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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REVIEW OF “SORROW’S JOY” A PASSAGE THROUGH CANCER. BY OGOCHUKWU .P.

REVIEW OF “SORROW’S JOY” A PASSAGE THROUGH CANCER. BY OGOCHUKWU .P.

“Sorrow’s Joy” A passage through cancer by Ogochukwu Promise  was published by book craft Africa in 2015. The novel let’s us into the unspoken feelings of cancer patients through the eyes of the character of Sefi Atufe. Sefi Atufe is a happily married mother of two who has just discovered that she has cervical cancer at the peak of her prime. An ailment she watched her mother die from. In order to be able to fully grasp her predicament; she is forced to revisit her past and thereby letting us into her dysfunctional family. She sulks, breaks down in tears, hallucinates and woo’s death. During one of her episodes, she takes us down memory lane to her childhood misadventures which led her to loose her virginity to Kadiri. A promiscuous young teenager at a very young age. She goes further to tell us about her randy father who left her mother for another woman and also her mother who collected semen for diabolical purpose and was believed to be a drug baron. She also talks about AYO her brother who becomes heavily affected by her parents lifestyle and therefore lives a reckless lifestyle. This lifestyle accounts for the distance between them. Sefi Atufe  introduces us to

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BROKEN OR NOT episode 4

BROKEN OR NOT episode 4

https://istory.com.ng/broken-or-not-episode-4/EPISODE 4 *OMOLOLU*Ijeoma stared at me as she stood behind her ‘lover’ and stuttered over some inaudible words.“Err…Tiwa! Ah…” She struggled with words as she approached Tiwa. Tiwa dashed behind me and Ijeoma stepped back. “I…I…I…am really…err…”I saved her the drama. “Is my daughter safe here, Ijeoma?” I asked, staring at her ‘lover’.She nodded as she blinked. “Au…Austin is…is”Spare me the story.” I replied as I placed the phone in Tiwa’shand. “You can always call me,” I said and pecked her forehead. Tiwa smiled faintly. “When would you come back for me?” she asked.“Soon. I’ll end all these soon.” I promised as we hugged. “Take care of my daughter, she is still your daughter if you still remember.” I said sternly and turned to walk away.“Omololu.”I froze in my track as Ijeoma called my name like the first time. I could feel my heart beat racing fast as her footsteps drew closer. I blinked not knowing if I should turn in her direction. My heart still did beat for her. I closed my eyes as I felt her hand run through my chest.“Omololu, please.” She said quietly. I blinked and took her hands away carefully and turned towards her. Her eyes

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BROKEN OR NOT ☆episode 03☆

BROKEN OR NOT ☆episode 03☆

https://istory.com.ng/broken-or-not-%e2%98%86episode-03%e2%98%86/ ☆☆EPISODE 03 Tiwa kept her eyes shut as she felt a dark movement over her face. She blinked involuntarily giving herself away in the process. “She is alive.” A female voice said. Tiwa’s eyes flew open as she jumped up from the bench and looked at the crowd that surrounded her. Left or right? She contemplated within herself, unsure of what direction to take. It didn’t matter that there was a man with a Bible in his hand and the women with scarves covering their hair. No one could be trusted!“Grab her, don’t let her run.” The man with the Bible ordered. Tiwa tried to leap across the bench but crashed onto the floor hard. She let out a loud cry and they all rushed to help her up. “Take her into the church.” The man ordered and Tiwa was carried into the church by two men as she cried softly. *OMOLOLU*I watched as Mom drank her water slowly and took deep breaths. I wished I could do more for her, but I had caused her more pain by saying I would marry Olivia. She had never liked Olivia.*****“Mom, meet Olivia. She is my friend from Lagos.” I had said when Olivia came to Ibadan to visit us. Mom took in her appearanc

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TOP 5 FEMALE NIGERIAN WRITERS

TOP 5 FEMALE NIGERIAN WRITERS

https://istory.com.ng/top-5-female-nigerian-writers/ There are no doubt so many female Nigerian writers who are doing well both locally and internationally. However My top 5 Nigerian female writers was based mainly on the writers ability as a person to influence me through their words and ideas. Collectively, these women hold readers captivated with stories of fantastical worlds, suspense and drama, insights into the complexities of minority experiences and cultures, and fresh takes on societal issues and expectations.   1)   CHIMAMANDA NGOZI ADICHE It is pretty impossible to list the names of Nigerian authors without including Chimamanda’s name. Chimamanda is a novelist, writer of short stories, non-fiction and a proud feminist. Her work includes Purple Hibiscus, Half Of A Yellow Sun, Americanah and short story anthology titled The Thing Around Your Neck. If you haven’t read either one, then please what is you doing? Chimamanda is an undisputed badass female doing well both locally and internationally.   2)    NNEDI OKORAFOR: She is an international award-winning novelist of African-based science fiction, fantasy and magical realism for both childre

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10 Writing Resolutions You Can Fulfill Today

10 Writing Resolutions You Can Fulfill Today

Sometimes even the most well-intentioned writing resolutions can end up being whimsical, erratic, and just plain unrealistic. But when you focus on goals that are slightly more achievable, you’re not only more likely to pull them off, but you’ll also feel much better about yourself come deadline time. Following are ten writing resolutions you can start fulfilling right now. 1. You Can Write Every Day Or at least on a regular basis. Plan a reasonable writing schedule and stick with it. Perhaps you’ll write for two hours every day, as I do, or perhaps you’ll only be able to save twenty minutes from the general frenzy of life. Whatever the amount of time, make up your mind to stick with it relentlessly. 2. You Can Finish That First Draft Let this be the year you type “The End” on that story (or stories) you’ve been tinkering with. Unfinished stories are unread stories, and unread stories are unpublished stories. Start building the habit of finishing every story you start. 3. You Can Study the Craft/Read More Invest in some worthy books on the craft, subscribe to writing magazines, or sign up for writing workshops either online or at a con

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CULTURE: STUCK IN A DREAM.

CULTURE: STUCK IN A DREAM.

CULTURE: STUCK IN A DREAM.   Did you ever stare at a face carved in stone and within a split second of magical awe, realize that this man made soul is a correct depiction of the statical form of a man, stuck in a dream?   Reliving a life planted in his mind by a time when influenced by pride in a worthy home, his maker gave essence to void. A void which once was him.   Clinging now to the euphoria and wealth in his creator's smile, as he knelt before an oversized pebble, on that day, beside a glory filled hut. Surrounded by gorse and rich trees, dancing to the story filled songs, on lips shaped like the half-moon’s smile.   Do you ever stare at this face, and wish to be stuck in his dream? Or ask, "at what point did growth go wrong?"   Have we cast back into the night, Those shadows that gave depth to our plain, garish selves? Have we drowned in foreign light, the gentle, feeble glow, that was the muse in the darkest times   Wishing now to be sucked into our stone friend's sleep, Are we, ourselves, stuck in a dream? A tap on the shoulder, or a loud call away

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MOON RANT

MOON RANT

MOON RANT If we wait for the Moon to rise, and it doesn't, We would dance in the gloom tonight.   We'd dance timelessly, 'cause we'd be free of distractions. They create illusions of the absence of time.   We'd dance peacefully, 'cause we'd be free of noise Love would be graced with peace of mind.   If we wait for the Tide to rest and it doesn't, We would swim in rhythm with the waves.   We'd swim fearlessly, 'cause our motions understand, that the waves are subject to the brain.   We'd swim unrestricted, 'cause there are no barriers. The water is always a friend, my Dear.   But if the Moon does rise And the Tide finds rest As they do in your dark brown eyes.   We'll neither dance nor swim. We'd kick back and dream. Baby, remember; Peace of mind.  

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BROKEN OR NOT episode 2

BROKEN OR NOT episode 2

EPISODE 02 *I watched as Austin crossed from the other side of the road to meet me. “I can’t find her anywhere. Maybe we should take the car.” He said, breathing fast. I held my head. “I am finished.” I ran my fingers across my hair in fear. “Austin, my daughter is gone. What am I going to do? ” You are gonna calm down.” He replied and pulled me to the passenger’s seat. “Get in.” He ordered. I obeyed immediately and took my seat as Austin started the car. “Where could she have gone to?” I asked. He took a glance at me and focused on his driving. “Ijeoma, how do you expect me to know that? We are gonna drive slowly; you keep your eyes to the right. I’ll focus on the left.” He replied as he gazed through the window. “I am a failure; I should have left Tiwa with her father. I should have, I have really failed.” I started. “She is new to Lagos, this is her first visit and she came because of this trial. I am ruined. I have killed my daughter. “Austin shook his head pitifully as he turned in the next fuel station. “Ijeoma, this is not your fault. She decided to take off.” It’s my fault! I should have forced her to come upstairs with me. Where do I go from here?” I retorted angrily. He

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BROKEN OR NOT

BROKEN OR NOT

EPISODE one. The front door flung open as I pulled Tiwa with me, out of the Lagos City Hall. Tiwa struggled helplessly with me, but I didn’t loosen my firm grip on her hand. “Would you behave yourself?” I charged as I pushed Tiwa forward. “I want my father!” she retorted angrily. I eyed her coldly. “Look here, you heard the Judge,” I shouted as I pressed the remote control to my latest acquisition, a black Toyota Camry 2014. Tiwa scoffed. “I don’t like you, and you better not forget that.” She said as she kicked the car’s tyre furiously. I raised my hand to hit her but I restrained myself knowing that we were standing right in front of the Lagos City Hall and it could instantly jeopardize my chances of having her. “OH…you scared?” she asked, with a subtle but evil grin. I could see the hatred burning in her eyes. My own daughter despised me. “ Ijeoma…Ij!”I turned around to see Omololu as he ran in our direction panting heavily. “You don’t have to do this, Ijeoma.” He said as he bit his lower lip lightly. That was the first thing that attracted me to Omololu, his lips! And whenever he bit the lower one, I always felt excited all the way to my toes. “You don’t have to do this.” H

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