it anyway.  Lives are built to take risks.  Getting out of bed is a risk.  Driving a car is a risk.  Exposure to chance of injury or loss is a daily occurrence multiplied times 10,000. There is no need to leave the comfort zone so carefully constructed.  There is no need to leave the house of my own making. Risk will find me there.

tightrope-walkerManaging risk is subconsciously done in awake moments.  Every decision can be narrowed down to risk vs. reward.  Is it worth it?  Is is peril or purpose?  Is it jeopardy or joy?  Consciousness takes a holiday and Unconsciousness has the upper hand.  The…

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WRITE WHERE IT HURTS

Heart felt #memoir…. I think most families have and are touched by some kind of #addiction. I do believe that whatever pain you are experiencing #writing is the best prescription.

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When I lost my son three years ago, the excruciating agony shooting through my body was the worst I’ve ever known.  It was hurting like hell. No amount of human power could ease the unbearable pain I had gone through. I almost lost all the capability to feel and to think. The writing was the only task I can manage that does not require anything I can’t. I’ve known it since young. Writing when life was difficult had been my way of life and an automatic thing for me.

I write to him every day on my journal telling him everything I would like to as if he was talking to me as well. It made me feel connected to him again. It doesn’t matter if it is an illusion I created for myself because it provided me the deepest desire of my heart to have him around alive.

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Lyon Book Promotion News, Updates and Events of Our Fine Authors.

#readers and #authors, Check out Lyon Book Promotions.

"Welcome To Cat Lyon's Reading & Writing Den"

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Welcome Readers and Friends! I have so much to share about some of our fantastic authors and their books. I enjoy keeping readers updated with the many events, news, and promo happenings with the authors I have the HONOR of Promoting.

Let’s start with my good buddy Author, Ronald E. Yates and the fabulous news of his 2016 “New Apple Summer E-Book Awards MEDALIST WINNER for Book Two of his amazing action packed adventures of his  “Billy Battles Trilogy!” . .  .  .

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The Improbable Journeys of Billy Battles

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The Improbable Journeys of Billy Battles

by Ronald E. Yates

The Finding Billy Battles trilogy tells the amazing story of a man who is born in 1860 and who dies in 1960. In between Billy lives an improbable and staggering life of adventure, peril, transgression, and redemption. Then Billy mysteriously disappears. For several decades his family has no idea…

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