Writing a good story is one thing, and getting eople to read is another

Writing a good story is one thing, getting people to read it is another. So how do you get people to notice and read your interesting story?

Recently I had an opportunity to sit with Gucci, an Indie writer like myself trying to get his work out. Gucci’s lamentations is that despite his efforts to write good stories, he isn’t able to get people to read it. It is demotivating to write and yet no one wants to read. Approximately a year has passed since Gucci published his work, however only a hand full of persons have read it.

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Weird mechanism for improving creative writing

Creative writers do suffer serious cognitive dissonance when debating the best approach to creativity; do you put your mind and soul into writing, or do you put your thoughts elsewhere?

Putting your thought elsewhere appears rather axiomatic, but is definitely less weird a creative writing mechanism as it seems.

I am not the only one who’s been hit with inspiration at a time of distraction, in fact many amazing work has been conceived at a time of total inattention. But the problem is there is no button one can push to unleash an “eureka”, so is the alternative a self-induced alteration of cognition?

One weird mechanism for triggering creative writing powers is by limiting awareness, of which mild intoxication is one route.

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Why you should use Capitalization as a literary device

Rupi Kaur’s Milk and Honey, a collection of 200 poems about love and loss – abuse and healing, initially self-published in 2014 sold over a million copies, and remained on the New York Times bestseller list for 52 consecutive weeks, in 2017. Continue reading “Why you should use Capitalization as a literary device”

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:

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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 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 the right vibe is just isn’t there. Fortunately, a writer facing such predicament can summon prompts. Call them magic wands, and you’d be right.



Below are two solid sources for your 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.

Weird mechanism to improve creative writing

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.