Wunmi Fani

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How Not to Find A Literary Agent for Your Book

I was a teenager when I received what appeared to be a positive reply from a literary agency. Back then, that felt like an incredible achievement. The name of the agency escapes me but I’m pretty sure they’re out of business by now. The agent thought my book was superb and was ready to represent me but first I would need to get my book typed out on a computer instead of a typewriter, which I’d used back then. She offered this service at $2 per page and a representation fee of $500. The  ...

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Inspiration, Motivation

The Importance of Support

Writing is a lonely job. You have no teammates, you’re not part of a group and you don’t have a partner. It can be really hard to keep going when it’s just you and your muse, who may or may not be cooperative depending on its mood. When Stephen King wrote the first few pages of “Carrie,” he threw it away because he thought it was crap but his wife fished it out of the trash and encouraged him to keep going. He expanded it into a novel and when it was released in paperback, it sold over one  ...

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Inspiration, Motivation

Does Pressure Help or Hurt Your Creative Process?

When I was 16, I was commandeered, against my will, to write a poem. We were having an end of year arts competition at school and one of the activities included poetry reading.  We were all sitting around having a house meeting one fine afternoon when the house captain blurted out, “I nominate Lafani to write the poem.” Startled, I replied, “I don’t write poetry. I don’t know how to write poetry,” but it fell on deaf ears. “How hard can it be? You’re writing all the time, aren’t you? We  ...

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How to Deal With Negative People and Vision Killers

We’ve all met them at one point or the other in our lives. People who say you can’t be something or do something. They try to convince you you’re not qualified enough or smart enough. They point out every obstacle in your way, both real and imaginary, and try to discourage you. They see the glass as half empty. They see all the problems in every opportunity. They are noisy and they are known as dream killers. I’ve had my share of these type of people over the years. They come in all forms  ...

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