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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Calm

 

 

 

The Inevitable dilemma of relationships

The dilemma of listening to people’s complaint is that; you are either obliged to assist or in the least share their predicament (somehow).

An acquaintance told me he doesn’t visit bars anymore. Why? A drinking-mate formed the habit of complaining to him about his wife. At first, he wasn’t sure if it was the influence of shots flying back and forth? A chemical reaction of sound and liquid can sure cause some hallucination. Such reaction could be behind the bitter man’s lamentation.

He decided to avoid the bar. A library he concluded; would give him the serenity he sought. He was mistaken. A woman found the map to his study table. Perhaps it was his social disposition that attracted people to him. Nevertheless, the woman wanted to talk. He had assumed that far end of the library was the deep end of quietness, apparently for this woman; it was a less strict corner where hush gossip was possible.

Okay, “let’s talk”, he said. “You were saying something”? He asked, hoping for a brief “forget about it” reply. Again he was mistaken. She went into this tirade about her husband; she had helped him become what he is, she picked him from the devil’s jaw, and personally flew him to heaven. She was his: mother, sister, brother, and uncle. Including grandmother.

Okay, “I now know why I am not a renowned writer”, he thought aloud; “I have been wasting my time with the wrong hobby”, insisted my bewildered acquaintance. His true calling was to be a Councillor or rather a listener! A spouse complaint listener – to be precise. There was urgent need to create that title if it was inexistent?

Momentarily he was carried away, he fantasized about his new establishment. Nothing is more exciting than the prospect of great career change – but then it hit him; “my wife!” What was she saying about him? What are her accusations? What was he being persecuted for? If everybody else complained about their partner, why would he be an exception? He was asking me how to approach his wife. He wanted it from the horse’s mouth.

My humble opinion was; talk to your wife if you really want to, but sometimes, sincere conversations are better left alone.

Sincere

Another form of Eerie

Halloween increases in popularity every year. This year, one million more people are expected to celebrate it. As the tradition increases in popularity, so does the languages associated with it. Horror-filled words like, Eerie, haunted, bludgeon, gushed and even mansion (usually desirable), all turns frightening.

As the month of October ends with its abnormal festivities, a different kind of horrors begins; the countdown to the New Year.

The assertion that any event that heralds a new year, not to mention the Christmas before that, should be viewed with scepticism; is ridiculous outright. On the other, if such suggestion is considered on specific situational basis; it starts to add up. For example; what if you have started the year with a certain ambitious resolution? What if you made huge commitment to a partner, or your business? What if your career was in line?

A friend called me three nights ago. At first I thought he was intoxicated. What are the weekends for right? Awkwardly though, brother was sober. Just that sometimes anxiousness can present a sane person as “deranged”. All these months, he has procrastinated executing important tasks. Certainly human mind can be tricky. In complacency, his mind got beclouded by the notion that the sun does set – only as an assurance for tomorrow. He assumed that the uninterrupted cycle of the sun and moon have gotten time frozen in place.

His rude awakening came on the last day of October. As he drank his last in celebration of Halloween (which he knows nothing about anyway), he remembered something; he had bought a franchise, which its permanent extension depended on an agreed number of sales. If! Only he had done a bit of marketing as planned. If only he had created that website, consulted that dealer, designed those packages, his goal could have been achieved with ease. Unfortunately he relied on “tomorrow”.

In this agitated state of his, I was incapable of making any suggestion. Not to add salt to an injury, his articulation needed some straightening before anyone can help. To be clear, yoga is not my specialty. I know however, that taking a deep breath helps with the nerves and blood circulation. It was after some rounds of deep breathing and stretching, that we began to brain storm. The solution was that he will have to put Christmas in focus. Demands are generally high at this time. His target is still attainable, of course not without an efficient strategy and hard work.

Now that everything is calm and on track, I reminiscence and wonder about the Irony; that the tomorrow a man waited for so long, finally was on the horizon; but rather than bring him harvest – it filled him with eerie nightmare.

 

Eerie