#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

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“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 – “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 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.

You have a beautiful story to write


Every writer has a beauty story within.

The beauty of your story is not determined by the means through which it is published. Whether it is written on a blog, or in an obscure newspaper, a beautiful story is a beautiful story.

As the quote for today says, “A beautiful story on a crumpled piece of paper is still a beautiful story.”

Don’t despise your story. Don’t belittle the value of your story simply because you haven’t been published on a big platform. Start where you are with the platform that you have. A bigger one will come your way.