Here’s what to expect from The Sparkle Writers Hub in 2018!

Happy New Year Sparkle Writers! 

How are you finding 2018? Have you been able to write anything since the 1st or you are still planning to write something?

Whatever the case is, you know we’re always here to motivate you and keep you consistently inspired to write. This year, we have some special things lined up for you which are geared towards making you a much better writer and helping you to achieve your writing goals for the year. 

There’s just one thing we need from you aside from your commitment – forget about what didn’t happen last year. We don’t want to know whether you were unable to improve your writing skill last year or publish your book. This is a brand new year. Let go of the failures of 2017 and look forward in anticipation of the successes and achievements of 2018. 

Can you do that for us?

Ok. Let’s get right into the good stuff! Drum rolls please.

Introducing The Sparkle Writers Pro!

We’re excited to officially launch our support group for writers, Sparkle Writers Pro. For everyone who wants to seriously improve their writing skill or you need constant motivation to help you achieve your goals, this group is just perfect for you.  

Whether you are a beginner or an expert who has become rusty, you will definitely find something for you in this support group. Here’s a taste of what you should expect;

  • Daily writing tips and motivation geared at helping you to exercise your writing muscles consistently.
  • Weekly Facebook/ Instagram live taught sessions from successful writers, authors and publishers. 
  • Weekly/ monthly writing challenges to help you master the art of writing. 
  • Information about writing opportunities to help you build your brand as a writer. 

Trust us when we say this support group is going to be exciting! Most importantly, you will learn and be positioned to achieve your writing goals, no matter how big it is. 

Access to this group costs N10,500 for one month access, N31,500 for a year access (Yes, one year!) and N5,250 for one-off access (one day). If you enroll for any of our courses, book a one-on-one session with our writing coach or you attend our monthly class in January, you will be added to the support group free of charge. This is our New Year gift to you! 

To join The Sparkle Writers Pro, please click here or send an email to sparklewriterspro@gmail.com

Monthly Group Writing Classes 

You asked and we listened. Starting from this month, we will have monthly group writing classes (every third or fourth Saturday of the month) where you can brush up your writing skills, have access to our writing coach and you will also have the opportunity to network with other writers. 

The class costs N10,500 and we will only be able to take a maximum of six writers per class.

The writing class for January will take place on Lagos (Mainland) on Saturday 27th January by 10 am.

To register, please click here or send an email to thesparklewritershub@gmail.com . 

Of course, aside from this you can be sure that our daily dose of inspiration on social media and valuable content for writers on the Sparkle Blog will continue. 

Here’s to an amazing 2019 with lots of achievements for you as a writer. 

PS – Don’t forget, you will be added to The Sparkle Writers Pro Support Group free of charge when you book a writing  coach, enroll for a course or coaching program or you attend a group writing class this month. 

 

 

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Go beyond saying you want to write in 2018

Hello dear writer! I know we’re eight days into the new year but since this is our official resumption day, let me start by wishing you a very happy new year. 

We’re grateful at The Sparkle Writers Hub to have you as our follower and supporter. I’m glad that many of you took the motivation we shared on social media and ran with it.

2017 was a year filled with testimonies from writers across the country. We had people who published books, there were some who finally completed their manuscripts after being stuck for many months, other launched their blog, some took their writing more seriously and many more began to make money from the craft.

The biggest testimony for me came from those who never believed they could master the art of writing. Today, because of their commitment to getting better, they are writing like they were born with the skill. 

I say this many times to the writers I coach and those that come for our writing classes, “Writing is not as difficult as you think.” Yes, I understand that you find it very difficult to put your thoughts into words but with great discipline, this will become easier. We’ve had too many testimonies for me to be certain of this. That’s why there is one thing that I need you to do for me this year – go beyond saying you want to write

Talk is cheap and when it comes to achieving goals, talk holds no water. 

I remember this quiet but incredibly intelligent young lady I coached last year. She reached out to me on social media and told me how she had struggled to write a book for eight months. “Eight months? Surely it can’t be that deep!” I had to tell her this. During her first coaching session with me, I was determined to discover what the problem was. After talking with her for several minutes I found it. She talked so much about this book that it became a hindrance when she wanted to settle down to write. In fact, there were many months where she didn’t settle down to write at all. She kept writing in her head. Do you know what I told her? I asked her to take her laptop, open a blank document and just write using a guide and an outline that I shared with her. Four weeks later, that book was finished! 

It’s good to set goals and have big dreams but can you go beyond that stage and actually act on your dreams?

Yes, you don’t write so well. What can you do to change that this year? What steps can you take to ensure that your writing muscles are exercised weekly or even daily? If you lack motivation or inspiration, what can you do to get it?

Push away the excuses and take a step that you didn’t take last year to become better at your craft. You will be surprised at the results you will get. This is why I am very excited about the launch of our support group for writers, Sparkle Writers Pro. If what you need is 24-hour motivation, tips, resources and materials to help you write better, this support group is for you. We are going to work round the clock to make sure we turn you into the best writer you can be. Watch out for more details about Sparkle Writers Pro later today. 

Please remember that your dreams are valid and achievable only if you act! Be committed and consistent with your skill and most importantly, develop it. 

Happy new year once again! 

#WritingQuote – Writers are like dancers, athletes. Without that exercise, the muscles seize up.

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Exercise the writing muscle every day, even if it is only a letter, notes, a title list, a character sketch, a journal entry. Writers are like dancers, like athletes. Without that exercise, the muscles seize up. Jane Yolen, Author of Owl Moon.

Today’s author whose quote we are focusing on today is top notch. Jane Yolen is the prolific author of children’s books and science fiction and has written well over 300 books. Trust us when we say this author is phenomenal. And she advises other writers, including you reading this right now, to exercise the writing muscle. Her advice is definitely valid based on what she has accomplished in her lifetime as a writer.

What you write about does not matter. All that matters is that you write not just weekly or monthly but every single day. Think about it. If an athlete forsakes his daily exercise routine for as long as a month, it would tell on his ability to run or jump properly. Usain Bolt would not be all that exceptional if he was not actively involved in daily exercising his muscles.

There is no shortcut to being a terrific writer. Writing daily is the surest way.

So, dear writer, just write. No matter what the subject of your writing is about, just write your way into excellence every single day. Do not allow your writing muscle seize up and get all rusty.

                  

 

#Word of the Day – Let’s talk about what misanthrope means

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Hey there!

Today, our interesting word is “misanthrope.” If you look really closely at this word, you can tell that it is related to the word “anthropology” which means the study of humans. The word “misanthrope” is pronounced /mis∂nƟ∂up/.

Misanthrope is a noun used to refer to a person who hates all mankind and humanity in general. This is a formal word, derived from Greek misanthrōpos “hating mankind” from misein “to hate” plus anthrōpos “a man.” From the same root, we get the English word anthropology.

If you make a statement or do something that is particularly hostile or untrusting, you can call that misanthropic.

Here is how it is used in sentences.

Examples:

 I do not know of any sane person who would publicly declare himself a misanthrope.

Do not be deceived into thinking that a misanthrope could have genuine love for you.

 

#Grammar series – Let’s talk about reciprocating pronouns

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Hey, Sparkle Writers! Today on grammar series, we will be looking at pronouns. Pronouns are words that take the place of nouns in sentences.

Example: John is in love with his wife (The pronoun ‘his’ replaced the noun ‘John’).

However, our focus will be on a special kind of pronoun: reciprocal pronouns.

What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear the word ‘reciprocal?’ 

Reciprocal is a word used to describe the relationship in which two or more people or groups of people agree to do something similar for each other.

Reciprocal pronoun, on the other hand, is a pronoun that involves an exchange between two or more people. If each of two or more subjects are acting in the same way towards the other, reciprocal pronouns are used.

There are two reciprocal pronouns in English and they are each other and one another. ‘Each other’ is used when two people or two groups are involved in the exchange. ‘One another’ is used when the exchange involves more than two people or groups.

The following examples will clarify the usage of both reciprocal pronouns.

The two maids cleaned each other.

The twin boys made a promise to each other.

The couple sang a song to each other.

The seven dwarfs gossiped with one another until Snow white opened her eyes.

The angels discussed the rebellion of Lucifer with one another.

That’s it on grammar for the week. Till next Tuesday! 

 

 

Dear writer, be your own Chief Encouragement Officer

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As a writer, one thing you have to learn is to be your own CEO – Chief Encouragement Officer.

To be a successful writer, you have to learn how not to depend on the encouragement of others to keep you writing or to keep you going. You have to learn how to speak nice words to yourself about your writing. This is because you might not always get the encouragement you desperately desire from people. We know that writers can be harsh critics of their own work. So, here is how to go about being your own CEO.

Whenever you write and you feel like your work is not good enough, just say this to yourself: “This write-up isn’t so bad but I can always make this better.” That should be the attitude rather than saying, “This write up is so dumb, no one would ever want to read this.” We already know that if you keep up with the negatives, the write-up will end up in the recycle bin.

Now, we are not saying that you do not need cheerleaders (encouragers) in your life. Cheerleaders are an important part of a writer’s life. Rather, all we are saying is that you cannot afford to allow other people determine your confidence level when it comes to your writing. 

Learn how to be your very own CEO. In other words, inspire yourself to greater heights. Always remember that you are your own biggest fan.

 

Writing Quote – The useless days will add up to something  

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“The useless days will add up to something. The shitty waitressing jobs. The hours writing in your journal. The long meandering walks. The hours reading poetry and story collections and novels…. These things are your becoming.” Cheryl Strayed, Author of Wild

One thing you should know and understand as a writer is this – no experience is useless. It really does not matter if it is the most condescending of experiences. It is all going to count for something in the end.

For a writer, every single experience is a potential story waiting to be birthed through words – your words.

It does not matter if it is a heartbreak, a boring lecture, a difficult roommate, an overbearing sibling or parent, a boring book that you have to read for an exam, a birthday celebration, a harrowing experience with your mother’s annoying customers, taking care of your pet dog or the pain of watching your puppy die. All of your experiences will add up to something in the end.

Just like the writer in the above quote says, “These things are your becoming.”  The seemingly useless days will add up to something beautiful in the end.

Writing Quote – It does not matter if you are a struggling writer

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“It does not matter if you are a struggling writer or if your book is in its ninth printing. The only thing that is going to make you feel like a decent person, halfway decent human, is if you stop comparing yourself to other people and write what you need to write.” – Courtney Maum, Author of the novel, I am having so much fun without you.

The comparison trap is one that writers are familiar with. There is this nagging unwholesome temptation to always want to compare yourself with the next writer just so you can tell if you measure up or if you are good enough. God help you if you fall into that temptation.

Well, the good news is this! No one is the standard for measuring how great a writer you are. Keep telling yourself how great you are until people’s eyes are opened to see your greatness. Successful writers have been through that comparison route before but they refused to stay there.

Comparing yourself with some other writer is not going to make you a better writer. You would lose yourself in the comparison game. It is going to make you engage in an unhealthy competition with a person who will, most likely, be totally clueless about the race you are hell bent on winning.

Like the quote above says, “Stop comparing yourself to other people and write what you need to write.” Celebrate your uniqueness as a writer. No other person on the surface of this earth can string words together like you would. Quit expending your energy on fruitless competitions, pick up your pen and write till you have no more words left in you.

Word of the Day – Jekyll and Hyde

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Ever heard of the word Jekyll and Hyde? The fascinating thing is that it exists!

The word is pronounced /ʤekl ∂n haid/.

Jekyll and Hyde is a noun. It is used to refer to a person who is sometimes very pleasant (Jekyll) and sometimes very unpleasant (Hyde) or who leads two very separate lives.

This unusual word has an origin. It found its way into the dictionary from the story by Robert Louis Stevenson, The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, in which Dr Jekyll takes a drug which separates the good and bad sides of his personality into two characters. All the negative characters go to Mr Hyde.

Here is how the word is used in a sentence;

Jack is a difficult person to live with because of his Jekyll and Hyde attitude.

I couldn’t explain her sudden Jekyll and Hide personality, either.

 

 

 

 

#PickOfTheWeek – We are loving these poems; we think you would too

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Hey Sparkle Writers, we are excited to show you some of the amazing poems we have read so far on our timeline for our #PickOfTheWeek. We hope you love them as much as we do. 

The first poem we have to feature is @thatpoetclem’s I think I love my muse. We think the poem is beautiful but his reason for writing it is what got us. How many times have we preached to you about writing even when you don’t feel like it or at the worst write about your writer’s block? This is exactly what he did. 

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Oguntola Dimeji  (@dime1ddon’s) poem titled ‘Our love is water‘ is the next on our list. We love the way he shows us the different sides of love in a precise and beautiful way. Look at it yourself. 

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The Ideal African Childhood by Victory (@the_vic.tory) also caught our attention. He took us back to our childhood and we didn’t want to come back. Do you miss your childhood?

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Last and definitely not the least is China Tori (@miz_uvi’s) poem that got us channeling our parenting instincts. 

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If you are a writer and you post your work on Instagram, don’t forget to forget to tag @thesparklewritershub for a chance to be featured on our Pick of the Week.