Writing a Good Story is one Thing, Getting People to Read it is Another.

Writing a good story is one thing, getting people to read it is another. How do I get people to read a good story?

Recently I had an opportunity to sit with Gucci another Indie writer trying to get his work out. Gucci’s lamentations arises from the fact that despite his efforts to write good stories, he isn’t able to get people to read it. It is demotivating to write a beautiful story yet no one wants to read it. Approximately a year has passed since Gucci published his work. Since then only one person have read it – and that’s Gucci. continue reading

How Many Hairs are There on Your Head? Not so Childish Question

Kids don’t often ask Prudent questions. However those seemingly imprudent questions are sometimes my greatest source of writing inspiration.

If you are looking for a fictional idea, you might want to talk to a child. Writing inspiration comes from different things, sometimes from our experiences, and other times from conversations with people. But for the most part, the strongest inspirations are from children. Children’s inspiring power is embedded in their curiosity. You might think you have an imaginative ability, until you meet a child who wants you to lift him up until he touched the clouds. What you imagined – they lived. Continue reading

Creative Writing: Favorite Online Inspiring Writing Prompts

The Craft of Writing: Two blogs with most of the prompts you need to light up your creativity

Writing is a tough hobby, and there are times of complete blackout when a writer can’t think of any topic. His spirit could be willing, but for some reason his mind can’t get the right vibe. Fortunately, a writer facing such predicament can summon some prompts, and with its inspiration break the siege beclouding his creativity. Call them magic wands, and you had be right. I want to recommend two solid blogs for writing prompts, and how they can power your writing Craft.

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Capitalization as a Creative Writing Literary Device

Using capitalization to improve a creative writing.

Capitalization of words in the middle of a sentence is a form of literary device used by fiction writers to evoke emotional reaction from their reader.

Lorrie Moore is a famous for stylistic use of capitalization, in reviewing her, David Gate of New York Times stated that, she’s “one of the all-time great deployers of the exclamation point,” she does this mostly by using capitalization.

Here is a phrase from Moore’s “People Like That Are the Only People Here”, The New Yorker, January 27, 1997;

“The Oncologist describes the tumor as “fast but wimpy,” which the Mother sees as Claudia Osk from the fourth grade. The Baby likes the hospital. He smiles and waves: “What a little Cancer Personality!”

Critics suggests that Moore’s use of capitalization is imperative because she writes from a second person point of view (Telling the story as an observer; The Mother said…the Father). Notwithstanding, it is undeniable the distinction capitalization gives her writing.



Not many established writers uses capitalization as a writing device, in the article Fiction Writers Review, Anne Stameshkin mentioned a few names with some examples.

As a creative writer, the difficult part of using capitalization as a device is to apply it and still maintain the context of your work, even a creative mind can be subjected to scrutiny in case of misapplication of this literal device.

Read Also: Why use Capitalization as a writing device

At the moment, there isn’t a lot of material on using capitalization as a creative writing device, but I suppose a general understanding of capitalization rules should be the starter for anyone hoping to deploy it as a creative device.

Rules of capitalization is well explained in this online Grammar Book.

The Grammar Book mentioned above should be fine, but if you want to purchase a hardcover, here is a useful list from eBay.

Write Your own Original Story

How you can write your own original story with your own fresh ideas.

Original stories have voices of their own, and that originality is the indelible marker that imprints a story in the minds of readers.

I wouldn’t be writing today if not for the inspirations I got enjoying original stories. Think about those classics like Eze goes to school, Things Fall Apart or Arrow of God? Honestly, all my burnt candles and broken lantern discarded in the process of reading those great books were worth it, but more important is their originality.

Of course I give credit to my mom who among other hobbies enjoyed reading. She regularly recommended good books. Thanks to her, I read George Orwell’s Animal farm even before realizing its global acclamation.

The moral of my story is that anyone can write an original story. Never mind the notion that new ideas don’t exist, it’s only an excuse of a lazy writer for copying another person’s work. Just to be clear, there is nothing wrong with imitation, after all it’s the funniest form of flattery.

I remember one evening, we had just finished dinner and were chilling at the verandah, enjoying the smell of roasted corn from a neighboring vendor. Then my mom started talking about Kumin-rikuku, a book she had read.

Later I read the book, and saw for myself the protagonist; whose tortured character till today remains my personification of “vengeance”. That I dedicated a whole chapter of my story, The Smoke Writer, to vengeance was not an accident.

At the end of the day, this piece would tantamount to a mere recitation of nostalgia, if I fail to share factors that helps with writing an original story.

First of all, understanding the difference between evolution, and imitation is the first step in creative writing. It doesn’t matter how many times a story has been told, re-telling it from your perspective is one way of creating your own original story. The Star Wars series, and saga remains very popular, because each edition is an evolution of the former. ( Star Wars Boxed Set: Episodes I-VI).

Secondly, don’t focus on the words count. It is better to write a short, and an original story of your own, than to write a long collection of lines from other peoples’ work. If you must flatter a writer, go to his or her page and pour your heart out. Who wouldn’t appreciate that? As opposed to someone finding traces of his work, published under your name. Short stories genres are growing in popularity, who knows, maybe we are becoming lazier. But in a world where news is faster than food, few people wants to read a cyclopedia in the name of a novel. A lot of people would prefer to read a short, and enticing story.

Thirdly, remember that necessity is the mother of invention. Invent facts to personalize, and add originality to your story. Let your imagination run wild, design facts for your characters. That is the main difference between a fiction and a non-fiction. Although cautious is advice, to avoid crossing that thin line between creativity and madness. There is an unwritten rule about keeping fictions closer to the realm of reality.

My last advice is that you create a character from a part you. Your talent will manifest mostly in the characters in your story. To a significant extent, your characters will define your writing. I wouldn’t have remembered anything about Kumin-rikuku, had it not been for the vengeance seeking protagonist, who gave his life for justice. If you can illustrate your protagonist perfectly, you would leave imprints in the minds of your readers.

In conclusion, believe that you can create your own original story. Creative writing is not a skill reserved for the talented few. American novelist, Professor James Hynes, in his work, Writing Great Fiction: Storytelling Tips and Techniques, illustrates how we all can achieve great writing. You can be successful, but I recommend his book, as a guide to writing your own original story.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Donald Trump and Adama Barrow. Two Tales of Inauguration

Donald Trump and Adama Barrow. Two tales from two inaugurations

In the United States of America, an inaugural ceremony is underway. After that, Donald J. Trump will take the helms of world affairs. About 900,000 people will witness the swearing in ceremony, that is according to USA Today.

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Are We Becoming Some Dope Heads With All These Smart Phones And Tablets.

Digital Addiction: The scientific fact that our smart phones and electronics is leaving us not much better than crack heads

 

Does it make any sense that; advancement in mobile devices, and the increase in digital accidents appear to be in tandem? In the US alone, cell phones are credited for over a million accidents. In 2015, up to 100,000 accidents and arrests made in Japan, a connection with smartphones, according to Toyota Newsroom.

Call it Frankenstein, and you could be right, smartphones are not just accelerating mortality rate, it is also bent on taking over our senses. Over the years the debate went on about the effect of smartphone on our intelligence. Critics suggests that by simplifying most of our tasks, the smartphones does make us lazier. Smartphones can not only type our text messages, it can also supply us with word choice (mind reading), and even forces corrections on us when we type the “wrong” word. Does this takeover of our brain functions leave us more stupid? continue reading

How to Create a Sub-domain: Simplified

Creating a sub-domain from the cPanel is easy, follow these simple steps

If you are a programming novice, and for some reason you found yourself meddling with a website setup, you would prefer your instructions to be as simplified as possible. Last week I tried creating a sub-domain, at first it was a little confusing. I could have figured it out myself, but it is convenient to contact my host company, and their feedback is usually prompt.

This instruction is for the cPanel control interface.

  1. Log in to your cPanel client area.
  2. On the left, there is an option menu. Below the home button, click product, and then form the product section click my product.
  3. Click the view details. Your product details will open, below the billing information, there is a manage account section.
Manage Account

4. In the manage account section click the sub-domain option. It will open a create sub-domain box

5. In the form, type your sub-domain name and click create below the form. You should have your sub-domain

 

The changing history of China-Japan War

Chinese history books will be getting a makeover; an extension of the 2nd China -Japan war history.

Apparently, it’s possible for a country to abruptly edit a mutual history it shares with another country. I read this article about how the Chinese government was going to embark on a time bending trip. They will be adding six more years to the time-frame of the Second China-Japan War.

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