#WritingQuote – “Read everything you can lay hands on.” Michael Moorcock

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“My first rule was given to me by TH White, author of ‘The Sword in the Stone’ and other Arthurian fantasies and was: Read. Read everything you can lay hands on. I always advise people who want to write a fantasy or science fiction or romance to stop reading everything in those genres and start reading everything else from Bunyan to Byatt.” — Michael Moorcock

This is one mind-blowing quote from an unusual author. Initially, this quote might not make a whole lot of sense until you take a deeper look at it. How do you get better at writing a science fiction by reading other books that are not science fiction-related?

The answer is you get infinitely better because ideas that come from reading books in genres that are way different from your genre of writing would be invaluable when infused into your writing.

For instance, if you are a fiction writer and you read non-fiction books or even fantasy books, you would be able to get both realistic experiences and ideas from non-fiction books to add to your fiction writing with a sprinkle of weirdness coming from fantasy books. Isn’t that dope? 

The main point of the quote is this: as a writer, you have to learn the art of diversity and versatility. Do not allow yourself to be stuck in one kind of writing. You have to be an adventurous reader to write adventurously.

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#WritingQuote – “Write like it matters and it will.” Libba Bray

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”Write like it matters and it will ” – Libba Bray, Author of Going Bovine

Do you know that readers can sense pretense, lack of depth and laziness from your work? When you write like you don’t care or you do a lazy work, it shows and gives you a bad reputation.

Our question for you today is this, “How do you write?” This is a question that you need to reflect on. It is very important because the way you write matters a lot. If you write with the mentality that your writing does not possess the capacity to transform minds, then your writing would not go so far. Why? It would reflect. Something about that work would be off. 

You have to write like your writing matters. You have to write like you have an important message to pass across (which you really do by the way). Put some work into your research, get your facts right, don’t do a careless job because you never know where your work could get to.

You have to write like you know your writing is going to do amazing things to the minds of the people who would eventually read it. In summary, write like it matters and it will.

#WritingQuote – “To create a market for your writing, you have to be consistent, professional, a continuing writer.”

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“To create a market for your writing, you have to be consistent, professional, a continuing writer, not just one-article or a one-story or a one-book man. ” – Langston Hughes, author of Simple Takes A Wife

This is to all those writers who want to create a market for their writing. There is a need for consistency in your writing.

Being a consistent writer gives you some sort of leverage over the other writer who does one article, maybe per month or one story in two months. It is simply logical that you will improve your writing skills by writing every time.

The quote above says you have to be a continuing writer. Writing has to be a continuous act for you to create a market for your writing. There are certain writers who have carved a particular niche for themselves because they have written several novels, books or articles that have pegged them as either fiction writers or no-fiction writers or sci-fiction writers and so on.

Therefore, dear writer, write all the time. Continue writing and never stop writing.

#WritingQuote – “Writing isn’t about making money; it’s about enriching the lives of those who will read your work.”

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“Writing isn’t about making money, getting famous, getting dates, getting laid, or making friends. In the end, it’s about enriching the lives of those who will read your work, and enriching your own life, as well.” ~ Stephen King

This is one insightful post from the great Stephen King. It brings to the spotlight the purpose or motive for writing. Writing should not be about being famous, making money and all of those other superficial things. Rather, it should be about enriching lives.

Yes we need to make money but it should not be the ultimate reason why we write.

Will it not be beautiful thing if someone wrote you a mail saying that your work pulled him or her out of depression or suicidal thoughts? That would be awesome. No amount of money can even remotely compare to that testimony. At least, that’s what we think.

Dear writer, write to enrich lives because the more lives you enrich, the more your life gets better for it. Never forget these powerful words from Stephen King as you go about your writing activities for the day or the week or the month or the year.

#WritingQuote – “Don’t let a single day go by without writing.”

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“Don’t let a single day go by without writing. Cause even garbage eventually becomes compost with a little treatment.” Alex Myers, author of The Jump

We love the imagery of agriculture Alex Myers brings into this quote so we get the picture instantly. Compost is basically decayed stuff transforming into fertilizer. Isn’t it awesome that nature teaches writers how to make the most of work they consider to be garbage?

To be honest with you, there is really no such thing as garbage writing. With a little treatment, editing, researching and all the other deliberate efforts that go into bringing beauty out of the ashes of your writing, something awesome can come out of it.

Alex is saying to you today, “DO not let a SINGLE day go by without writing.” Just write something – anything, with the knowledge that even garbage eventually becomes compost with a little treatment.

 

#WritingQuote – I believe myself that a good writer doesn’t really need to be told anything except to keep at it.

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        I believe myself that a good writer doesn’t really need to be told anything except to keep at it.                             Chinua Achebe, author of Things Fall Apart.

Well, no other writer could have said it better. This legendary literary icon of the twentieth century basically summarized what we do here at the Sparkle Writers Hub. We tell you to keep writing, we tell you to keep at it and now you’ve heard it from Achebe.

There is no other way to be a better writer except you keep at it. Achebe’s apt quote is really all you need to become as a writer. So, dear writer, keep writing and never stop until you write your way into the other side of this life.

It’s a new year and YES this is ALL we want to tell you today. KEEP AT IT. If you love writing, if it brings you joy, whether or not its bringing money, fame or so many comments, keep at it!

The results will be EPIC!

#WritingQuote – Don’t be fake. You are more interesting as you truly are

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Ask questions. Never pretend to know what you don’t know, otherwise you will never learn. Read books. Do things properly. Do not write formal emails in text language where ‘you’ is one letter of the alphabet. Don’t be fake. You are more interesting as you truly are. Don’t measure yourself using another person’s yardstick. Be curious about the world. – Chimamanda Adichie (Nigerian), Author of Americanah.

This is some real life advice for your consumption. Great writers read other writers. That you are a writer does not mean you should be all-knowing. Be humble enough to read books and stop pretending like you know everything.

Another candid advice from Chimamanda is this: jettison the mask you wear and come out plain. Avoid being fake like it is a plague because it actually is. Be the interesting person that you are. Yes, you are really interesting. That boring life is what someone else may just be interested in.

Another thing Chimamanda emphasizes is measuring one’s self using someone else’s yardstick. This is what most writers are guilty of. You have got to learn that no writer is your standard measurement.

Lastly, be curious about the world. You see, this is really profound. Curiosity opens you up to knowledge about the world you live like never before besides, curious people always make the most amazing discoveries.

#WritingQuote – If you want to write you won’t find the time, you will make the time

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“Finish the damn book. You don’t know what you have until you’ve finished it. You don’t know how to fix it until it’s all down on the page. There is no magical motivation fairy. Success is 10% talent, 10% luck, and 80% blood, sweat, tears and determination.  If you want to write you won’t find the time, you will make the time.”                        Lauren Beukes,  Author of Broken Monster.

Lauren gives it to you straight from the heart and we absolutely love that about her!

First, if you do not actually write and finish your book, all you have is NOTHING. It is when you sit down to write that you have SOMETHING that you can fix and tweak. You can’t edit what is not written down already.

Secondly, there is no such thing as a magical motivation fairy. You have got to learn how to speak to yourself and encourage yourself really. You know we say this, ALL THE TIME.

Thirdly, talent is just a small part of the jigsaw puzzle when it comes to writing. The bulk of the puzzle is “blood, sweat and determination.” The process is not going to be all rosy.

Finally, there is never going to be enough time. All we have is twenty four hours. We know you wish we had thirty six hours in a day, don’t we all do? Sadly, that is never going to happen. Just like Lauren says, if you really want to write, you will not “find the time.” You would have to “make the time.”

PS: Lauren wrote her novel at night when she had a three-month old daughter and a full time job. You absolutely have no excuse!

 

#WritingQuote – “Don’t talk about writing. Don’t whine about writing. Write and then edit and edit again.” Nnedi Okorafor

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Don’t talk about writing. Don’t whine about writing. Don’t spend all your time obsessing over who wins what award. Write. And then edit. And edit again. Put in the work. Put in the time. Don’t try to get published too early. Don’t focus on making money or receiving praise, focus on been the best writer you can be.
Nnedi Okorafor, Author of Lagoon

We find this straight-to-the-point quote for today really refreshing. It is so relatable and that is what makes this quote relevant to us as writers. Think about it. How many times have you talked about writing, heard about writing and even read books about writing and yet, you haven’t brought yourself to write a single word, phrase or sentence about anything on your own.

Even when you eventually bring yourself to write, you still obsess about the award that you so badly want your writing to bring for you or the barrage of criticisms that may, most likely, follow your writing.

Nnedi Okorafor is speaking to you today dear writer.

Focus on your writing; focus on being the best writer you can possible be. Go beyond all of the talking about writing and actually write and then edit and edit again. There is no crime in editing. Remember, let your focus remain on you and what you can do to improve you. Seriously, no one becomes a great writer by doing every other thing related to writing except writing itself.

#WritingQuote – Stories can break the dignity of a people and they can also repair that broken dignity. – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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Many stories matter. Stories have been used to dispossess and to malign. But stories can also be used to empower, and to humanize. Stories can break the dignity of a people. But stories can also repair that broken dignity. – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, The Danger of a Single Story, Ted talks.

This is one powerful quote from a Nigerian literary icon. Can you see just how much power your stories possess? Your story matters. If you are out there thinking it does not, you are either lying to yourself or listening to the lies of other people.

Give your story the chance to do what it has the power and capacity to do. Look out for someone around you to empower and to humanize through your story. Your story has repairing power! Can you believe that?

Dear writer, don’t stop writing.  Let your words give somebody else a reason, a single reason to live and a reason to see the world from a whole new perspective.