Category Archives: The Writing Journey

Want to know anything and everything about how I got started? Read it here. I might whine some times but its all good. I also share articles that help me along the way

5 Years Later, 5 Things I’ve Learned.

Hi there!

Today is my fifth anniversary in publishing. In addition to being thankful for you coming on this journey with me, I want to share 3 things I have learned along the way as a published author.

First of all, I want you to know that I still consider myself a new author, but this journey has taught me a thing or two. I can share the glamour of holding your baby in your hand. Or yes it is glamorous, for me at least. But I want to share with you my transparent truth, it just might be yours as well.

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  1. Let your voice come naturally to you. I had to start with this because one of the things that stopped me in the beginning was I told myself I’d never sound as great as those who I’ve admired for years. Well, I was right, they are them and I am me. When God made each and everyone of us, He broke the mold, figuratively of course 🙂  So instead of trying to copy someone’s voice, hone the one that God gave you.
  2. The passion for your story will dwindle: The thrill of a new idea is always exciting. I have woken up many nights so excited. But as time goes on, the allure of these characters dwindle under the craft. The number one thing I do is to step back and let the characters loose. One of the reasons the passion may dwindle is the characters aren’t doing what I told them to do…free them but don’t throw away the story. You can’t fix a blank page.
  3. You will not feel like writing every day…and guess what? You don’t have to. I know you see those quotes all the time about “write everyday”, “a writer should be writing” while true, that’s an enormous amount of pressure. I do not write everyday, but I also don’t write only when I feel like either. I set goals for releasing a book and follow my word count action plan to get it done.
  4. Growing a platform takes time. It will not explode overnight. That’s just not how it works. You have to post consistently. You have to put up valuable content. You have to make an effort to build your platform every single day. But don’t be so busy looking for the masses that you forget those that are with you now. Nurture them and they will help you spread the word. I LOVE MY AFRO LUV BUGS, they are my rock readers and I’m so grateful to them.
  5. Writing/Authorship/Publishing are three very different things. Be clear about what you’re doing and who you are. Publishing is a business and should be treated as such.

Have you read my titles? Check them out here

Keep walking in the direction of your dream. It might not be writing but whatever it is, keep at it. Good things take time.

Peace & Blessing,

Unoma

 

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3 Areas To Focus Confidence Journaling

Hey there!

I hope you enjoyed the interview with Detola Amure yesterday. If you didn’t read it you have to check it out here.

Today we’re talking about the 3 ways in which we can journal and intentionally focus our thoughts in confidence. The Light Pearls In The Dark : Confident Expectations Journal is a 40 day Journal. You could use it in one area for the 40 days or you could divide it up into different chunks. Today we’ll focus on using it in 15 day chunks by focusing on the 3 main areas below;

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  1. Faith: When we lose confidence in God, we become easily swayed by our environment and this can lead us down a path that wasn’t intended for us from the beginning. Mainly into sin. Writing down your thoughts can help you see clearly where you need the help of the Holy Spirit and hone in on that area. Intentional focus on hope and the belief that all our trust placed in HIM will lead to a favorable end.
  2. Family: Write down areas in your family life in which you are expecting a move of God. Remember to be specific in your prayers. If you are married, for your husband and children should be your focus and extended family. If not then your nuclear and extended family. Remember, His word will not return void.
  3. Talents: I have “preached”on this blog many times on the importance of having confidence in the gifts God has given you and using them to hone your talents/passion for His purpose. Are you hesitant on using them out of a lack of confidence? Pray for courage. Just for you, I have attached my talk on Sound Cloud on Confidence In Your Gifts.

These are my recommendations. Tell me some of the things you need to journal intentionally for confidence in?

Don’t forget, you can get the Light Pearls In The Dark absolutely FREE if you pre-order In The Dark

The Intentionality of Journaling

The dictionary defines intentionality as “the fact of being deliberate or purposive.”

When we want to buy a house we are intentional about making our credit look good. When we want a job we are intentional about how our resume looks and how we prepare for the subsequent interview.

Almost everything we want in life we go about intentionally making sure we do everything in our power to get it. The same applies to our Christian walk. Nobody wakes up and is able to be like Christ no matter how many times they are dipped in the water(baptism)It takes a conscious effort in intentionality to get out there and be the light In The Dark

According to 2 Corinthians 10:5 “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” Obedience to Christ is to follow His commandments and believe in Him. No matter what comes your way, believe in Jesus.

This brings me to today’s post, The Intentionality of Journaling. As we discussed last week a journal helps you share your thoughts through written word, gives you a visual, can be used as testimony( when you see what God has done before).To intentionally capture our thoughts like the verse says, you have to train them.

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That’s where the Confident Expectations Prayer Journal comes in handy. It is filled with intentional verses, songs and quotes that will help you train your thoughts on the promises of God. Specifically, it contains

🖊 40 days of praise/worship song suggestions and hopeful promises that will help you strategically defeat the enemy’s plan of sowing doubt in your dark place.
🖊 It also provide space for you to write personalized prayers.
🖊 Record your testimonies in accordance to the fulfillment of His promise.
The Confident Expectations Journal helps you tap into and memorize those promises of God in #confidentexpectation of good things to come. God’s Light Opens Windows In The Dark. Get Ready to G.L.O.WInTheDark

For a limited time only. You get it free when you preorder In The Dark

Blessings

Unoma

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5 Reasons I Regret My Journaling Mistake.

Growing up and being the only girl and kinda of a loner, writing was(and still is) my get away. Throughout my teen to early adult years, I would buy a fancy notebook every year and I will write in it everyday. It was more than a diary, because it wasn’t a “I did this today, I did that today.” It was my pouring out my thoughts on life, relationships, dreams,spirituality and just talking to God.I had more than 10 of those notebooks. One thing I did which I regret is that I never opened it after the year ended. In fact I destroyed them on the last day of each year.

I guess I did that for a number of reasons, a lot of hurt feelings and wounds I never wanted to re read or carry into the new year. As far as I was concerned, it was over, I learnt and move one. That was my one regret because, re reading them would’ve allowed me to see how much I had grown. Hey I was a teenager what did I know right?

Who knew that I was journaling and it would become a “thing.” Writing things down as you envision them is a very powerful exercise in being intentional. Habakkuk 2 tells us that exact thing. To write the vision down.

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Here are 5 reason you should journal and subsequently 5 more reasons I regret destroying my old journals. But again, I was a teenager/young adult 🙂

Help you track brilliant ideas: You can do this with your smartphone but nothing is more invigorating than seeing your ideas on pen and paper. Or is it just me?
Helps you track past victories: Keeping track of what has gone well in your life, personal or business helps you push forward on days when things don’t go so great.
Makes you more self-aware: You are able to control the thoughts you let control you.
Helps you maintain an attitude of gratitude: As you write, you have a chance to see the good things that have happened to you and be grateful.
Saves relationships: Funny this is my favorite. Instead of speaking the words, I vent on paper, then I’m able to collect my thoughts and lace my words with grace. It’s stress relieving. Try it.

As a writer, I always have a notebook and a couple of pens with me for book & business ideas. I also have a prayer journal where I write down promises of God so that I remember them when the enemy strikes…because we all know he will.Especially In The Dark places of our life, he will try to shake our confident expectations in God’s promises.

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When writing In The Dark, I decided to create a journal focusing on confident expectations. This 40 day confident expectations journal, titled Light Pearls In The Dark (which is now available  for preorder) contains targeted scripture and songs of praise and worship to keep your mind anchored on God’s promises through your wilderness season.

Do you journal? I’d like to know how it has helped you.

Blessings

Unoma.

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