How To Make Money From Your Photography and Sites To Sell Online.

Making Money From Your Photo Stock

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We live in the age of visual culture where everyone owns a form of a camera these days and we all love to take a snap or several to capture our special moments and random interesting things.

Given the continued increase in demand for great photos for varied business and entertainment reasons, because as we all know, images enhance, illuminates work and drives engagement there is no better time than now to monetize those great images of yours.

Yes, the market overflows with other aspiring and professional photographers who are equally keen on selling their own work, but this shouldn’t discourage you, rather, you should see it as a challenge to excel in your art. Even if you never become a World acclaimed Pulitzer-winning photographer, the opportunities are endless and you shouldn’t give up.

There are personal steps and some renowned websites that you could look into to start with.

From day one, start treating your photo interest as a business and create a marketing plan. Create a portfolio of your work both online and offline. No, it is not a dumping ground for every click and shot you’ve taken but a curated portfolio of great shots that makes a statement about your work and regularly showcase your work on social media like Instagram, Pinterest.

Existing opportunities by creating your own market

In other to carve a niche for yourself, you’ve got to figure out what you want to explore and express through your lens. Create images that speak to you.Make money photography, Stock photos, selling online, sites selling online, gallery, opportunities, earn money, making money,E-commerce, WordPress, Stock photography, greeting cards,

Keep working on your skills and developing your eye as a photographer. Always look at the work of other professional photographers and continue to educate yourself through reading about the latest trends being discussed in this field.

  1. Put your best work online in your photo gallery with an e-store option to sell. There are lots of plugins on WordPress such as Gallery e-commerce that provides such options.
  2. Print a large format of a number of your best images, frame them and approach coffee shops, restaurants, bookstores in your area to display them for sale for some weeks. Make sure your contact details are within reach.
  3. Turn those great shots of yours into greeting cards for sale. You could make and sell loads of greeting cards with special messages on them, like ‘happy mother’s day, Merry Christmas, Bon Voyage… Approach shops around you that would accept such cards to sell at a commission.
  4. Consider participating in art gallery exhibitions or art fairs. You can share the cost of renting space by teaming up with other vendors at the art fair.

Existing opportunities to sell online through other websites

There are lots of websites that specialize in buying and selling stock photographs online. Stock photographs could be used in website design, blog posts, book covers, magazines, posters, newsletters, ads, and so much more and because of the high demand for high-quality photographs, this can become a decent income revenue for a photographer with a large stock of great photographs for sale.Make money photography, Stock photos, selling online, sites selling online, gallery, opportunities, earn money, making money,E-commerce, WordPress, Stock photography, greeting cards,

The first step is to build a collection of photographs that would sell profitably as stock photos. Take a bit of time and research photos people download often on these sites to gain an insight on where the demand lies.

These websites offer free registration but have specific guidelines on what they want and willing to take, how to upload and tag your photos. Each of these sites has their specific commission rates and payments terms, so you should make it a point to read their fine prints and  choose that which works best for you.

  1. Shutterstock
  2. Dreamstime
  3. Fotolia
  4. iStock by Getty images
  5. SmugMug
  6. Alamy
  7. 123RF
  8. Photoshelter
  9. Can Stock Photo
  10. PhotoMoolah
  11. Snapped4U
  12. FineArtAmerica
  13. Crestock
  14. Redbubble
  15. Zenfolio
  16. SnapMarket
  17. Thinkstock by Getty images
  18. Flickr by Getty images
  19. Photos.com by Getty images

Some of these companies are big and popular thus might be more difficult to get noticed, others are smaller and might offer a better choice for a beginner to start with. Either way, these are all great options to sell your photos online and earn extra income. Now get snapping happily and do share your experience with us.

Essential Writers Tips 3

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Focus On Your Appearance

You might wonder what your personal appearance has to do with your writing especially when you are a new writer trying to chart a path for yourself.

Some writers may sit and write in their underwear, pajamas or their favourite raggy house clothes, but most times, sleep mouth, gritty eyes paired with comfortable, casual worn-out clothing translates to sloppiness.

When you plunk down in to write in a shabby state, your brain also registers that mood and you get little work done before the mood to climb back into the bed, or couch hits you once again.

Little changes like brushing your teeth and hair, washing your face and wearing clean smart clothes – not necessarily formal – makes a lot of difference.

Making such minor changes sends a message of readiness to your brain and your writing. Your appearance ultimately has a positive effect on you. Taking your writing seriously means treating it like your job and you won’t go to work in your underwear or shabbily dressed.

Check here for more snippets of helpful writing tips. Do share some of your tips with us. I love learning new methods and best practice.

Become a writer – transform your inspiration into words.

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Ways to transform your inspiration into words – Part 2

Many times I’ve met people who express their wish to become a writer, but they haven’t been able to transition into taking their writing passion seriously due to other pressing exigencies, thus their wish to write keeps taking the back burner.

Important lessons that I’ve learned about writing is – that there will never be the right time to get started because life keeps happening and secondly, you have to treat your writing like a job; whether it’s started paying or not.

Your writing is not something done in a haphazard way if you truly want to make some meaning out of it.

I suggest that you take a look at Part 1 of this series on how to become a writer to help you merge both series.

Write what you know about

When you are familiar with something or a topic, it’s far easier to write about it in more depth and details. The realism of your story shows in your words and ultimately translates to a better read. There might be times that you want to dabble into a not so well-known topic, you would need to do enough research to comfortably express your thoughts.

Grab your reader’s attention

Help your readers to see through your eyes right from the beginning because a readers’ minds could be very selective. You’ve got to give them a reason to pay attention to what you are saying. To do this, there are some techniques that you could use:

  1. Start with an opening that arouses curiosity to know more.
  2. Use the emotional and sensory approach. Our experiences and perception of things are through our senses and your words should draw on the sense of visual, hearing, smelling, tasting, touching and emotions which will often compel your readers’ own imagination as they vicariously experience what you are writing.
  3. Add concrete details that would help to give a sense of understanding of what is happening in the writing. Instead of using generalist terms to describe an image – a man in a white shirt, be more specific – the tall man in a white shirt with a limp in his steps.

Structure your story

Sometimes achieving the natural progression of your story by writing chapter after chapter in a linear structure of beginning, middle and end, may not be as easy to do as we would like, but you could take up your story from its climax – if that comes easier – and then backtrack to flesh it out as you go on.

Choose a point of view

The point of view you decide to use is largely dependent on the information that you seek to communicate. There are various POV’s that could be used in writing. Let’s take a brief look at them.

  1. The First person POV could be used when your main character is telling the story. Here you use an ‘I’ narrator and your readers’ experience of the story is through the eyes of the narrator. The first person POV could equally be in the plural form ‘we’ when there’s a collective number of narrators. The first person POV could be a detached narrator who might be a supporting character in the story.
  2. The Second person POV. This is most often used for instructional writing which it told from the perspective of ‘you.’
  3. The Third person POV is the most commonly used point of view in writing. The third person uses ‘he/she or it’ narrator and your narrator is not a character in the story.  The third person POV has three main types:

The third person limited POV which limits the point of view to one character. The narrator is only privy to what the character knows, therefore the vision would get smaller and limited.

The third person multiple. Here the narrator can follow multiple characters in the story by using he/she/it, but the onus lies on you to make sure that your reader knows when you are switching from one character to the next one.

The third person omniscient. This point of view offers the narrator a free rein in the story where the narrator knows everything and is not limited by what one character knows. Your narrator in this point of view could even know things that others are not aware of.

Keep it Simple

Starting with simple sentences is the best approach. Yes, your vocabulary might be extensive and you love to toss those fancy words into the mix, the usage of bogus words right from the onset throws readers off-balance. Your need to give every reader who comes across your writing an opportunity to understand and appreciate the information.

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Essential Writers Tips 2

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When writing, focus on the intention of your writing. What message are you trying to convey? Do your words express your message as you would like it to? What impression would you like the communication to leave on your readers?

By focusing on these things, you place yourself in a state of mind where you are able to sense what you want to express as well as trying to get into your readers head.

This approach makes it easier for your words to flow naturally and unstinted. It’s equally a great strategy to overcome writers’ block and many forms of a writers’ anxiety.

You can check our Writers’ Tips for more tips on writing and the book by Roy Peter Clark;  55 Essential Strategies for Every Writer for further reading.

Are you working on any writing project? What strategies work for you to keep focused on your project? Do share your secret to success with us.

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Consistency and focus are key in completing a writing project, however, there are times when the writers’ block would strike and the reason that you should have several projects going on at the same time is the ability to switch and keep working without stagnating and feeling frustrated or overwhelmed.

Your projects could be based on different writing genres or even other creative outlets. This way, you give your mind the opportunity to exhale and most times in-between working on other things, your muse returns from her sabbatical. The important thing is to keep writing.

Recommended further reading: 55 Essential Strategies For Every Writer. You can also check our short post To be a writer – Simple ways to start.

Are you working on any writing project? Do you have a strategy for staying focused and completing your project? Share your secret to success with us.

How To Network, Promote Your Blog And Grow Your Traffic Effectively.

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Networking and promoting your blog requires online community building which takes consistent effort to engage, interact and share on social media platforms. Most bloggers know how difficult it could be to grow a blog, however, inculcating useful tactics would allow you to make the most of your efforts to promote your blog.

For a new blogger, networking is especially important to help you speed up the process of growing your blog business, gaining new readers and subscribers.

With the spate of networks coming out so often, there are many opportunities for a blogger to grow their blog, however, time constraint may make it impossible to try to use them all. A great strategy would be to focus on a few of them and work them to the best of your ability.

One recommendation that I would offer any new blogger is to invest a significant amount of time daily connecting with others online, which entails reading and commenting on other people’s blogs, responding to comments, connecting via social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, Instagram, Pinterest etc.

To embark on effective promotion on social media, I would make a number of suggestions:

Identify your target readers based on your niche.

If your articles are mainly visuals, mediums like Instagram, Pinterest, Tumbler may work best for you, while LinkedIn, Google+ Facebook, Twitter could work in your favour for written posts as well as visuals.

Create great content

The importance of creating content that serves your readers must be reiterated. Killer contents that offer how-to tutorials, solutions to a problem or list of resources relevant to others in your niche would gain and retain the interest of many. Also use snippets that offer tips in-between your schedule of posting killer contents.

Automate content sharing

Through WordPress.org you could choose plugin mediums with the potentials to grow your traffic and the social sharing buttons are easy to implement on your blog and WordPress JetPack provides a service that automates sharing to a number of social networks.

Keep the sharing buttons to a minimum for several reasons; having too many options presents a problem to your readers who may end up not sharing it at all, it also slows down your page speed when you have too many social media buttons.

Use Guest posting and Collaboration

Reach out to blogs in a similar niche as yours and offer to guest post on their blog or to collaborate on topics that you might have in common.

Most times new bloggers aim for high A-list bloggers with tons of traffic and undermine the B-list bloggers with medium traffic flow. The hard truth is that most successful bloggers out there are extremely busy people who are constantly inundated with a deluge of networking requests, so it might be more difficult to catch and retain their attention.

Other medium growth bloggers within your niche are equally in a position to drive traffic to your end especially when your interests lie on the same ground. There’s no point guest posting on a blog that talks about construction, while your interest lies in poetry or healthy lifestyle.

Be Useful. Give, then Receive

Self-promoting is far easier that getting others to promote you and if you choose the path of self-promotion only, your journey will be far more arduous. Be more generous and open-minded in giving rather than just taking. When you highlight and share the good work done by others, encouraging them with your comments and supporting them to achieve their goals, it creates a ripple effect. Generosity may be old-fashioned but still works all the time and you’ll be in a much better position in the long run.

Most people have the fear that in promoting other people’s work they will lose the authenticity of their blog’s which is a total misconception. There are several methods of doing this, either by making reference to the article that you are highlighting, sharing it on social media, featuring the post on your blog and so on.

Be Consistent and Prove Yourself

When you are starting out, it takes some time to create an impression and to build a community. A lot of bloggers start out and give up within the first few months of blogging because the demands of blogging/writing are not easy. The initial slowness of growth and the rigours of networking could make it a steep climb, but you’ve got to keep going and show that you are in it for the long haul. Disappearing into thin air ever so often is not great for the growth of a blog. Be consistent in proving yourself as you grow your niche and keep your expectations to a minimum.

Network, Network, Network

Make time to consistently network at least 30 minutes to 1 hour each day. Read and comment, link to posts of bloggers in your niche, interact with others through Twitter, Facebook

You can search out and join like-minded groups on Facebook such as Share bloggers and Cafe Blog. There’s a number of them online.

Try and build relationships with others. Don’t approach them just as a one-off to help you grow your blog. No one likes to feel used. The basis of interaction should be due to respect for their work and expectation creating a good synergy.

Promotion

Take some time each day, at least a 30 minutes to 1 hour each day to promote your blogs article. Let people in your niche know about it, post it in forums or submit to social bookmarking sites.

With these consistent efforts, the fruitful dividends of your networking will surely pay off over time. I must warn that you shouldn’t expect too much to happen too quickly. The relationships and growth will happen as you persist and build trust.

I would love to hear about your own experience on networking your blog. Are there tips that probably helped you  to grow your blog that you would like to share with us?

 

 

 

Make money from your blog

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Income Streams from Blogging – Part 1

You have thought of making money through blogging but you are not sure of the steps that you need to take to realize this goal. Your first step starts with owning a blog and I would recommend a self-hosted blog if one of your aims is to diligently pursue financial gains through your blog. Check this quick 6-steps guide on how to create your blog.

Ideally, if you already own a blog, exploring avenues to monetize it might be your next aspiration whether it’s a business or a hobby blog. There are products tailored to suit your needs out there.

I will tell you straight up that, in as much as you can earn through blogging, it is not a get rich fast scheme, however, if you do it properly, you can earn enough to support yourself and more.

It’s also pertinent to know that it is not just enough to have a blog. You will need to make time to create content that is beneficial to people, network, engage and build your readership. Your readership would serve as the bedrock of earning long-term income from your blog.

Now, let’s look at the various streams you can generate income with your site online which could be classified into eight categories.

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  1. Advertising
  2. Affiliate Marketing
  3. Products
  4. Services
  5. Events
  6. Recurring Income
  7. Offline business sales
  8. Others
  • Income Through Advertising

Lots of bloggers start monetizing their blog through ad networks and this could grow to a decent income stream when your blog traffic and brand grows. You’ll find some advertising companies that are willing to pay for advert space on your blog. There’s also Google Adsense that runs cost per click ads by placing relevant banners to your site and with this program, you don’t need to have direct contact with the advertiser.

Advertising opportunities are not restricted to known ad networks. You could explore the option to sell private ads on your site through your engagement with your readers. The ad can come in form of banners, logo, links or buttons. I have successfully used this method on the sidebar of my blog a cooking pot and twisted tales.

Sponsored posts is another avenue of making money where you write for the company or review their products. Creating engaging series of posts is also a possibility and the advertising company pays for an acknowledgment piece in the post such as ‘powered by or brought to you by, XYZ & Co.’

Your periodic newsletters, videos, and podcasts are practical opportunities to sell sponsorship space.

  • Income through Affiliate Marketing

Affiliate marketing and promotions is a great tool and is the most commonly used method by bloggers for generating income.

There are various affiliate programs out there such as Amazon Associates, LinkShare, Share A Sale, Disqus etc., and they are easy to sign up to. Your income comes from the commissions that you earn for sales when a buyer comes from your site. You can create banners for your site or add affiliate links to your post. Amazon Associates is a good place to start from. This process could also work with private businesses that have related products to sell and would pay you a commission for selling on your site.

  • Income from Products

Creating virtual or physical products presents a lucrative opportunity that is worth looking into. I published my first e-book in April  and have earned a tidy sum from this singular item. Your blog is a content marketing tool that could be used effectively to market your products such as e-books, online courses, and webinars, photographs, apps, themes, digital products as well as physical merchandise like T-shirts, paintings etc.

Your blog is a content marketing tool that could be used effectively to market your products such as e-books, online courses, and webinars, photographs, apps, themes, digital products as well as physical merchandise like T-shirts, paintings etc.

The possibilities of earning are practically endless and with the right approach, your dream to making real income could be within your reach.

In Part 2, we will explore the other streams of earning an income from your blog and I do hope that you find this article useful. Let me know in the comments what you’ve tried or what you would wish to try as a start.

How To Create A Smart Blog Business Plan.


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You may wonder how important a business plan is for your blog and I must confess that as a beginner I wondered the same thing and I learned this the hard way after dabbling around with my first blog. Having a business plan for your blog is not mandatory, but if you regard your blog – or plan to do so – as a way to earn income, to grow your platform, to showcase your creativity and create a brand, then your blog is your business and creating a blog business plan is essential.

Why you need that business plan.

  • To help you keep up your focus.
  • It will help you develop a short and long-term strategy that will help you gauge your progress.
  • Help you to carefully plan ways to make money from your blog in the best way that suits your brand.
  • Gives you a clearer picture on how you will promote your blog.
  • Helps you budget and guides you through future decisions for your blog as a business.
  • It helps to serve as an evidence to interested parties or investors who want to partner with you. Assuming that your blog grows popular over time and investors express interest in partnering with you, the decision to partner or not to partner with you could hinge on their assessment of your business acumen and a possible peep into your blog’s business plan. Such decisions are easier to make with documentation no matter how simple it is.

With this clarity on why you need a blog business plan, let’s go into the details of how to develop a simple, smart plan for your blog.

Thinking it through.

There are certain thoughts that you should have on your mind as you create your plan such as:

  • The platform (hosted or self-hosted) that you want your blog on – WordPress, Blogger, TypePad, Others.
  • If you are self-hosting, consider how to get your domain name, how to buy hosting service, customizing and designing your blog and consider what the annual fees of maintaining your blog will be.
  • What are your three main goals for blogging? Identify them and use them as your focal point.
  • What will your blog subject focus be?
  • Who is your target audience and what are the possible solutions that you plan to offer to them?
  • When a reader visits your blog, what are the calls for action that you want them to take – Subscribe, buy, share etc ?
  • How will you encourage them to take such action?
  • Search and study your competition. What is it that they are doing that you can learn from and possibly improve on.
  • How often will you update your blog? Think of your first ten blog posts, develop the content and come up with a list of focus keywords for your blog.
  • What are the strategies that you will use to increase your blogs’ SEO? Do you plan to run periodic promotions for your blog?
  • How will you measure your success? Think of the methods that you could use – Google Analytics, Email and RSS subscription, comments, and feedbacks.

Little Reminders.

Remember that your plan shouldn’t be as thick as a book to be efficient. Your plan could be a one pager.

Remember to keep it simple and to avoid vague phrases which are difficult to understand.

8 steps guide to writing a one-page blog business plan.

  • Executive Summary

Keep your blog’s executive summary brief, practical and inspiring. It explains what your blog is about in a general sense to anyone reading it and should contain a summary of why your blog exists, your blog strategies and where you see your blog going in future. You can also include a brief biography of your blogs management and it’s ownership status. Here you can introduce the face/s behind the blog, their competencies, and responsibilities.

  • Your Blogs Objectives

In this section for your blog goals, you state clearly the idea behind your blogs existence, it’s short and long-term goals, your growth strategy, who your target audience is and what your blog culture will be. What style or tone would you be writing in – formal or approachable. List three or more goals for your blog in phases of three months, six months and one year. Your goals have to be clear, practical and measurable.

  • Your Offerings and Monetization Strategy

What strategy do you intend to use to make money from your blog? In this section of your plan, list how you plan to monetize your blog through the various available mediums like affiliate & partnership programs, advertisements, membership, and subscriptions, sponsored posts, product sales, services or reviews that you offer. Will you sell your product on Amazon.com or Etsy shop? Will you offer courses? Write out a sales strategy for items that you plan to sell on your blog.

  • Your Blog Opportunity and Potentials

Analyze your blog’s intended niche. Is it a big or small one? How broad is the niche? What is its growth potentials? In this case, you might want to study some leading blogs in your targeted niche. What can you learn from them? What benefits do you think you can bring into your blog that your readers will gain from? These are vital questions that you need to resolve even before launching your blog.

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  • Your Marketing Plan and Social Promotion Strategy

In this section, you have to give serious thought on how to market your blog. How will you attract your target audience to your blog? Do you plan to publicize your blog through free or paid campaign? What tactics will you use for effective results? What are your competitors doing in this aspect? A plethora of information exists our there to help you learn how to use social media effectively for your business. Develop a plan to learn and work out how to use one or two platforms at a time and keep expanding your scope. Create a scheduled plan for Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, Email, Guest posting, offline marketing and others. Also, consider how to track your social media influence and blogs growth using tracking software such as Google Analytics.

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  • Continued Growth Plan

For sustainable growth of your blog business, your role as a blogger is to continually develop yourself on how to become a better blogger. Set some goals for continued acquisition of knowledge like attending conferences, workshops or seminars that are relevant to your blogging niche. Taking relevant classes or training that will help you hone your skills. Keep up with the trend by subscribing to magazines with the right information.

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  • Your Blogs Financial Projections

This section should consist a summary of your blogs’ expense and expected financial forecast. Work out the things that you would need to start-up your blog such as hosting fees, site theme and development, promotional fees, internet cost etc and create your startup budget. It is essential to create a spreadsheet or a table for tabulating income from your blogs revenue streams. Each month take a record of your monthly income from each source and as time goes on, you are able to recognize the things that don’t work for you and able to take a business decision on them.

  • Your Exit Plan

Every good thing does come to an end and inasmuch as the last thought on your mind when you are launching your blog is how to kill your blog, the reality is that at some point, you may decide to call it quits, therefore, having an exit plan is simply financial intelligence. Would you sell your blog business or transfer it? What options would you consider?

Quick Tip

Read your blogs business plan at least once a month. It helps to keep you focused on your goals.

You can download a blank business plan template here for your use.

Well done for sticking through with it.  It’s your dream, so, have fun with it! Write your vision down and give it a go with gusto. Every business runs with an idea, and when you treat your blog as your business you place it in a place for success. Do you have a business plan yet or are you blogging without a business plan? Do let us know in the comments.

 

 

Unleash Your Creativity From Within.

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Creativity is part of our genetic makeup and springs forth from the depths of our intrinsic being which is inherently intelligent. It is not a special possession of certain people but deposited in each of us. Our creativity is inexhaustible, it’s just that for a lot of us, our creative zeal hides under a huge pile of the mundane monotony of earning our daily living and for some, neglect and the negative perception of self and criticism leads to the inability to allow their creativity to blossom.

When we connect with our deeper selves, we are able to let go of our egotistical limited way of perception and move into more receptive ways that show abundance, creativity, harmony, and innovation.

We are actually able to intentionally trigger our creative juices through cultivating certain habits, practice and nurturing for it to grow.

The internal hindrance that limits your creativity is addressed through simple and effective techniques outlined below.

Practical ways to unleash your creativity from within.

  • Stop limiting your sense of being and expand the scope of your understanding of who you are. You must free yourself from your restricted perception of who you are. Recognizing and acknowledging that you have infinite potentials helps you accept this as part of your nature and working from this perception creates an intrinsic sense of well-being which taps into the creativity that stems from your true self.
  • Expand the coast of your thinking. Create space for new thoughts and perceptions and change the fixed patterns of self-limiting thoughts. Close ended thought patterns such as; I can’t, I don’t know, it’s not possible; when faced with challenges create negative energy and negative self-fulfilling prophecy. Be more forthcoming with open-ended statements and thoughts like; I’ll figure this out, there’s always a way, are there better solutions to this problem? These are more positive mantras that with repetition settles in your mind. Allow yourself periods of silence to meditate and engage in other activities that are a departure from your mundane routine. As your perception expands to fresh stimuli enjoy the process and allow your inspiration or solutions to emerge naturally.
  • Have set intentions. What are your intentions for tapping into your deeper self to release your intrinsic creativity? Awareness of your intentions and creative targets must be clear to you. Have the vision that you aim to achieve and keep reaffirming your vision. Inspiration rises better when you are fully conscious of your desired intentions.
  • Embrace your uniqueness and your quirky self. Acknowledge and accept yourself as a unique being that has a creative role to play that no one else can fulfill. An audience that will appreciate your contributions will equally emerge.
  • See challenges as opportunities to improve. Get into the habit of interpreting challenges as opportunities for growth, to do better, to learn. When your mind is more attuned to viewing the problem from a positive angle, you are better placed to consciously seek solutions.
  • Give of yourself. Share your skills and personal gifts with others to make their life more meaningful. This is not necessarily by giving material gifts, but the service of your time, being a listening ear, a source of wisdom or encouragement. You get by giving and giving of yourself dissolves the limiting self-centered focus while tapping into the power of unity. 

Hopefully, as you consciously cultivate this awareness and habits, you will open doors to inspired creativity from the profound depth of your being.

Further recommended reading. InGenius: A crash course on creativity.  , Big Magic. Creative Living Beyond Fear

Are there other ways you believe could help someone to breach the internal barrier to their creativity? Do share with us and join us as we explore how to unleash our creative juice through external channels.

 

To Be a Writer. 9 Simple Ways to Start.

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9 Simple ways to start writing – Part 1

To be a writer is a longstanding ambition that you’ve entertained but you don’t know how and where to start from. First of all, you should know that you are not alone. Even those who write as professionals still struggle with this fine art of visual word expressions, but there are simple ways that you can start writing.

My advice on this matter is an old one. I am not recommending solutions that are new and untested, but simple solutions that work for me as well as most new writers.

  • What motivates you? Determine what motivates your writing interest, what you want to write about and how much time you are willing to create to accommodate your ambition.
  • Create a routine and write regularly. At the beginning, the hardest part is devoting time to writing. Creating a writing routine will help and train the creative side of your brain to working at such time. Try to start writing in regular bits even if it’s for ten minutes each day, then increase your time slot for writing. This might need adjusting your schedule for other things, like getting up earlier or taking that half an hour during your break time to get some quiet time and writing done. Writing is a skill that could  be learnt and developed like many other acquired skills and the more you write the easier and better it becomes.
  • Read a lot. Reading as much as possible helps you to learn the different types of writing that are possible. Read within the genres that you like as well as outside your favourite genres. Read magazines, comics, fantasy, varied types of publication and find the voices that you like. Try to understand what makes them effective; what you like or don’t like about them. Reading diversely helps you to learn from other people’s writing and it serves as sources of inspiration.
  • Write what you would want to read and get personal. Use your passion to an advantage and start with writing what you know. Injecting your passion and bringing your experience to bear will likely resonate better with your readers and hold their interest. Be willing to explore and don’t limit yourself to just one field or genre of writing.
  • Keep your eyes open and notice the things that go on around you. Those observations of ordinary or unusual things going on around you are material that could be used for your writing. They could help make your writing more compelling, interesting and realistic.
  • Keep a writing journal. Take note of spontaneous ideas that pop into your mind. Jot down those things that inspire you. Things you see or hear. A simple phrase, a dream, a photo, a meet with a stranger could trigger a storyline and at your writing time, you can flesh out the thought or revisit your note to jog your creative juice.
  • Start a writing project. This is the most important and difficult aspect of writing. Some may struggle with not knowing what to write, or having an idea of what they want to write about but unsure how to begin. It might take writing and discarding several drafts before you can articulate your thoughts, just keep writing. Write all the disjointed thoughts floating through your head to your fingers. Leave the editing part for later. Sometimes, you can help your creativity with a number of activities. A long walk through nature and relative quietness. Go somewhere with high human traffic and noise and use your senses of sight, smelling, hearing, touching and tasting. Take note of your perceptions. Take photos, eavesdrop on conversations, become a sleuth, imagine the character of a stranger and add some background to the stranger. Explore all options as the need arises.
  • Complete your project. The real challenge of starting a project is the ability to stick to it and finish it. It might prove difficult to get to the end of your goal, but fruition only comes with completion and you just have to keep going at it.
  • Join like-minded communities and forums. Be open to the idea of joining other writing clubs either online or in your neighbourhood. Most new writers are self-conscious and don’t feel comfortable sharing their work with others and I daresay all writers are not keen on criticism, however, think of the potential idea that being around others who are also aspiring writers or accomplished writers might serve as a source of inspiration and well as constructive feedback that could help you to become a better writer.

I hope that this article will help you to kickstart your writing aspirations. If you find it helpful, we would love to hear from you and what you are writing about.

 

 

 

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