The world doesn’t need another Shakespeare or J.K Rowling, it needs you!

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Shakespeare, J.K Rowling, Stephen King, Jeff Goins, Ernest Hemingway – we admire their work, we marvel at their creativity and definitely want to read more from them. What we don’t want is to read another person who is failing at trying to sound or write like they do! Nope we are not interested. 

Writing is simple; it is about looking at the world and saying what you see. If you are trying to say what someone else sees you will struggle for the most part of it. 

One sure way to ruin all your chances of becoming a good writer is by trying to be someone you’re not. The reason that you’re intimidated by other writers is probably because you think you need to become like them to be a good writer. Absolutely not. 

You might be thinking that the best way to get to the top of the writing ladder is to read about the daily routines of Dickens and the like and to follow their every step. You might be thinking that you need to read all the classical literature you can find and follow every single element of their writing styles. At best that will only get you to a wear a mask. No matter how accurately you can copy the writing styles of the great wordsmiths, you still won’t be as good as the original. People will see through the fraud that you’ll become. You won’t become a trendsetting phenomenon in the writing world.

The world doesn’t need another Shakespeare. The world needs something new, original, and authentic. And the only way you can bring in something new into the world is if you show the unique way in which you see your world.

The world is waiting for the manifestation of your talent! 

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#WritingQuote – Writing is an exploration, you start from nothing and learn as you go

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The notion new writers have that they need to know all there is to know (as if that’s even possible) about writing before they call themselves writers is so wrong and honestly pretty much unrealistic.

No one knows all there is to know about writing. We all just continue to explore our abilities, learn new things and increase our capabilities. 

Ask anyone who is on a roll in this profession, they do a whole lot of exploring and trying out new things. If you are hesitant to do this you will not go very far and that’s the honest truth. 

So explore and improve yourself daily. 

#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.

                  

 

#Writing Quote – ”There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” Maya Angelou

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”There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” Maya Angelou, I know why the Caged Bird Sings

We know this is a popular quote but the message still holds true.

It is quite unfortunate that a lot of writers have died with untold stories, stories that struggled to breathe, stories that were shut up in their bowels simply because they felt the words that made up these stories were not worthy enough to be read, heard, experienced and felt.

Dear writer, it is time to give those words the freedom to breathe. It is time to tell the world your story. Do not keep on bearing untold stories inside of you. Listen to the words of Maya today. It is time to give life to your stories. Rise up to the occasion, stare brazenly at your laptop screen and type away. Type for that one person who needs to hear your story to snap out of that depressed state or that suicidal thought.

Never underestimate the power of your story.

 

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.

12 Reasons Why You Are Good Enough to Write a Book

Hello, Sparkle Writers! Welcome to a new week. We know some of you would love to start writing but you keep second-guessing yourself. We are here to help you with that. We came across these 12 reasons why you are good enough to write a book and we knew we just had to share them with you!

Whether it’s a book, a blog post or an article that you want to write, we hope these 12 reasons will spur you to do so immediately!

1. If you’re not willing to give up on your dream…you are good enough.

2. If you’ve ever read a book and thought, “I can totally do this!”…you are good enough.

3. If someone’s ever asked you, “How did you write that?”…you are good enough.

4. If you’ve experienced a tragedy and you came out stronger…you are good enough.

5. If you can hold a pen, with your hand, toes and even your mouth…you are good enough.

6. If you think your message can touch ONE life…you are good enough.

7. If people comment on your Facebook (or Instagram) posts saying how it blessed them…you are good enough.

8. If someone has ever said to you, “You should write a book!”…you are good enough.

9. If you’ve ever been so passionate about something you felt your heart would burst…you are good enough.

10. If you care about your family, neighbours, friends, or the world…you are good enough.

11. If you’ve ever felt pain…you are good enough.

12. If you’ve ever wished you could inspire others the way a book inspired you…you are good enough.

If one of these things is true…You. Are. Good. Enough. Now go and write that story!