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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. One reason fiction writers sometimes circumvents conventional writing standard, is to evoke certain emotion or reaction from a reader. So by breaching the strict rules of capitalization, a writer can also create a desired impression in a reader. continue reading

Write Your own Original Story

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

Anyone can write an original story. It is often said that we all the same story, but there is always something peculiar to us, and that is the thing makes our story original. There is a little merit to the notion that new ideas don’t exist. Actually that is a characteristics of a lazy writer, and a rather flimsy excuse for copying another person’s work. Just to be clear, there is nothing wrong with imitation, after all it is funniest form of flattery. continue reading

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.

While the US is gearing up to showcase it’s democracy, in Gambia, Adama Barrow, continue reading

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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How not to talk to the in-laws

In some places, speaking to a parent in-law is a taboo

Most people will think it is ridiculous, that a culture to prohibits communication within a family. But these are real practices in some parts of the world. An article from NY Times, covered the difficult relationship between couples and in-laws, in some parts of the world. I found it interesting, and decided to summarize it in one paragraph.

Somewhere in Ethiopia, women are not allowed to use a syllable if it matches with the name of the father or mother-in-law. continue reading

New Year Resolution: Make Reaching Your Goals Easy.

Achieving a New Year resolution: Hardworking alone not enough

In 2016, Kate and Lucy each planned to publish a novel. Kate started out completely focusing on the goal. She carried out an extensive research, compiling every information concerning her topic. When she was not catering to her family, she spent her free time to writing. Eventually, she got overwhelmed and stopped. By March, her New Year resolution ended unaccomplished. An unlikely outcome for a hardworking character. continue reading

Practices that helps with my writing

Three writing Practices that I think are important for my writing progress.

Inspiration

Caution, words-wise

Relax and Calm

I started working on The Smoke Writer  in November, 2016. By the end of December same year, the final editing was completed. I did not planned or think about it much, but when the inspiration came, I knew what I was going to write. Once I started writing, the flow never stopped. Seemingly, I had developed the idea overnight, but that was not the case. Supposedly, we ought to search outside the box for knowledge. Yet, most writers refers to a box within. The mind is like an incubator, collecting and conceiving ideas from all our experiences. It is within our creative scope to then, to modify those ideas and create an enticing stories out of them.

Another helpful practice for me was, writing free of pressure. There was no deadline either. Creating fiction is my hobby, and writing The Smoke Writer, was no exception. Although it turned out to be a nice write up, that is according to the reviews it got. Besides, writing in an atmosphere devoid of stress helps to keep the mind sharp. Seriously, if you are digging couple of years back for inspiration, you need a sharp mind.

Another thing was the choice of words. Thanks to my editors, I had to do away with so many vocabularies. Fortunately, I already visualized the story. So replacing unfitting words was no big deal. Besides, with numerous online sources, it is now easier to learn, and correct not just grammatical errors, but also writing hints, and words that are suitable for any given scenario.

There is no better time to enjoy writing, so enjoy yourself if that what you do. My advice is to figure out what inspires you. Also to cultivate positive energy, bearing in mind your choice of words.

I hope you find these advice useful. If you are kind enough to drop us a comment that will be great. Also, check out my book on Amazon. It will be free for some time, and let me know what you think about it. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MU3LAGW

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The Smoke Writer: A tale of vengeance and shape-shifting.

Obi, the smoke writer ventured the City of Porta to redefine the art of storytelling, instead he rediscovered his true identity.

The Smoke Writer is a story about having a dream, working hard for it, and hoping that luck come your way. The idea that we can reach any height is reinforced in a society that encourages us to dream and aspire for greatness. All we need to do is ask, and we shall be given. Strengthened by those assurances, Obi wakes everyday eager to claim his rightful status as a wordsmith.

Why can’t he? After all, he is a legitimate descendant of Uche; a legendary storyteller from Ntu village, immortalized in the minds of the people for his magnetizing storytelling ability. Uche’s protege once enchanted the king with a story, and the king froze in awe for five minutes after the story have ended. Even in war times, the Uches were indispensable. Not only did they fought alongside their comrades, they also motivated their fellow warriors with victorious tales of their predecessors.

Conceived in the age of Windows and Macintosh, Obi took upon himself the burden to keep Uche’s legendary alive. Convinced that whoever endeavored to be a storyteller will have to write it, Obi maintained that, tales by the moonlight was for a time long gone, he

A lit lamp covered with a basket is of no use, unless it is place on a stand where people can benefit from its light. Obi needed to get his stories out. To this end he set his eyes on the shining City of Porta. Certainly stars are born in the villages, but it is in Porta that they are illuminated, or forever dimmed. Every author whose work saw the light of the day, went through Porta. For Obi to succeed as a wordsmith, he will have to pass through Porta.

Self-rediscovery in Porta

Crashing his way into the Porta was one thing, but getting a publisher to listen was a different issue. He was on the verge of giving up when he met Ken, a man not limited to conventional publishing rules. Obi then told him one of the saddest stories ever; the misadventure of Raj. The vengeance seeking Raj had arrived the heart of darkness, bent on conniving with the devil to destroy his magician opponent. Consumed with bitterness, Raj made a fatal mistake that got his transformed into a tree.

However, it was with the story of Oji the shape-shifter, which eventually got him a publishing deal. Not only was Oji a shape-shifter, he was also a lover, and he punished severely anyone who dared to make advances to his beloved.

As fate had it, the very tradition of oral storytelling he wanted to change, became his key to fulfillment.

The full story is available on Amazon. Click the image.

 

 

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