#WritingQuote – There is no rule on how to write


There is no rule on how to write. Sometimes it comes easily and perfectly; sometimes it’s like drilling rock and then blasting it out with charges. Ernest Hemingway

This is sooo true! New writers often want to know what the rules of writing are; the do’s and don’ts and as much as we’d like to reel out a ‘writing constitution’ full of the ways and manners you should write, there really isn’t any. 

There are times you’d pick up your pen or open a Microsoft document and the words would come out effortlessly! If only those days could be a bit more frequent. Other times you could stare at your computer for hours and nothing comes; it is part of the process. It doesn’t make you less of a writer and doesn’t mean you don’t have a message. 

Every writer must know this and be ready to go all the way when these dry periods come. Instead of folding your hands at this period, write – write about the fact that you have nothing to write.

Just make sure you write because that’s what writers do! 


#WritingQuote – “When your story is ready for rewrite, cut it to the bone.” Stephen King

Medieval (2).jpg

“When your story is ready for rewrite, cut it to the bone. Get rid of every ounce of excess fat. This is going to hurt; revising a story down to the bare essentials is always a little like murdering children, but it must be done.”
—Stephen King. 

What makes a story or an article so powerful? The fact that it resonates with readers.

The next question would then be how can my story resonate with my readers.

The answer is by writing your truth. 

Once you’ve written down your truth consider that your first draft and this is by no means a way of saying your story is ready for publishing. All you’ve done is the ground work.

The next task is editing that work to make sure it hits the right notes and strikes the right chord. 

Stephen King advises that you cut it to the bone. Why? It is because you don’t want to put words. phrases, punctuation marks that would distract your reader from the essence of the work. 

Editing your work may not be easy because it could feel like you’re hurting your child, something you created, but you have to remember that it is  necessary and must be done. 

#WritingQuote – I think one of the keys to better writing is releasing all of your ideas and to not be afraid.


“I think one of the keys to better writing is releasing all of your ideas and to not be afraid. Dream big. This could be the greatest novel in the world you know.” Adora Svitak

If only we could take Adora’s advice hook, line and sinker, some of us would unlock the biggest stories the world has ever seen. But fear would not let some of us be great! 

Do you know that the average human has between 50,000-70,000 thoughts in a day but we usually take note of just a few of these thoughts. As a writer, do you know how many ideas you may have shut down because it is not good enough, not flowery enough or too vulnerable to be told to the world? It is time to stop it and that’s why we keep saying writers should have a journal because it helps you keep track of those ideas. 

When next an idea comes to your head either for a story, poem or book, don’t shut it down. Write it, give it flesh and life, and let it breath. Chimamanda could have laughed off the story idea for Americannah but she didn’t. Rowling could have laughed off the Harry Potter idea but she wrote it down. 

Don’t laugh off that bestseller because you are afraid to just try and put those words down. 

#WritingQuote – “I write because there is some lie that I want to expose, some fact to which I want to draw attention.” George Orwell

“When I sit down to write a book, I do not say to myself, ‘I am going to produce a work of art.’ I write it because there is some lie that I want to expose, some fact to which I want to draw attention, and my initial concern is to get a hearing.” George Orwell

Most times, writers are too concerned about their books becoming bestsellers and winning awards that they lose focus of the main thing – the reason why the book is being written. 

This is not to say that you shouldn’t aspire to be a bestseller or win awards for your writing. What we are saying is that money and awards are not and should not be your primary reason for writing a book. Your reason for writing a book has to be stronger and more powerful than awards or money. 

Are you writing to make people laugh? Are you writing to speak on a subject that the society has ignored? Or maybe you are using your life as a basis to encourage somebody who is about to give up. Do you want your book to discuss and pose solutions to some of the nation’s biggest problems? Whatever it is, you’ve got to find it. 

Once you are able to identify your ‘why’ and you do all you can to achieve that, the awards and the money will follow. 

Most successful people don’t just strive to be successful or rich. Their primary goal is to make impact and on the journey of making impact, fame and money find them. 


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

Medieval (1)

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


“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 – “Style means the right word. The rest matters little.” – Jules Renard

Medieval (4)

“Style means the right word. The rest matters little.” – Jules Renard

Have you read some books and wondered how the writer could write so beautifully yet you can’t point to anything significantly special in the writing style? This is probably because the writer has found a way to put the right words in the most appropriate spots to create magic, making it difficult for you to drop the book. 

This is an art every writer has to learn. Once you do this, your readers will find it easy to read your work and they’d love you much more.  There are a thousand and one rules that exist for writers to follow and sometimes trying to remember and fit all into your writing can be hectic. What you need to do instead is make sure you use the right words.  Avoid Clichés and be as descriptive as possible.

Use words that evoke strong emotions. For example, it is not every time a person cries, there are times they weep or sob. Differentiating these may just be what will make your writing fab. 

Once you get this right, the rest doesn’t really matter, 



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

Medieval (2)

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.



Quote of the Day – A writer is not a writer just because she writes well


What qualifies a person to be a writer? Is it the fact that a person has a way with writing words? Is it because the person can use the pen to capture a captivating story? As this quote above states, a writer is not a writer just because he or she writes well.

There’s more to being a writer than writing well. We love the way Junot captures it, “A writer is a writer because even when there is no hope, even when nothing you do shows any sign of promise, you keep writing anyway.

The journey to being an accomplished writer can be lonely sometimes. There will be times of discouragement but you need to keep writing. Do you know why? It is because you have a message that the world needs to hear. There are lives that you are meant to touch with your words.

So don’t stop writing. Your words are important.

Don’t stop making progress


We absolutely love this quote by Plato. It’s easy to get discouraged when you first start out as a writer; things seem to move slowly. The money usually takes some time to come and mastery of skill comes with time as well. Don’t be discouraged. Keep at it. You’re making progress no matter how slow it is. That big cheque will come. That book you’ve been dreaming of writing will happen. Just keep writing; one page at a time.

Keep sparkling!