This is what it means to write from the heart

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”Write from the heart.”

You must have heard this line before. You are probably still wondering what it means and why people insist that you must write from the heart. The answer is not far fetched. It is the best place to write from! 

There is a difference between writing because you have to or because your job demands that you write and writing a piece from your heart – something that resonates with you and literally brings fire to your bones.  That’s the reason they say: ”No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader.” When you write, write from a place of understanding, passion and if possible experience. It reflects and ultimately affects how your readers will respond to your piece.

We are not saying you must always write about something you went through. We are asking that you write about topics you are passionate about; talk about what makes you tick and hey, make us love it too.

It makes your work easier and your readers will also have a good read!  

It’s not too late to succeed as a writer

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You know how it feels when you look at other writers and how they have intentionally taken steps to improve their skill and you want to beat yourself up for being so lazy. There are times you may even feel like there are too many people who have gone ahead and it is too late for you to make headway in this career. 

This is NOT true. It is never too late for anyone to succeed. Just take it that the day you decide to take your writing serious is your own morning. 

If you’re still breathing, you haven’t missed your window for success as a writer. Those chances will remain open as long as you keep trying. Saying ‘it’s-too-late’  is just another attempt to find a reason to quit. Don’t give that thought any importance. 

Look at what we found out;

  • Laura Ingalls Wilder was in her mid-60s when she published Little House in the Big Woods (Little House On The Prairie came soon afterwards.)
  • Harriet Doer published Stones for Ibarra, at the age of 73.
  • Millard Kaufman published his first novel at the age of 90.

So remind us, how old are you again and why do you think its too late for you to succeed as a writer?

 

The danger of writing only when you are inspired

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We know a number of writers will tell us over and over again that they can and will only write when they are inspired. 
Although this is quite easy to do and say but it is not advisable for anyone who wants to write seriously. 

Writing is an art. A skill that needs to be learned. Most of us have the writing ability in the raw form but we need to fine tune such skill so that people can appreciate it better. 

The only way to do that is by writing. 

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You won’t always feel like writing but when you know there’s work to do and reader are waiting you’ve got to practice. 

Look, inspiration and passion are nice.

There’s nothing better than sitting down in front of the blank page with a hot idea and everything seems to flow

But, if you wait around all day to come up with an idea and for inspiration to strike, what will you do if it nothing comes?

Will you wait till tomorrow, next week, or next month for inspiration to tap you on the head and say “Hey I’m ready” or will you just go for it? 

4 reasons why outlining is important for writers

How many times have you read a story, poem or article and you had to stop halfway because something was not just right? You stopped probably because the article did not flow well. 

You may even have experienced something similar with your work. You wrote something but didn’t think it fit quite well. This and many more problems can be avoided with an outline. 

Here are four benefits you stand to gain from taking the time to outline your work;

Focus

An outline helps you focus your attention. It helps you determine what to write. It gives you a roadmap from start, through the middle, and to the end.

Outlining actually helps you write more quickly, more effectively. 

Flow

It is far easier to review the flow of your information over a page or two than over hundreds of pages. Even for shorter documents, like a blog post or e-mail message of substance, it is a good idea to at least jot down an information outline.

What do you need to tell your audience? Is it in the right order? Are the transitions logical? What are the relationships between topics and subtopics? Is the hierarchy transparent?

Balance

Reviewing an outline makes it easy to determine if the right amount of emphasis is placed on each topic. Simple enough. You might find that you need to move things around to get the right balance, or perhaps you will decide to remove information.

 Completeness

An outline is much easier to review for any gaping holes. You will not have to go through the whole document looking for those holes. You can look at the topics and subtopics to ensure you have covered everything you must tell your audience.

How to develop your self-esteem as a writer

This is how to handle criticism like a pro

Self esteem is one of the most important things every writer needs to succeed. As a writer you are exposed to all manner of criticism and comments from readers, editors, publishers or plain haters.

So how do you make sure all these negative comments don’t affect your self esteem and prevent you form doing what you love?

Read

Good writers love and appreciate other good writers. Reading helps you to appreciate someone else’s gift and in return the gift that you have. Read about other writers’ achievements, their lives, what makes writing special and just be inspired.

Expect rejection

One of the things that can kill a writer’s esteem is rejection. It is always very disappointing to see negative remarks about your work especially after working so hard on it. Although it sounds weird, if you expect rejection it wouldn’t really hurt when it comes right?

This is not to say that you should not do good work. Please do, but don’t expect that everyone would love it the way you do. That way you are not disappointed. Even the best writers have their work sent back as unacceptable.

Get used to it. Editors don’t always behave rationally, and occasionally say things  like “This isn’t a good fit for us.” Don’t take it personal.

Learn to distinguish between constructive criticism and thoughtless remarks.

Be patient

All evidence and historical example shows us that it takes many years of rewrites and heroic perseverance to endure the writing industry. There’s no fast success. To get published, it’s essential to have realistic expectations about how long it will take.

Whatever happens in your writing journey should toughen you and encourage you to do more not to toy with your self esteem.

You have what it takes; now, prove it to the rest of the world because we believe in you already!

Failure does not define you as a writer

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There’s no doubt about it. Failure hurts; it’s painful and has a way of discouraging you.

But let’s face it, we can’t always win. The article will not always come out as you expected. There are times your editor/ publisher will reject your manuscript after several weeks and strenuous nights of writing, editing and fine tuning. And because of that you mope around for days and refuse to come out of bed. Enough is enough.

Do you know that you have the power to create your self-image, whether as a writer or as a person. Whatever you decide to call yourself is what you will be.

Even when you have made terrible mistakes as a writer, don’t let it define you. Accept that things have not worked out well and move forward. Don’t use derogatory words to describe your creative effort. You are an author, poet, novelist not a failure.

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Have you set writing goals year in year out and you haven’t hit them yet? Don’t beat yourself up. Identify what did not work, make amends and move on. If you need to get a writing coach, get one. If what you need is an accountability partner look for one and move on.

Walt Disney, J. K Rowling, Dr. Seuss are great writers, but do you know how many times they were rejected? Dr. Seuss had his first book rejected 27 times! And now he has an entire day dedicated to his literary work. How many times have your articles been rejected? Is it up to 27 times?

Whatever has discouraged you up till now should not define you. It’s time to pick up your journal and pen and start writing again.

 

How do you demand respect for your writing skill?

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Many times writing is not taken as a serious profession. People tend to think writing is just one of those things and even if you want to write you need a serious profession to add to it. This is not true. Writing is serious business and should be treated as such.

Today, we want to teach you how you can demand respect for your craft from people around you. Are you ready?

Respect your writing. 

If you don’t treat your profession with respect, nobody will. Have you seen the way Doctors, Lawyers and other people act when they are asked what they do? They respond with pride. Gone are the days when you need to be an Engineer before you should be respected. Talk boldly and proudly about what you do. Respect your writing time; protect it.

Make sure other people respect your writing.

When you respect your writing, other people will do the same. When you are writing let nobody come into your space. Let them not think that your writing period is when they are free to disturb or chat with you. You are writing, you are busy, period.

Groom your writing.

If you respect your writing skill  you will prove it by grooming it. The better you write the more people will appreciate you and your skill. Don’t be the same writer you were a month ago, be better. If you need to brush up your skills, please do it.

If you need to get a writing coach, don’t hesitate to get one. What you love and respect, you train.

3 writing myths you must get rid of today

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There are a few things you hear about writing and you are like really? Is that actually true? Or is somebody just saying it because they feel like?

Today we are going to debunk some writing myths. We know you’ve probably heard a lot.

Myth 1 – Writing is a solitary activity.

Don’t you just get annoyed when you say you are a writer and people just expect you to be one sad, lonely person who is just in love with books, computer and journals?  We may sit in front of the computer a lot but that doesn’t mean we are isolated. Don’t let anyone label you just because you are a writer. If you are the solitary person, it’s fine. However, you don’t have to be.

Myth 2 – You need to be a perfect writer before you write professionally

Does this make so much sense to you because it doesn’t make so much sense to us. If you don’t start writing you will never be a good writer. Don’t wait till you become ‘professional’ before you start writing. How would you even become a professional if you don’t write? All you must do to become a good writer is to write, write, write, study the craft, practice the craft, then write some more.

Besides, even the most successful writers you admire had no clue what they were doing until they did it.

Myth 3 – Writing is a compulsion

We bet you have heard this before:  “I just have to write, otherwise I’ll go crazy!”

But is this true though? Do you actually feel like you’d go crazy or in fact do you really go crazy when you don’t write? Maybe not. We think some people say it because it sounds fresh. This however is not true.  If writers were so driven to write, why doesn’t a lot more writing get done? Feeling a desire to claim you’re writing but not actually writing much has nothing to do with compulsive, irresistible talent.

Over to you, what other writing myths do you think we should get rid of?

This is why every writer must love writing

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There are so many writers in this age and while some love to write, others do it because it feels like the ‘in thing’ or because there was a job opening; a writer was needed and they had nothing else to do.

Some people scribble a few ideas and already consider themselves to be writers. Although this is not wrong in itself, you need more than a few scribbles to sustain your writing career.

There must be passion. If you plan to remain a writer for a long time, you need more than ‘like’ to sustain you.

The world is harsh enough; don’t add to it by doing something you don’t love. It’s even bad for your health.

Here are a few reasons why you need to love writing before you make a career in it;

Writing may not pay you immediately

You can write for years and not get a dime for it. Not because you’re writing bad stuff, but that’s just how things are. If you are writing just because of what you can make from it, you will get frustrated when the money isn’t coming. You must get to a point where you can and will still write even if you don’t get paid. Now there are some writers that claim not to love writing but love having written. We do not advice that you do this. There must be at least some amount of love for the process.

There will be days when you don’t feel like writing.

Absolutely! The fact that you love writing does not mean you’d always feel like writing. There are times you will have nothing to write about, but what sustains you at such times is the love you have for the skill.

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You cannot hide for long

If you don’t love something, no matter how long you pretend, it will eventually reflect. You will burn out. Life is too short to spend time doing things you don’t love. You need to please yourself and have fun doing it.

We hope this helps you. Remember that the world will eventually reward you for creating something beautiful.

 

 

Achieve your writing goals before the end of 2016 using these 5 tips

The year is almost over and it’s a good time to review the goals you set at the beginning of 2016. 

How any of those goals have you achieved? Did you start your blog? What about your book? Have you started writing it. 

Things could have happened in the course of the year that could have prevented you from achieving your goals. Perhaps, you were limited by fear or procrastination. Or maybe you were just too lazy to follow through. 

Whatever the excuse, these six tips will set you back on track to achieving your writing goals. We do hope you’ll make the commitment and achieve these goals before the end of 2016.

Begin today

It’s almost like stating the obvious but the best way to achieve those goals is to start now. If you want to write a book, begin the process now. Want to start a blog, set it up now. Not tomorrow. Not next week. Begin today. 

Break it down

Telling yourself you want to write a book may seem overwhelming. Why don’t you break it down into little bits and work on those bits first. So create an outline for your book and set a deadline to finish each part of the outline. By the time you are through with that outline, you will have a complete book. 

Be willing to ask for help

If you don’t know what to do to achieve your writing goals or there is something you are not sure about, simply reach out for help. You can talk to us at The Sparkle Writer’s Hub. We can show you how to get started and help you resolve any challenges you may be facing. 

Be accountable

Sometimes, the reason we do not achieve our goals is because we are not accountable for them. Does any one know that you plan to write one article to be published online per week?

Get someone you will be accountable to. It will help you take your goals more seriously. If you don’t know where to find someone to hold you accountable, The Sparkle Writer’s Hub will help out.

Believe in yourself

If you don’t believe you can write an amazing book, you won’t write an amazing book. You have to believe in the power of your words.

Don’t belittle your talent. Your story can change someone’s life. Your book can become a bestseller. It is possible if you believe in yourself.