Writing is my heritage and my culture and it’s my pleasure to pass it on to as many as will be willing to take the baton. You want to learn how to write? Then follow me on this long but wonderful journey to becoming a sought-after writer.
About the Writing Mastery Training
This training came as a result of pressures mounted on me by some individuals and it is to help anyone who would be willing to convert their thoughts into writings for people to read.
What to Expect from this Training?
*Expectation is the mother of all disappointments, right? So I don’t want to get you Disappointed.*
– At the end of this training, expect to have a better comprehension of writing as a skill.
– You will have a better understanding of how to put your ideas down for people to understand
– You will be propelled to learn more about the English language.
What not to Expect?
– This class *might not* teach grammar rules: I will not teach you how to put your Adjectives before your Nouns so you should not expect anything related to it.
What you are about to learn won’t be gotten elsewhere. The terms I will be using are mine alone. You can prove me wrong by typing *How to Write* on Google to see if you will get the steps I am going to teach in here.
Why Saying this?
I want you to corporate with me so I will be glad taking you through this.
How Will The Training Go?
– This training will have both theoretical and practical parts.
– The theory and part of the practical aspect will be in here on WhatsApp.
– The other part of the practical will be on my site. Every assignment given will be submitted as comments on their respective links. I want it this way so everyone can have access to the training later.
– At the end of this training, I am willing to take up 3 people for one-on-one training (online) for four weeks.
– These 3 people will be chosen from how they contribute to this training in questions and assignments. I will also set a test after this training to give some more marks.
– So I only owe you the duration of this training except for the 3 lucky ones.
Ready? Let’s go!
About the Tutor
First of all… Introduction?
Looking back, I could remember how a small boy was breastfed for 3 good years. Whenever his mum returned from the day’s work, he would get her a seat and began to suckle.
Every trick to stop him failed until the last one: the mum applied a black substance to the breast and told him she had some wounds. As a patient boy that he was, and still is, he had to let the sagging breast lie, waiting for the day he would return back to his pure milk.
Now he is 32 and can’t tell whether the wound is healed or not. He finally agreed that he’s been fooled!
His name is *Olalekan Adebumiti* and he will be the tutor for this training.
He is a proud husband of a beautiful Nurse who has a covetable lifestyle – His shadow can tell. He calls her Wura mi (My Gold) because she makes things golden!* She is his number one critic. And he loves her so much.
Olalekan presses his phone… Presses his laptop… And makes money on a daily basis. If he likes, he could sleep for a month and will get paid. He writes for a living and makes more money than many bankers!
Anyways, you can call him Heskay (SK).
Oh, there’s someone else I need to appreciate! This training wouldn’t have become a reality without their support!
I wish I could thank this special person enough because they are the reason this is holding… This special person is none else but You.
To say the truth, I wouldn’t be having this if you didn’t show up. I celebrate your courage to be here. Smile for yourself, please.
So welcome to this many days tutorial on how to write.
But… How Did I Get Here?
I studied Physics with electronics at the University but a writer today. How?
After my SSCE in 2002, I fell in love with a lady and the relationship went on for years. I’ve not told my wife about it. The lady’s name is *Oxford Dictionary*.
I would sit down with it, reading words and their uses. And any new word I came across, I would look it up to know its meaning and usage…
With time, I got used to it and my writing prowess kicked off.
I then would read books and see films for learning purposes. Before I knew it, I was getting better at writing… Until I get to where I am today.
The good news is… You don’t have to take this long to make it happen.
- You just need a teachable head and a sense of humour – owned or borrowed.
The Training Outline
1. Introduction to Writing.
2. The Writing Process: Visualization and Expression.
3. Elements of a Complete Post and How They Are Connected: Title, Introduction, Main Points, Conclusion.
4. Types of Posts: 1. How to’s and Tutorials, List, Reviews and Comparisons, Controversial, News, Stories and Entertaining Posts.
5. How to Write Practically.
5a. How Much of this Topic do You Know?
5b. Writing the Perfect Title
5c. Writing the Romantic Introduction
5d. Writing the Main Points
5e. Writing the Killer Conclusion.
6. How to Rewrite any Article.
7. Extras: From questions and concerns raised, I can choose to expand the scope of this training – if I am willing.
Introduction to Writing
The Truth About Writing
Without any doubt, writing will continue to wrought wonders in the lives of writers and readers alike.
As you might have known, online publications thrive on words and, obviously, the world won’t be what it is without words.
But here is the shocker… Writers do not have the best of stories!
Yes! There are people out there with great experiences to share but, either by naivety or inhibitions through knowledge, they can’t just put their thoughts into writing.
When some people narrate their experiences verbally (mostly in their native language), you will almost get suffocated by laughter… Ask such to write and confusion will be written all over their face.
Does that sound like you?
Then let’s see how you can be helped to outgrow the menace.
In general, writing isn’t about studying the English language. You can be a professor of Grammar and be a poor writer. Yet, you can be a physicist like me and do well in writing.
So, are you ready for the Rollercoaster Experience? Let’s roll!
How Much Do You Know?
To be an outstanding writer, you need to know a whole lot about what you are writing.
If I ask you to write about My Late Dad’s Burial, the highest you can do is to guess his name. That’s all.
And what if I ask you to write about the food you like best? You sure will have something to put down on that.
Remember – the more you know, the better you will be at writing!
Note: we will talk more on this later.
What Do You Need to Write?
Writing has tools and here are some of them.
– You need to be alive to write.
– You need to be alive to write.
– You need a working brain and a little sense of humour – borrowed or owned.
– You need a simple grasp of the English language.
– First of all, forget about Mastery. Just write, not minding your mistakes.
The Writing Process
Visualization and Expression Rules
For many people, the challenge isn’t with visualizations but how to put their thoughts into writings.
Wait. What is Visualization?
Simply put, Visualization is to see something in your mind. To visualize is to have a pictorial view of something in your mind.
Now let’s talk about its techniques, tips, and rules.
– Ideally, the way you express your thoughts might be a little bit different from how you visualize them.
– Generally, when your visualization is right, your expressions will be right.
– You can’t be a poor visualizer and be good at expressing your thoughts.
– You can hardly write what you can’t visualize.
– You can hardly write extensively on what you don’t know indebt.
According to Olumide of GlowVille.net, every good write up starts this way:
1. First of all, define your objective of writing. Are you trying to raise a question, or to answer it, raising an awareness, airing your opinion or challenging something?
2. Do some research (if necessary) and outline your points in bullets.
3. When it’s time to write, develop a proper introduction which sets the tone for your writing, then begin to expatiate on the points you have earlier listed.
4. Close it with a conclusion which aligns with the objective of your writing.
Thinking about what Olumide said up there, I’ll say, the process of writing is incomplete without Visualization.
So let’s say the first process is to *Storify your thoughts*. (Storify is my word, you won’t get it in your dictionary.)
Make it into a story – on your head!
Note: Visualization could take straightforward steps from how a story started to how it ended while it would take a dose of suspense. You can start writing from where the story ended, pick it from the middle and end it up with a part of its endings.
In writing, your aim is to catch your readers’ attention, no matter where you’re expressing your thoughts from.
Solving the Visualization Problem
I can guarantee that you don’t have any problem as a Visualizer.
I know you can think of a way to make 30 billion dollars on your seat, spend them on stuff and get up to see that you’ve fooled yourself.
Then, the only challenge you have is how to write the first paragraph and then continue.
So I’ll say, you have a challenge in expressing yourself.
Yes or Yes?
Here is the reason:
By now, you don’t understand how a title connects to the introduction, and down to the last paragraph of the post.
Hang in there… Let us decrypt it!
For you to know how to express yourself, you need to know “The Elements of a Post and How They Are Connected.”
The Elements of a Post and How They Are Connected
Wait… Why is it so difficult to write, even if you’re a good speaker?
If you have ever asked that question, then are the reasons.
– You probably don’t know how to start the first few lines, let alone writing hundreds of words and it’s because you don’t know *the elements of a post* and how they are connected.
Should we discuss that? Then follow me.
What Makes a Complete Post?
Every Post has a title and a body.
The *body* of every post is divided into three main parts – The introduction, the main points, and the conclusion.
When you know how these are connected, you will learn quickly.
So let’s pick them one after another.
How Understanding the Post Title Can Make You a Better Writer
*The Title:* If you understand the gimmicks behind the title of posts, to write will be easier. So let’s discuss it.
Every *Post Title* has Drivers, Intensifiers, and Complements.
– *Drivers* are usually Nouns, Pronouns, and Verbs. Sometimes, an Adjective.
– *Intensifiers* are Adjectives and Adverbs. A Verb can also be used as an Intensifier, even a Noun.
– *Complements* are mostly Prepositions, Interjections, and Conjunctions. The word complement is derived from the word *Complete*.
Let us talk about each of these elements and how they relate to the body of the post to make a better article.
Note: You need to start your post with either a driver or an Intensifier. Just find the one you can hit in and get the post started.
*The Drivers* – The drivers power your writeups. The drivers can be a word, a few words, a phrase or a clause. No matter how the drivers are placed in the title, there is always the main word you can anchor on to power your post.
To write the first paragraph (the introduction), you need to know a whole lot about the drivers.
Does it have a history? (if they are Nouns)
Can it be compared with a related word?
Does it have an Opposite?
Does it have an opposite gender?
We will talk more on these while creating the post.
*The Intensifiers* – they amplify your titles. They make your titles have more weight. Most times, they are called the click baits. (A click bait is a word, phrase or clause that propels you to read a post).
*For instance*, 3 Ways to Make More Money Overnight.
The word *Overnight*, here as an Adjective, can make you want to read the post.
The number *3* here as an Adjective, can trigger your interest in the post.
Another example is this: A 99-Year-Old Woman Gave Birth to Triplets in Lagos.
If you will clock through to read the post with the title above, the word 99 will be the reason. Here, it’s the click bait.
*Complements* – they are there to make the titles complete. The compliments don’t give much but help the drivers and the intensifiers alike to be meaningful.
Words like “*on, of, if, in, to, with, and, before, after, by…*” are complements.
You want to see these in Play? Let’s see these examples.
Blessing: Concerning the drivers, it sounds simple but I don’t think I get those three things one should know about them…would there be an example? Maybe I would understand better then or could you please break it down for me, sir?#smiles.
Reply to Blessing:
Let us see some examples.
Example 1. *3 Ways to Make More Money Overnight*
The Driver as a word: Money.
The Driver as a Clause: How to Make Money / How to Make More Money.
Here, money is the driver because everything you will be talking about will be centred on the word money (or making money).
Example 2. *How to Make Your Partner Love You More*
The Drivers as words: Partner and Love.
The Driver as a Clause: How to Make Your Partner Love You.
The Intensifier as Word: More.
If the title was How to Make Your Partner Love You, it still would have made sense, right?
So an Intensifier can be removed from the title but not the driver and the title will still make a complete thought.
Example 3. *How to Create a Blog in 30 Minutes*
The Driver as a word: Blog is the driver because you will be talking about Creating a Blog or How to Create a Blog throughout.
The Driver as a Clause: Creating a Blog or How to Create a Blog
Intensifier as a phrase: in 30 minutes is the intensifier.
The rule is… If you remove the driver the title won’t make sense, especially when you remove the main subject or the main verb in the title.
The intensifier can sometimes be removed and the title Will still make sense.
E.g. How to Create a Blog.
I have removed *in 30 minutes*.
Example 4. *Ways to Make your Skin Glow Without Stress*
The Driver as a word: Skin.
The Driver as a Clause: Make Your Skin Glow, Making Your Skin Glow, How to Make Your Skin Glow or Ways to Make Your Skin Glow.
Intensifier as a Phrase: Without Stress.
Here, a driver is more than one word, right?
Yes. Sometimes, you can’t separate some words from the driver. The driver could be a phrase or a clause. The intensifier can also be a phrase, even a clause.
Remember how I also changed the word *Ways* to *How?*
Yes. For convenience, you can use a more appropriate word for any of the words that make the driver.
When you want to write from the title, the words that form the drivers can be changed.
For instance, if *communicate* is part of the title, the driver can be said to be *communication*
Why? You can talk more on *communication* than you would *communicate*.
Example 5. *How to Make a Broken Heart Love Again*
From a cheap glance, one could have said *Heartbreak* or *a Broken heart* is the driver and *Love Again* as the intensifier.
This was confusing at first until I gave it a closer look.
Now see this…
The Driver as a Word: Love.
The Driver as a Clause: *How to Love Again*.
The Intensifier as a Word: Heartbreak or Broken Heart.
The Intensifier as a phrase: *Make a Broken Heart*
Before you ask why, here is the reason:
How to Love Again was taken from the title and it makes a complete thought.
So one can affirm that *the intensifier can be buried in the middle of the title or even be scattered across it.*
You just need to know what you can remove to still make the title meaningful. Whatever you remove is the intensifier.
Examples 6. *Two Things You Should Avoid While Driving*
The Drivers as Words: *Driving*, *Avoidance* and *Caution*.
The Driver as a Clause: Things to Avoid While Driving
The Intensifier as a word: *Two*.
I said Caution, right? Caution is another word to be used because you will use it more often while creating the post.
I said Avoidance instead of Avoid?
Most times, the Noun form of a Driver makes more sense that its verb counterpart.
See example 7 for more enlightenment on this.
Example 7. *How to Communicate Better With Your Companion*
The Driver as Words: *Communication* and *Companion*.
The Driver as a Phrase: How to Communicate.
The Driver as a Clause: How to Communicate With Your Companion.
The Intensifier as a Word: *Better*.
You can say, *How to Communicate with your Companion*. The intensifier is removed here.
Example 8. How to Make One Expect Less and Hope more.
The Driver as words: *Expectations* and *Hope*.
The Driver as a Phrase: *How to Expect* / *How to Hope*.
The Intensifier as words: *More* and *Less*.
This title can be broken into two: How to Make One Expect Less / How to Make One Hope More.
Example 9. Jay-Z is Set to Premiere His Last Album in July.
The Driver as Words: *Album* and *Jay-Z*.
The Intensifier as Words: *July (which is a noun here) and *Last*.
So a noun can still act as an Intensifier.
Now, *whenever you need to have the Driver as a single word, it could be more presentable if it’s in its verb form and you change it to Noun.
E.g Avoid — Avoidance.
Communicate — Communication.
Expect — Expectation.
Die — Death.
Give — Giving.
Forgive — Forgiveness.
– How to Avoid Being Jilted.
– How to Communicate Like a Pro.
– How to Expect Less from Life.
– How not to Die Young.
– How to Give Like a Philanthropist.
– How to Forgive a Cheating Partner.
If the Driver or the intensifier is an Adjective and you want to present them in a Word, it’s more presentable in its Noun form also.
E.g. Brave – Bravery
Brief – Brevity
Feel – Feeling / Feelings.
– How to be as Brave as a Crazy Lion
– How to Be Brief as a Dunce
– How to Feel Unworried Amidst Troubles.
In the same vein, if the Driver or the intensifier is to be presented as a phrase, you should change the main Verb to Noun.
E.g. Fall in Love — Falling in Love.
Make Money — Making Money.
Kill Your Wife — Killing Your Wife.
Breastfeed a Baby — Breastfeeding a Baby.
Propose to a Diva — Proposing to a Diva.
– How to Fall in Love Like a Child.
– How to Make More Money Overnight.
– How to Kill Your Wife and Not Be Jailed.
– Why a Mother Should Breastfeed a Baby for 3 Years.
– 3 Crazy Tricks to Propose to a Diva.
How to Write the Perfect Post Title
The truth: there is no cheat sheet or a dummy’s guide to understanding all about a title. The more title you read, the better chance you’ll stand in writing some. So you will need to visit some sites to learn nothing but how their blog titles are written. Any popular site would do.
Now, depending on the type of post you want to write, every perfect title should at least a driver, an intensifier and a complement.
(We will get to the types of posts shortly and how they matter in writing a complete article cum post.)
To make your post compelling for readers to read, you need to master the use of Intensifiers.
However, when writing some types of posts, you might not need to force in an Intensifier because you want it to be compelling. Doing so will throw the readers in a state of confusion and could tag you *the worst writer that ever liveth*.
For instance, a blog could simply say *Trump Wins US Presidential Election*.
Here, you don’t need to add any Intensifier. It’s good as it is. (The type of post here is *News*. )
Another type of post that falls in that *no-intensifier* category is the *True Life Stories*.
For instance, you need to narrate how you lost your wallet.
You can simply say, *How I Lost My Wallet Today*.
Anyways, you can still throw in an intensifier here.
So Sad! I Lost My Wallet Today. (This is common with the news and entertainment bloggers.
So what are some lovely Intensifiers to use?
1. Top 3 ( Top 3 Lies All Women Tell their Husbands
2. Crazy Things ( Crazy Things Every 21st Century Teenager Does)
3. Instantly ( How to Stop Obsessing About a Stupid Lover Instantly.)
4. Amazing ( Amazing Facts about Eating Your Own Faeces.)
Want more? Thanks to Jon Morrow for an ebook on Intensifiers. He calls them Power words. (Download it from this page)
Some of our students dropped in these imperfect titles. We need to make them good.
1. *How to Manage in Relationship*.
The question that comes to mind here is… *Manage What?*
Why not something like…
– How to Manage Individual Differences in a Relationship.
– How to Manage Money in a Relationship.
2. *How Celebrities Can Keep Their Homes*
On the surface, this title looks cool but lacks the power of an intensifier when you look at it thoroughly.
Why not something like…
– How Celebrities Can Keep Their Homes Without Involving Their Parents.
– How Celebrities Can Keep Their Homes from Intruders.
– How Celebrities Can Keep Their Marriages from Intruders.
– 3 Home Keeping Rules Every Celebrity Must Know.
– Top 3 Home Keeping Tips for Every 21st Century Celebrity.
*The Title Test*
If a stupid person can read the title and be willing to know what the post is all about, then it’s perfect.
How to Write Your First Paragraph
Before you write your first paragraph, you need to be sure of the type of post you’re writing.
Introductions differ for every type of post.
*Types of Posts and Where to Use Them*
So let’s see some.
1. How to’s and Tutorials.
This is to teach how to do anything.
– How to Slap a Soldier and Go Scot Free.
– Complete Guide to Making Money Online
2. List Posts
This type of post is to teach like the How to’s and Tutorials. The distinguishing feature is that it always comes with numbers.
– 3 Ways Sleep Without Closing Your Eyes.
– Top 7 Ways to Be Rich in Your Dreams and Wake Up a Millionaire.
– 10 Ways to Be a Whistle Blower and Make Billions.
3. Reviews and Comparisons
This type of post compares two people, products, and things.
Man Vs Woman: Who Farts Better.
Which is a Better Team Between Man U and Chelsea?
4. Controversial Posts.
This type of post breeds controversies. It makes people wonder if it’s possible or not.
– Why It’s Hygienic for You to Eat Your Faeces.
– How to Go to the Sun and Not Be Burned.
This is the type of posts we see every day. They give reports of whatever happens, real or fake.
– Meet the Tortoise that Outruns Hussein Bolt.
– Meet the Man Who Suckled for 3 Years.
6. Stories (True Life Stories or Fictions).
This simply tells stories, real or fictitious.
– How I Married My Wife in My Dreams.
– How I Doubled My Income Without Working.
7. Entertaining Posts
This is like our day to day happenings pit into posts. This is common on social media. It can also have a taste of news and stories.
– Why I Love My Shadow and How to Love Yours.
– See These Pepper Them Gang in Hot Bikini.
How Do You Write Your First Paragraph from the Title?
This is what everyone is waiting for. Obviously, no need to wait anymore.
So how do you write your first paragraph from the title?
Ideally, You Can Start with a question, a joke, a story, a quote, a concern and so on.
To have a better understanding of this, let us see some examples.
We will Start this with this News Post (as it is with every other type of post) – Jay-Z is Set to Premiere His Last Album in July.