I have loved poetry for so long and I have loved wordplay perhaps since I learned to read. I should never have stopped writing when I did, but life happens, often when you are making other plans. My career in the banking industry has been exciting and rewarding, but my life has been surprisingly enriched by the satisfaction of being a published author. Nothing is as heart-warming as getting positive feedback from readers, and perhaps the best part of this experience for me is seeing people who connect with a poem or two from my book go out of their way to recommend the book and my poems to their friends. That is the equivalent of a generous performance bonus in the banking industry. No kidding!
I cannot remember now precisely when I stopped writing or why. It must have been laziness or a dressed-up variant of it – telling myself I did not have enough time to read, to think, and to settle down and write. Those were during the days of my aborted attempt at learning Spanish, while writing professional accounting and IT certifications, getting married and thereafter settling down to family life.
How then did I find extra time to write close to hundred poems? Especially as time has remained adamantly stuck on only two dozen hours per day, one’s workload never stopped growing, and children have claimed some of the time as being rightfully theirs. I was pleasantly surprised at how much one could do with seemingly little time. I had a lot of fun writing and found that reaching for my phone and writing came more easily and naturally than I had expected. Once an idea gripped me like runner’s cramp, words started to line up one after another like soldier ants and there was no stopping the flow until a poem was born.
Technology helped too. Bits and pieces of time spent before meetings, waiting in the car for hubby, waiting for pizza at Dominos or lying down and praying for sleep, were spent writing or thinking of how to pen an idea that wouldn’t let go.
One by one, poems found company among their peers, and the rest of the journey was only a matter of following up with the next logical step.
For anyone aspiring to write, the first step is to start writing. Anything. A poem, a story, a newspaper article, anything to get your thoughts flowing. Then get others to read your work. I have a few reliable friends and my dependable brother, who read whatever I send them and provide thoughtful, useful and candid feedback. It is also very important to read a lot. Read extensively, read every day and write just as often. This will help your imagination, improve your lexicon and knowledge of various styles of storytelling.
I am particularly thankful for online self-publishing platforms, like Lulu.com. They made the final part of the journey smooth and almost effortless. Now that I know I can do this without putting life on hold, I don’t intend to stop, ever!
About the Author
Yemi Adesanya is the author of Musings of a Tangled Tongue, a collection of poems; an accountant and risk manager in Lagos, Nigeria where she lives with her husband and children.
She loves reading, writing computer programs, and playing Sudoku.
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