Lighten up Your day With Some of These Thoughtful Quotes

Quote can alter your mood, lighten up your day and sharpen your thoughts, to kick-off today here are some few thoughtful quotes for you.

 

Be yourself; everyone else is already taken:

 

Be the change that you wish to see in the world:

 

There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle:

 

Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift of God, which is why we call it the present:

 

The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it’s indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it’s indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it’s indifference:

 

It is never too late to be what you might have been:

 

Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself:

 

People who enjoy meetings should not be in charge of anything:

 

 

 

Enter your natural magic mode, Increase your flashes of ideas.

Wonders of the Default Mode Network and how we can do more by doing nothing.

For over an hour I struggled in vain to begin a story on the Rite of Passage. I had a vague idea how the story should go, but how to begin it was a challenge. Instead of just sitting there scribbling endlessly, I decided to go and clean the handrail, I was going to do some laundry, and our cloth hangers are too small for the bed sheet, so I would use the handrail to spread the bed sheet.

While cleaning the handrail, the opening scenes of my story began illuminating in my mind; continue reading

Purpose: Simple Decisions That Brings Abundant Joy.

  • How you can still achieve your New Year Resolution with last-minute changes

  • Every day is a good day when you have a goal

Set goals so that you have many reasons to get up each day. As a living being you need something to drag you towards to the future, a reason to get up every morning. Essentially, purpose is the precursor to success. continue reading

How to Shop MacBooks Online, Cheap and Safe

Get up to 40% on MacBooks from eBay, and do it with some assurance.

Shopping is still better done in the traditional stores because you can physically inspect a merchandise before spending your money.

With that said, shopping online comes with a lot of conveniences, but not trust. A lot of times products are not what they pictures says they are, in fact a lot of online dealers conveniently sideline altruism when trading online.

Using the same tips on Shopping Online Safely, here are some of the best MacBooks deals on eBay today. Up to 20% discount, but also filtered from the best rated stores.

Save up to 20% on MacBooks from one of eBay’s best rated stores; Big Value Inc.

Best Rated eBay MacBook
Indicators of a good store: feedback rating is good, positive and negative comments comparison widely varied too.

 

 

 

Google AdSense is Depreciated: Easy way to add Google ads without a Plugin

Google AdSense is depreciated: But you can still easily add Google ads manually, by creating ad codes and placing them on your website.

The official plugin for Google AdSense is no longer available in the WordPress program. Google decided that they could better support WP publishers “through new innovative features like their automatic ad formats and other upcoming initiatives”. I am eagerly waiting for these upcoming initiatives, automated ads alone might not be enough. Nevertheless, we can still create new ads from the Adsense homepage. continue reading

How to Copy From Microsoft Word to Paste to WordPress Editor

Paste WordPress: How to paste to WordPress editor without losing your text organization.

If you are publishing online with WordPress, sometimes you might want to copy and paste from Microsoft word to the WordPress visual editor.

Even though it is very simple, it still took me a while to figure out how to paste to WordPress from Microsoft, without disorganizing my text. I love plug-ins – they are great. But I don’t want to use them for every little thing.

If you paste directly into the visual editor, your text will be messed up by WordPress inbuilt codes.

Solution

The solution is to paste into the text editor instead of the visual editor. After that you can go back to the visual editor and continue with your editing. That is the only way to keep the orientation of your text in order.

The diagram below gives a visual illustration of what I mean.

Pasting to WordPress from Microsoft Word
Pasting to WordPress from Microsoft Word

 

Writer’s Block: What it Means, and Solutions for Getting Over it.

Writer’s block and  Procrastination are two most common problems for writers. How to get over it varies depending on who you ask.

Writer’s block and procrastination often come up in discussion among authors. Although they are not a major threat to a writer:s career, it is the variety of solutions proffered for getting over them that interests me. Sometimes writer’s block and procrastination are considered the same problem, but I think they are practically different. My understanding of procrastination is an act of delaying a project completion beyond its due date. Mostly for no substantive reason. Please compare for yourself the Dictionary.com’s definition of procrastination and postponement. 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  Moore, David Gate of New York Times stated that, she’s “one of the all-time great deployers of the exclamation point.”

Critics might argue that capitalization by Moore is inevitable since she writes from a second person point of view (Telling the story as an observer; The Mother said…the Father). However, one can’t deny the reverberating effects and the uniqueness such stylistic devices adds to her work.

Here is a phrase from “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!”




Generally, exclamation marks are used when expressing strong feelings or high volume, including emphasis, however capitalizing words in the middle of a sentence is also capable of similar effect, and with even more dramatization.

Not many established writers uses capitalization as a device, one article I found useful regarding this topic is a short one from Anne Stameshkin, Fiction Writers Review, where she mentioned only a handful of writers who uses capitalization as writing tool, including herself.

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.

Unfortunately, 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, I supposed with more in-depth analyses, 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.