My Message to Aspiring Writers

What inspires you to write?

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By: Lydia Oyetunji

Do you have a talent or hobby that you love to indulge in? You may love it so much that you wish you can do it for a living. Writing is a talent that brings me that level of excitement! Who wouldn’t want to do what they love for a living?
I have always been a proud literary nerd. As a child who suffered severely from asthma, books were my best friend, pen and paper my side-kick. When my siblings were filling their Christmas lists with the latest games and toys, books were always at the top of my list. In grade school, Thursday was my favorite day of the week because the class visited the library to check out books. Remember school-wide book fairs? That was a treat as well!

There is no cure for what ails me.

My love of books infected me and created…

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Why should I blog?

What are your reasons for blogging? I blog to educate, entertain and to promote my writing and the writings of others.

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Photo courtesy of University of North Georgia Press

Take a good look around you, there is something interesting happing in or around your life:

I was sitting in a creative writing class with Quinten Falk, a very well know writer and film critic in the U.K., and I was listening to a young student lament about her writing. I often study young people like some new-fangled phenomenon. I watched her and listened, as I frequently do with the younger people that I’m in college alongside, looking to cut to the chase of her problem and offer a solution, if possible.

I love to watch young people ponder their situations. I always hope to see them emerge from the fog with a clear path in mind. I like to offer suggestions if the circumstances are right. In this case it was easy, she needed to write and to chance exposing…

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Memoir: Your Story, My Story, Our Stories

Learn how to write your memoir from Marilyn Davis. Read this and other informative articles on Two Drops of Ink.

Two Drops of Ink: A Literary Blog

By: Marilyn L. Davis

“Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy—the experiences that make us the most vulnerable. Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.” ― Brené Brown

Memoir: Your Story, My Story, Our Story Two Drops of Ink

I’ve created a truth for myself over the years. There is nothing new under the sun; the experience wore my face one time, and yours another. In other words, there is someone somewhere who shares the experience and the way out. How might this approach prove invitational to someone struggling with an issue in their lives? By letting them know that others have overcome significant obstacles, made changes and now live better lives.

The memoir tells the story of the…

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Creative and crazy is craved

Another awesome post by Scott Biddulph on Two Drops of Ink.

Two Drops of Ink: A Literary Blog

The Labyrinth of the mind: http://upload.wikimedia.org.

It`s often said that creative people are at best a bit mental and at worst—completely nuts. Although I don`t consider myself nuts—and neither do the people locked away in mental institutions—I sometimes display the behavior of a man that might need some meds (laughing).

I saw this very claim in raw form at a recent Spoken Word Poetry event (some call it Slam Poetry) hosted by University of North Georgia which featured #Neil Hilborn. I wasn`t sure how to take Hilborn at first. I did enjoy several of his poems but I have to admit I think he`s found a niche in his own admission of being OCD, neurotic, and basically, all around, mentally ill. I left with the odd feeling that crazy was profitable for some. My point is that we all have a bit of neurosis and that`s okay. I believe…

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The Importance of Writing

When I was asked to write about “writing” I was immediately excited. My excitement was not just because I love to write, but because there were so many ways I could approach the subject of writing; all of which allowed me to be imaginative!

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I chose the “importance of writing” because writing is an essential part of my life, whether it is my blog, expressing my thoughts and feelings to others, or in my professional field as a virtual assistant.

Writing is important because it gives us the ability to express a thought and deliver information, using words or symbols. In the simplest manner, writing is: words and symbols on paper.

We have grown considerably from the old way of jotting out letters, essays and greeting cards.

Writing is involved and evolving: we text, email and utilize blogging as well as other types of social media to get our messages out there for others. We now write on a MacBook, IPad, Laptop, and Smartphones.

Conveying the Important Information

Have you ever attempted to express an opinion or provide information about a subject but didn’t know where to begin? Outlining your ideas, thoughts seems like a daunting task for some; myself included some days.

However, if I begin by brainstorming and developing various aspects of my topic, I find I have a lot of information. Then I can begin to research all the diverse aspects of my subject and help me solidify my writing objectives.

What is The Important Objective in Writing?

The ultimate goal or objective of any writing is to ignite a particular reaction from the audience. The way in which you use the words in the composition determines the response of the reader. What response are you hoping to receive?

Whether writing to advertise, educate, deliver a speech or entertain; the way in which you choose to present the topic is important. Determine the type of audience you intend to attract.

Research and brainstorm any topic and write, just don’t forget to rewrite; it’s not as in-depth as you may think, and it pays off in the end.

Writing does not require you to be a creative genius or literary scholar. All you need is the ability to convey a thought or emotion in the form of words.

I often find myself writing articles, advertisements, call- to- actions, and blogs, for those who deem themselves incapable.

It is not that they don’t have the ability but that they don’t know where to start. Begin by writing down the subject matter of your composition that may consist of a compilation of thoughts, research and statistical data.

Once you have completed this process, you can start to build your final piece from there. My advice is to write from the heart even when including all other information.

My joy of writing comes when I write using my voice and emotions coupled with all other data.

And it’s that personal quality that makes my writing important to me; it’s authentic, easily understood by others and just maybe in time, it will have importance and give hope and encouragement to someone else to find the importance of writing.

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Lydia Oyetunji: The woman you want to meet.

Personable, dependable,confident, different and some even say weird. These are just a couple of the descriptions I remember off the top of my head. I welcome them all and I actually agree. As I sit back and take the time to introduce myself to the world, I also get to honestly assess myself as a person.

I am a proud American veteran. Yes, American don’t let the last name fool you. My greatest accomplishment was my four year service to my country. I would do it again in a heartbeat!  I’m an entrepreneur, virtual assistant and a closet writer. Don’t get me wrong I write articles for clients and I just started blogging. I have been writing short stories all my life.

Enough with all the boring stuff. LOL!!  I’m fun loving, whenever you see me I’m smiling. You’d be able to hear it in my voice. I start each day with yoga, quiet meditation and reflection, then prayer. I pray for the world…. I love people, animals, plants, food. I love the idea and the feeling of love and happiness. For me the cup of life is always half full, almost running over, never half empty. Wait now… I do have bad days!

As a 37 year old woman in a second marriage that is going nowhere fast. My husband lives in Russia, yes… Russia. I have not seen or touched him since June 2012. I have no children and at this point don’t foresee it. This is totally different than what I dreamed of as a girl. I saw myself as a wife, mother and journalist. I love what I do as an entrepreneur and virtual assistant but yes sometimes I feel like something is missing. On the other hand I have a care free lifestyle, I can do whatever I want it’s only me. I have been alone for so long it would almost feel strange living with someone.

Music is one of my favorite past- times. I love all genres, Frank Sinatra, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Chuck Berry, Mile Davis, Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane, Katy Perry, Jay- Z, and Beyoncé. I can go on and on, all of this and more is what you will find on my IPod or computer. Movies choices range from chick flicks, action, documentaries to comedy.

I love poodle skirts, cars and music of the 50’s. Gladiator movies, murder mysteries and documentaries. There is so much to love in history and fantasy, which spark and feeds creativity.

Go Patriots!!! I Love Football, hopefully we can get a break this year. We need a ring! LOL!!! “We”, maybe they will give me an honorary super bowl ring. Nascar driving is always good and I have been a few times when I lived in Florida. I was also gifted with the Nascar Driving Experience, it was totally awesome!!! I love Dale Earnhardt Jr., he really deserves a season win.

My ideal day is shopping for a sexy dress and stilettos, getting a manicure and pedicure for a great night at dinner.  The following day you may find me at the gun range or suited up for paint ball. Oh, I forgot to mention I was an expert shooter in the Navy. I’m still pretty good if I must say so myself.

Peace, happiness and love are my daily mantras. So, yes I will definitely say I’m the woman you want to meet. A lifelong friend, sister from another mother, kindred spirit, hard worker. This my friends is me, Lydia Oyetunji. 

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