Struggling to write your first draft? These four tips will help you

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You can have several ideas inside of you, these ideas can even be the best things to happen to humanity in the 21st century. The unfortunate thing however is that if you don’t sit down to write that first draft, your idea will always be an idea.

There is a quote that says “Every writer I know has problem writing.” This is probably because some of us find it hard to put our drafts together.

Most times writers find it difficult to get the words out. Although there are different approaches to writing a first draft, it is certain that you’d have to do one thing and that is to ‘Write.’

Since we’ve agreed on that, let’s highlight a few tips that can help you out your first draft together.

Figure out what you want to write about

Although this may not happen all of the time, it is advisable to have an idea of what you want to write about. You can do a quick outline and then try to flesh it up. Outlining is an incredibly strong, compelling structure upon which you can build complex characters, or subplots, twists, or beautiful writing.

Don’t stop until the end

As much as possible, avoid distraction and keep writing. You don’t want to lose your line of thought and start struggling to remember what you wanted to say. That alone can cause anxiety and can lead to a temporary writer’s block.

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Don’t try to edit or re-write

When you are writing your first draft, stick to writing alone. Don’t try to edit your ideas until you finish writing. Just write. According to Shawn Coyne rewriting or editing before you have completed the first draft will lead to despair. Editing sentences before the story is complete may make it harder for you to follow your train of thought with the story.

Don’t get discouraged

This is definitely not easy especially when you have an idea of what you want your book or article to look like and the draft doesn’t fit that picture. It is a draft. It is not expected to be perfect. Just keep writing. Getting discouraged will not write you a book.

“Remember the purpose of a first draft is to get it right not get it written!” John Dufresne

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Too busy to write? These tips will help

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It’s one thing to love to write, it is another thing to create the time to write. A major problem most writers complain of is getting the time to do the actual writing. For whatever reason, it is always a herculean task. However if you don’t find the time to write can you keep calling yourself a writer? Not really.

A popular writing quote says ‘You don’t find time to write you make time.’

This just means there will always be other things that seem to be more important than writing but if you want to make a success out of this you must be ready to cast other things aside and actually write.

Today we are giving you practical tips on how to create your writing time.

Choose a suitable period of the day

You don’t need to sit at your computer and write 24 hours a day especially if you have a regular job. Instead, decide what time of the day works for you and stick with it. Is it early in the morning? While in transit? During lunch break? Or just before you go to bed? Choose a tme and stick to it. That way, you get to write every day for shorter periods of time instead of going to stare at the computer for hours.

Have writing goals

Goals have a way of pushing you to work especially if you are serious about achieving them. Create a bigger goal and then outline the steps you need to get there. Give each step a timeline and ensure that you keep to it. This practice also gives you a better sense of how those years can slip by if you let them. Set a goal that inspires you and work back to create a schedule.

Be accountable

It is one thing to set writing goals but a totally different thing to be accountable. If you find it difficult to be accountable with your writing goals you may need to get an accountability partner. You can pair up with a friend who is also a writer, join a writing group or take a writing class. All these can give you the push you need to keep writing, no matter how busy you are.

What other methods do you use to create time to write?

3 things every writer should do about technological trends

 

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Learning about new trends and technology hacks the gurus speak of can be boring and even make your head spin. The worst part of it will probably be the fact that things change so fast and you can’t seem to keep up.

Here are 3 simple things every writer needs to do about technological trends;

Don’t ignore new developments.

Yes, we know these developments come too frequently. It’s like you are trying to figure out what this new app is about and then boom, it becomes outdated because something else has been introduced into the market. That is, however, not enough reason to ignore or turn a blind eye. As a writer, try as much as possible to stay updated about what is happening in the tech world. Technology is very important especially with connecting us to our readers whether online or offline.

Don’t over think it

Some writers allow the frequent updates and all the numerous terms to overwhelm them. This is not acceptable. All these inventions have been created to make your life and career better. All you need to do is to take one step at a time and keep it simple. Don’t try to learn and apply all the tricks in one day.

Use what works for you

In all of these, learn and stick to what works for you. Learn to optimally utilize the internet without giving yourself such a hard time. You don’t have to be on all social media sites. Choose the one that helps you connect most with your audience. Don’t do anything just  because the next writer is doing it.

Most importantly, stay informed and stay relevant.

Manage rejection with these 8 tips

by Adedotun Adejoorin 

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Hello dear writer, how are you doing?

Do you know that Ray Bradbury the author of over 100 science fiction novels and stories had around 800 rejections before selling his first story?

Entrepreneurs, writers, artistes or anyone who puts his work out there must know that rejection is inevitable. It is not every time that the publisher, editor or boss is going to think your work is the best thing that has happened to humanity. Sometimes your work will get rejected and this can be really tough and annoying too.

 So what do you do when rejection stares at you in the face?

  1. Relax. When you get a rejection it does not mean that your life is over or your career is dead. Do not be too hard on yourself; it is JUST a rejection. You may need to take a break from writing especially commercially and just rest. This will give you fresh inspiration when you return to your writing desk.

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  1. Get used to it.  This is not because you are a terrible writer. It is because it is just a part of life. Rejections happen to the best of us so don’t let it bring you down. Nobody likes to be rejected but when we are, we must ensure that we learn from it and move on. Rejections are part of your experience in becoming a better and more successful writer. It’s part of your writing story!
  1. It is not about you. Instead of moping around, acting like you were rejected, remember that it is not about you. Your work was rejected not you. Don’t think that the publisher hates you or does not like the way you dress. Instead go back and get better.

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  1. Go over the comments and corrections. When your work is rejected with comments explaining why it was rejected then you should rejoice. Not every publisher takes the pain to do that. Go over the comments written down and learn from them. You do not have to agree with everything that was written. Pick what you can and move forward.  Although your work was rejected, at least you gained extra knowledge.
  1. Send to another publisher, editor or writing group. Sometimes it is good to get another ‘diagnosis’ for your work you know. Send your work to another publisher or writing group that can help review it sincerely and professionally. Sparkle Writers is one writing group you can trust. We truly care about that article. We have the expertise to help you ensure that your work is properly reviewed.
  1. Implement the recommendations. According to Malcolm Forbes, failure is success if we learn from it. Have you taken time to check the reasons why your work was rejected? Instead of thinking it is because the editor does not like your face, check the comments on your work and learn from the corrections. If you have to change one or two things about your work, change them and ensure that they never repeat themselves again. Even if the work was rejected, at least you learnt something.
  1. Share your feelings. A problem shared is already half solved. You can share your feelings with friends or other writers. It will at least help you lift the burden that rejection seems to have placed on you. By sharing your feelings you may get to hear stories of other writers who were also rejected and got encouraged again.
  1. Remind yourself why you love writing. Let’s face it, rejection can be a huge disappointment and it can discourage anyone. So take a piece of paper and just write down all the reasons why you love writing. it will encourage you not to give up.

 

 

Wondering why people don’t read your posts? This may be the reason

by Adedotun Adejoorin 

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How does it feel when it seems no publisher, editor or even prospective reader likes your article? Terrible right? It is even worse when there is no reason attached to it.

There are so many reasons why your manuscript or article can be rejected and because we care, we have compiled a few of those reasons so you can be aware of them and use them to your advantage.

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  1. Wrong Market. Every writer has a market which he or she writes for. Your market is the crop of people who will be interested in your writing. So if your work is meant for artisans and you give it to a publisher of a campus magazine, it is very likely that it will be rejected. We advise that you evaluate your writing style, determine who your audience is and align your writing and submissions accordingly. It doesn’t matter how good your writing is, if it is for the wrong market it will always get rejected. You should never put square pegs in round holes.
  1. Too many errors. This could be quite annoying! One of the things a writer can do to get their work immediately rejected is by submitting it with too many errors, especially the avoidable ones. Go over your work and if possible send it to an editor. Do not write ‘the sheeps left the shed in the night’ please! Publishers are very busy and seeing so many avoidable errors in your work makes you look unprofessional and lazy. Sparkle Writers can help in editing your work. We’ll give it the professional touch!

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  1. Boring article. This is a NO NO; any time, any day. Nobody is interested in reading boring articles. Life is already hard enough. Janet Reid a literary agent said that it takes her 15 seconds to determine whether or not she is interested in a particular manuscript. Hence your story has to GRAB the attention of the reader right from the start.
  1. Unauthentic article. If your article does not seem real or authentic to the publisher it will be rejected. That is why you need to be real. There is no need trying to reproduce another man’s work. “If I feel like I have read something like this before, why should I continue reading it?” That is how your readers think.

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  1. Wrong timing. Sometimes it has nothing to do with you. You probably submitted your article when the company was going through financial hardship and they just did not have the capacity to publish it. Or maybe they just accepted a story similar to yours and they do not need another for now.

Whatever the reason for the rejection, remember that it is NOT the end of the world. Keep writing. Your work will gain traction sooner or later.

 

Watch this video to learn how to build your writing portfolio

Adedoyin Jaiyesimi, The Writer's Diary

To get writing jobs, you need to show your clients that you have the required skill and experience. The best way to do that is to build a portfolio that is outstanding. Now that’s easier said than done especially if you are an upcoming writer. It’s rare to find clients who will trust you with their jobs because they don’t know you.

So how can you build your portfolio? Watch this week’s Writer’s Diary with Adedoyin Jaiyesimi. She gives some great tips on how you can build your experience and develop your portfolio of work at the same time. Enjoy!

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Adedoyin Jaiyesimi, The Writer's Diary

Hello Sparkle Writers. How is your week going? Have you written anything new this week? We sincerely hope you have!

Another episode of The Writer’s Diary with Adedoyin Jaiyesimi is up on our Youtube channel and we know you will love this episode. Adedoyin Jaiyesimi talks about knowing your audience in order to tailor your writing to meet their needs. This episode is a must watch especially if you want to write posts that will attract huge amounts of traffic.

Enjoy episode 5 of The Writer’s Diary with Adedoyin Jaiyesimi.