By Gabriel Eziorobo
1. Read before you write:
This is it! Reading has a vital role to play in the life of a writer. Every writer has to read books, articles or any readable things in order to write a good piece. You can tell the difference between Tony who loves reading and Sandra who is not keen to reading. Tony has wider knowledge to write while Sandra will be limited to her imagination when writing. Reading widen the minds of writers, it improves their writing skills to write on every angles and make them outstanding among other writers.
2. Be in the mood:
You have to get in the mood of writing. When you are the mood to write, writing block will not be your problem. Most of the time we can't put something down as writers because we fail to be in the mood and even though we did. It will not be good as when we are ready to write. It is only when we are ready we can be able to rest our minds, imagine well and the pen will do the talking with no blockage.
3. Write on topic you have interest:
You have to be in love with the things you write about. Be it a fiction, or non-fiction, comedy, or tragedy, music, or poetry. Your interest has to be there whenever you pick a topic to write, so you can be able to free yourself and you can be able to talk more on it. I love to talk about illusion and the type of leaders we have in my country in every of my poems because I have the interest for the both topics. You can't impress your readers if you don't have the interest for the theme you have chosen. It is your interest and the love you have for any niche that will broaden your brain to think and to write.
4. Eat before you write:
This is funny but I have to feed my stomach before I can jot something down. I feel tired and sleepy whenever I am hungry. It only when I have eaten I can be able to read, to meditate and to write.
5. Imagine before you write:
This is a mental picture in your mind before writing. It allows you to create your own world and the way you will transform it into reality is what make you a creative thinker and a writer. People want to read something different so you have to imagine in order to give them what they want. Because they are the benefactors of your written work.
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By Alex McGowan
For the past two years (2015 and 2016) I went into the month of November with every intention of participating in NaNoWriMo and completing each. Each of those years, I failed to even begin the challenge.
Why? Because the idea of actually writing a novel scared me.
I doubted my own abilities and allowed my doubts to defeat me. But this year? This year I jumped in head first, and I’m already over 13,000 words into it. The change between this year and last year was subtle. Honestly, it all came down to this question: Was I willing to allow myself to impose looming limits that prevented my success or was I willing to blow those limits away and grasp hold of my dream? The past two years, my answer was that I was going to impose limits that prevented my success, but this year I decided to say Adios to my insecurities, fears, and limits and go for it.
No, my novel that I’m writing is nowhere near the best. In fact, I dare say it’s quite horrid, but it’s something and it’s mine. In essence, don’t allow yourself or anyone else put limits on your potential or capability. No one knows how much they can achieve until they do it. Stretch yourself. Spread yourself thin. Undertake any challenge you feel the urge to.
Writing a novel is one thing. That is a brand new world for most, and getting to the point of completion is an accomplishment no one can fully understand. This is your work, your baby; something you hold very dear. So, once you have taken all that in and celebrated for writing something so incredibly important – what next?
Publishing. You must get your work out there and let others read it. (After it has been edited and proofread of course). There are SO many options to go through and make a decision on. Whether to go the traditional publishing route, finding an agent, or to self-publish – that is a huge decision to make. Once you have made this decision then the next steps all depend on what you have chosen…
For the sake of this post; it’s about going to a publisher. Larger publishing companies will require an agent, however there are quite a few publishers that don’t.
How to find them- Searching on Google will definitely bring up some helpful advice, as well as some possible options. Twitter offers Pitch Parties which allows you to pitch your story to agents/publishers and it is a pretty painless way to go about it; except trying to come up with a summary of your story in one sentence- yes ONE sentence. It is possible and you can definitely do it.
When you go to these publishers be sure to read over their website. They have specifications on how to offer your novel up to them, and I highly suggest following each request closely. It will vary with each one. Some will want the query letter; same as an agent. Others may request a small portion of the manuscript, and then you have some that will want the entire manuscript: make sure to be fully prepared either way.
There are so many steps to follow to get you where you want to be, and it will seem never-ending; however if it’s something you love then the work to get there is worth it. Don’t give up.
By Eris Marriott
Nanowrimo has begun; many are shuffling about and scrambling to find that one thing that separates us from that completed work we’ve all been harboring within ourselves for days, weeks, months, years, etc. That one thing should be given the quality of a proper noun; for the sake of this post, I will qualify it as such: Time. Time is that thing that so many of us would sell a lesser portion of our souls for. Perhaps a time-share deal would be something of value to the Devil… Jokes aside, such arrangements don’t seem to be a feasible avenue for myself, and I doubt that many of you even have the proper set-up and materials to invoke such a powerful figure’s presence, no less convince said presence to agree to such an arrangement.
So what do we do when the Devil does not come knocking with that long-awaited, perfect, low-risk contract to gain us more time? Quite frankly, we do a little devil-ry ourselves and generate some time. And here’s how: you find it in those blank slots of “between” when you go from one task to the next. I don’t know about those reading, but I’d be willing to bet a shiny silver nickel that many of you find yourselves in moments of “slump.” Perhaps this “slump” isn’t quiet. Maybe it’s the moment when the kids are playing cops and robbers and screaming all along the hall, making you ready to tear your hair out because you’ve got to find the time and solace to write. Perhaps the “slump” is when you’ve just finished that massive term paper and your brain feels like it can’t handle another word, period, comma, or even a thought at all.
I urge you to rethink those moments. Are these same moments the moments when our inertia must be interrupted for the sake of progress? The law of inertia most certainly applies to humans as much as it does moving and nonmoving objects. When you’re writing, it’s easy to keep writing. When you’re not writing, it’s easy to stay not writing. This conundrum drives authors everywhere into a state of madness that only the creative will understand. I’m 99% certain this frustration affects many other forms of art in the same way it does writing. It is the force that acts upon an object—the movement—that changes the course of our direction. The defining moment that tells us “move” or “stay put.” I prefer to find those things in life that get me to move. If we look at writing as sitting still and finding that perfect moment, that perfect moment may never come. While I sympathize with those that need specific conditions to write—I am one of those individuals that has to be in a “mood” or setting that allows for creative flow—I have also come to realize that upholding these settings is nigh impossible.
My take is that, if you are sitting and doing nothing (save for those moments that you take to recharge yourself, as you should never take away from those) and by nothing, I mean that you have the space to write anything—write. Whether it be notes on your phone in the car right before rushing in to work, to school, or otherwise, take that moment of space in the car to scribble something. Get your kids to sit and have craft time with you while you sit and write or encourage them to engage in activities that are quieter and allow you the peace of mind to put your eyes on a screen. When you’re procrastinating on that paper—which we’re all guilty of that at some point—use the time that you’re procrastinating in to work on Nano and then delve into that paper once you’ve exhausted that creative flow. When you finish, crash at whatever obscene time of night it is and wake the next day to write a few words before class.
The key here, friends, is balance. I’m not perfect at it and I could do a lot better at time management. If you’re reading this and feeling a resonation with the experience I’m talking about, then you probably could do. This isn’t a lecture to get you perfect at it. It’s a charge to tell you that, of all things, don’t let your creative spark die under the confusing tides that Time deceives us with. And I weight my writing with as great importance as all of my other outlets because it is something uniquely mine. And uniquely yours. So bend Time as you know it and understand: the perfect moment to write is not the moment of silence with a cup of warm tea beside a window grayed by pattering rain drops beyond the panes. It is in the hustle and bustle of the every day; we writers know more than anyone else—we can make that setting appear for ourselves in our head. Time to bring the rain and tea ourselves to wherever we might be, lest we let this window pass us by once again, giving Time another indifferent chuckle at having let something so wonderful pass by.
Will you let Time win? Or will you make Time adhere to your needs? I’m sure as heck not going to settle for the first. Even if I fail at the latter, I’ll be trying like heck to get the latter to be some semblance of reality. And you should, too.
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Tiffany Heiser is the owner of Tiffany Heiser Graphics & Fyre and Brimestone Publishing. She is a self-taught graphic artist, an author, publisher, & a loving mom.