Word of the Day

Word of the Day

Definition 1 : unruly or disorderly: wild 2 : marked by shyness and lack of social graces Did You Know? In French, farouche can mean "wild" or "shy," just as it does in English. It is an alteration of the Old French word forasche, which derives via Late Latin forasticus ("living outside") from Latin foras, meaning "outdoors." In its earliest English uses, in the middle of the 18th century, farouche was used to describe someone who was awkward in social situations, perhaps as one who has lived apart from groups of people. The word can also mean "disorderly," as in "farouche ruffians out to cause trouble."

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word of the Day

word of the Day

Did You Know? Nomothetic is often contrasted with idiographic, a word meaning "relating to or dealing with something concrete, individual, or unique." Where idiographic points to the specific and unique, nomothetic points to the general and consistent. The immediate Greek parent of nomothetic is a word meaning "of legislation"; the word has its roots in nomos, meaning "law," and -thetēs, meaning "one who establishes." Nomos has played a part in the histories of words as varied as metronome, autonomous, and Deuteronomy. The English contributions of -thetēs are meager, but -thetēs itself comes from tithenai, meaning "to put," and tithenai is the ancestor of many common words ending in -thesis—hypothesis, parenthesis, prosthesis, synthesis, and thesis itself—as well as theme, epithet, and apothecary. Definition relating to, involving, or dealing with abstract, general, or universal statements or laws Follow @istoryng and turn on our post notification for your daily dose of enlightenment, interactive sessions, writing prompt, fun, engagement, books and our African stories[ #istoryng Home for readers and writers].

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“AN AFRICAN THUNDERSTORM” 

“AN AFRICAN THUNDERSTORM” 

Who remembered "AN AFRICAN THUNDERSTORM''  by David Rubadiri. There is a lot of inspiration in this poem and that is what I love about it, It's really captivating, how the poem draws the reader's attention to the setting. I could picture the events of the chaos and uproar caused by this storm. This poem reflects how typical African villages are when rain is coming. From the west Clouds come hurrying with the wind Turning sharply Here and there Like a plague of locusts Whirling, Tossing up things on its tail Like a madman chasing nothing. Pregnant clouds Ride stately on its back, Gathering to perch on hills Like sinister dark wings; The wind whistles by And trees bend to let it pass. In the village Screams of delighted children, Toss and turn In the din of the whirling wind, Women, Babies clinging on their backs Dart about In and out Madly; The wind whistles by Whilst trees bend to let it pass. Clothes wave like tattered flags Flying off To expose dangling breasts As jagged blinding flashes Rumble, tremble and crack Amidst the smell of fired smoke And the pelting march of the storm.   David Rubadiri.

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HAPPY WORLD POETRY DAY

HAPPY WORLD POETRY DAY

Let us paint the world with our stories, let our pen be our instrument that would bring forth the voice of reawakening of our hidden treasures that lies in the stories that was left untold.

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World Poetry Day

World Poetry Day

On her Innocent Face she hides the depth of Emotions that sometimes seems to consume her but the strength she finds from deep within. ~ones

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Every Writer Knows These 18 Truths

Every Writer Knows These 18 Truths

  So many times, people just see the good parts of writing or writers that are projected on social media or magazines and what have you. Writing is serious business, and writers face their own share of how unpleasant or pleasant  (as the case may be) it can get. Everything is not always as it seems, there’s more behind-the-scenes to those great books and their creators than you can imagine. If you’re a writer, you’ll no doubt find these things to be true and relatable. Times will come when you have to be your own hype man. The people closest to you may not take you seriously. “Go look for a proper job and stop carrying book up and down.” Writing can be such hard work. You’ll face rejection from publishers. Publishing a book is not easy. Your ‘imaginary friends’ (a.k.a writer’s block) will desert you more often than you’d like. Your real friends may not grasp your constant need for solitude. Laziness/procrastination is your greatest threat to greatness. People look at you with admiration, but what they don’t know is the last time you wrote (should we tell them?). You read some books and self-doubt stealthily creeps in. All your weeks/months of

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7 Habits for Highly Effective Writing

7 Habits for Highly Effective Writing

How many half-hearted drafts do you have here and there? When last did you make a conscious effort to write? Why do you find it easier scrolling through Instagram reading the works of others yet you haven’t written anything in days, if not months? You know you have the talent; everyone marvels at how well you write when you write, masterpieces have been birthed in your head… and it goes on… Long story short, you need new habits! Positive ones of course. Having dreams of being a successful writer like Chimamanda Adichie, Maya Angelou, Wole Soyinka, etc, isn’t far-fetched or impossible, but there are certain habits to inculcate into your life, if not, well your dreams will just remain that – dreams. Success comes with a prize, can you pay it? If you’re determined enough, over time these positive habits will become part of you. 1. Challenge: you can’t grow if you don’t try new things or challenge the status quo. Push yourself to greatness. If you’ve been writing five lines a day, why not try ten tomorrow? These baby steps will give way for giant strides consequently. 2. Focus: starve your distractions and you’ll see that you’ll achieve more. Keep your eyes (and pen or cursor) on the

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2019 AFRICAN WRITERS AWARD OPENS FOR SUBMISSION

2019 AFRICAN WRITERS AWARD OPENS FOR SUBMISSION

The Africa Writers Development Trust (AWDT) is accepting submissions for the 2019 African Writers Award on the theme “Cultural stereotypes in African Literature: Rewriting the narrative for the 21st Century Reader”.  They are accepting submissions in the following categories: Flash Fiction: Max 300 words Short Stories: 2,500 – 5,000 words Poetry: Max 30 lines Children’s stories: Max 1,500 with illustrations (optional). Four writers of African descent will win prestigious awards. The awards will be presented at the 2019 African Writers Conference Dinner and Awards Night scheduled to hold in September this year. The venue, date and time will be communicated at a later date. Please consider the following: Although the author retains full copyright, AWDT reserves the right to use the winning stories for promotional purposes only. This may include publishing it in the Writers Space Africa monthly magazine. The Longlist will be announced in July while the shortlist will be announced early August. The winners will be awarded at the award ceremony in Nairobi, Kenya. Submissions must be in English and must never have been published on any platform. All entries must be

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Discover My Top Writing Tips for Beginners and Get Better at Writing

Discover My Top Writing Tips for Beginners and Get Better at Writing

Have you ever dreamed of becoming a writer? Or ever fancied seeing your name printed in golden letters on the cover of a bestselling book? Well, if you just screamed a roaring ‘hell yes' at the top of your lungs, chances are you're meant to be a writer. You are meant to help change the world and inspire people’s lives through the power of your words. “But how do I begin? I have no ideas.” “I have ideas but I don't know how to put them on paper.” Worry not, I have a plan for you. Start reading and mimic the voice Write catchy titles Write for yourself Research and understand your audience Study ways to become a great storyteller Make your readers feel something Explore the Internet Be consistent Believe in yourself Write to throw the paper away These are my hand-picked top 10 writing tips for beginners to help you blossom into a top-notch writer. So explore each deeper, read them, apply them, and go get writing. 1. Read like a maniac As a writer, words are your fuel; and what better way to master words than reading itself. If you want to write, you need to read — and read, and read, and read! Read everything you can get your hands

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