Day 3: Great Writers Find Frogs Delicious; lessons From Wole Soyinka.

Have you ever  found somebody eating a frog before? It is possible, though not in my culture.

Eating Frogs in Africa here, most especially in Nigeria, seems quite absurd and abominable. Notwithstanding, I  still struggle to eat as much Frogs as possible.Wole Soyinka, the author of Death and The King’s Horseman was detained many years ago by the then dictatorial government of Nigeria. He was an activist who derives irredeemable joy  from fighting for justice and equity.Most importantly, he expresses his activism through his creative writings.Then when he was imprisoned, they deprived him of books and pen. He hungered for his delicacy – cooked frogs! But he didn’t bulge, instead Wole attacked Procrastination by writing on the toilet roll given to him. He ate the Frog, anyway. He swallowed Procrastination!

If you really want to be a great writer, there are two basic things you must inculcate. Write every day and read all the while.It is a Law that says,that the more you do more of a thing, the more the activity turns into an habit for you. If only you can be disciplined like Wole Soyinka, and eat the Frog called Procrastination, your writings will improve.

Great writers don’t make writing a hobby, but habit. A hobby is something you do at your leisure period, while a habit is something you involve in every  moment to make your life meaningful. Great writers have one  habit, writing it is. Writing is a bitter delicacy, just like a frog eat it!

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