Talking, writing and “A Branch of The Poetree” with Author Ebere Anyanwu
Ebere Anyanwu, a Poet from Enugu State in the eastern part of Nigeria, is a graduate of Olabisi Onabanjo University where she bagged a bachelor’s degree in Biology Education.
According to our chat with her, she said that she discovered her passion for arts at a very tender age, from writing kid stories and gradually transforming into a more mature writer and now, a Poet.
Passion ensures we divert our mind with the free time available to do something productive and interesting to us because the idle mind is the devil’s workshop.
Clearly, Ebere is full of passion and believes in self-satisfaction; it is where you complement or compromise between career and passion.
Her inspiration for her ideas is one aspect she loves to talk about simply because she finds herself “in a pool of inspiration” owing to God, her major and most important source of inspiration.
At times you find yourself lost in thoughts and everything you want to do or write, plays in your head or as she puts it “hovers in the air”.
After all these, what’s left to do?
Grab your notepad yeah, and write everything down, getting inspiration from people, from conversations and making a beautiful composition of words with it.
For others, something has to trigger their mood; listening to a couple of songs or being in a serene environment before thinking and coming up with something to write, for Ebere it’s different. You may be talking to her about a fish and she would see a great piece in that simple gist.
Bottomline, she owes it all to God, being creative and being steadfast.
Thus, a person who is steadfast and immovable is solid, firm, resolute, and incapable of being diverted from a primary purpose or mission.
As an author, emotions take the best of you at times in relation to your work or just something that has to do with your work, books for example, give readers a sense of belief that everything they read can sometimes can be played out in reality.
Some of these books can make them too emotional that they find themselves crying. A particular book made Ebere cry in her early days of being enthusiastic about reading and writing, this book; “Behind The Clouds” by Ifeoma Okoye.
This just shows that there is a major connection with writers, ardent readers and their books.
Writing energizes most authors. Sometimes, it depends on what they find thierselves writing about, this could cause the difference in their energy level. If they are not feeling it, it exhausts them, when they write something they are passionate about, probably a book series or short stories, they get their energy boosted.
This is likely due to the increase of adrenaline they get from being excited about working on projects they are passionate about. For Ebere, it is much easier to express herself, she doesn’t have to be conservative about certain things. Writing boosts her morale and this leads to a more adequate writing process and improvement in skill.
Writers neglect a whole lot while writing simply because they are in a haste, that’s why most times when they are talking about their books or projects orally, they tend to exclude some things they have written in their books.
It’s easy to be out there but it shouldn’t be a thing to rush into, master your craft professionally, know your onions and everything would fall in place.
Most importantly, define your audience and stick to a plan, yes, you can be versatile but don’t go out of bounds, work hard to get your own resources, be defined and you’d be awesome.
Ebere has published two E-books: “How I crossed the River”, her NYSC journey told in a poetic style and her most recent book, “A Branch of The Poetree” which talks about her emergence during the previous year.
Life is in stages, it’s a step by step movement, everyday we get the opportunities in one way or another to express why we are humans and what we have to live for.
She also revealed to NOTV Blog that her life has been a blessing through God’s help and last year’s success(es) birthed that book, a branch, just one of the branches out of the many branches of her life.
“A Branch of The Poetree” gives us an in-depth analysis of a season in Ebere’s life and the blessings. The book is a 12-month journey journal for the said year, each month with its fruit and significant value. The first chapter, “Listen” talking about her listening to God to show her the way and the right path, listening for plans and generally a to-do list for the year.
It’s enriched with schedules and obedience.
She advices writers, young and old to be consistent. At-least, have a name within yourself, start and continue, don’t stop.
You’d always have something to look back on which would definitely crack you up when you measure your growth because over the years consistency would have done something to your skills.
“There is so much reward in consistency, there is growth in consistency, you cannot keep doing something and not become better at it” says Ebere.
In essence, be creative, have a foundation and above all be consistent in what you have passion for.
Ebere who often times searches for herself on Google sees herself in the writing field as a mentor for upcoming writers in the next five years, a successful writer that would have read her write ups before Kings and Queens, a Budding “Maya Angelou” and Africa’s renknown Children Storybook Author.
She concludes thus; “I’m not going to compromise this dream for anything, I’d keep pushing, I’d be consistent and I’d keep being led by my Ultimate Source; God.”
Interview by Melvin Illah for NOTV Blog