- My personal blog is Dozie Anyaegbunam
- One of my favorite blogs/online writers is James Clear, author of Atomic Habits
- Best book I’ve read recently is Break Through the Noise by Tim Staples
- My current job title is Influence & Advocacy Manager at Diageo Nigeria
Why did you first sign up for Write of Passage?
I had been actively writing for two years and had taken some content marketing courses on SEO and copywriting. I had the ideas, I had a unique writing style that folks found interesting, but it still felt like something was missing. Stumbling across WOP changed the game for me. The notion that I would learn a step-by-step method for publishing quality content and creating a distribution system, which would lead to unexpected opportunities and increased serendipity in my work and life, was an attractive proposition.
What did you like most about the course?
David and Will make a fantastic team of instructors. I loved the ease at which they collaborated to handle the live sessions. But most of all, I loved the breakout sessions. That was a big big deal for me! You got a chance to spend 30 mins or more with some of the most intellectually curious people on earth.
What’s your #1 takeaway or lesson learned from WoP?
I’ve summarized my thoughts in this write-up of the course.
The #1 lesson I took away from WoP was the realization that a note-taking system is everything. Look, Hemingway probably didn’t take notes – but I am no Hemingway. An effective note-taking system can exponentially boost your writing by 10X. It did boost mine. Just think of notetaking as the same process you went through in school without the pressure of exams.
Efficient notetaking means you never run out of ideas when writing – you write from abundance. You also spend more time focused on pounding out that piece rather than shuttling between your Google search page and word processor.
A second takeaway is in this age of social media; your writing would benefit greatly from the wisdom of the collective. Put your ideas out there, whether they are half or fully formed. If there is one thing the internet is great at doing, it’s giving feedback.
If you aren’t sure you can take the input in its raw, unfiltered form, seek out communities. Smaller communities of like minds can be a great place to test your arguments and edit your article on the fly.
What surprised you about the course?
After taking the course, it became clear that WRITERS BLOCK can be avoided. When you write from abundance, it is almost impossible to experience writer’s block. Writer’s block readily sets in when you either have no idea about what you are writing on, or you don’t have top-notch quality notes on the subject matter
“We don’t realize how much we build on others’ tapestry of knowledge to construct our own.”
How has Write of Passage impacted your creative output?
I am more open to sharing my ideas with my audience and the rest of the world. I am also writing more consistently – weekly at the moment. Before WOP, I published articles once a month. But with a note-taking system that has me curating ideas like never before, I suddenly have tons of topics to write about.
Have you seen new opportunities as a result of your writing?
Yea, gotten two new writing gigs since after I completed the course – all because I am now publishing regularly and distributing my ideas much better than before.
What advice would you give to a new Write of Passage student?
The breakout sessions are a great asset – USE THEM PROPERLY. It’s akin to the class participation method in an MBA class and is a great way to get varied perspectives on your ideas. It also is a chance to build new relationships, and boy oh boy – you will meet some fascinating folks. It is also an opportunity to learn how to build systems, so take that part seriously – systems for writing, ideation and note-taking.