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!  

#WordOfTheDay- Know what kerfuffle means

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Hello, Sparkle Writers. It is time for #WordOfTheDay and we are super excited to talk about today’s word. One of the reasons why is that we find the word quite interesting. It has a simple meaning but the word itself is what intrigues us. 

Today’s Word of the Day is Kerfuffle.

Kerfuffle is a noun than means a fuss or commotion, especially one caused by conflicting views. Quite simple right?

We’d give two examples and then it will be your turn to use this word in at least two sentences.

There was a bit of a kerfuffle during the meeting because the warring parties were present.

He apologized for causing a kerfuffle at the dinner table.

Now, it’s your turn. Try to compose sentences with this word.

Why writers need some form of training.

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We know writing is known to flow organically and naturally. Most writers don’t admit to getting any form of writing training.

They just tell you that the words come naturally so they write. But we can’t all be like that. A number of writers need training to fine tune their writing skill, others need training on how to identify their writing niche and develop a voice.

Some stubborn writers need a form of training because they have been stuck for years and don’t know what to do.

Here are a few other categories of people who need training. 

 

If you are a new writer, you’ve never written anything before but you believe strongly that you know how to write and want to do something about it. It would be advisable to you take a course. Preferably a basic writing course so you can have a feel of what is expected of writers.

Just write, they tell us.

Fair enough. Write just like  J.K Rowling if you can. But it helps to know what J.K Rowling knows. How can you do that? By going for training. 

If you have been writing for a long time and you suddenly don’t feel excited anymore, you may need some training. Wondering why? You are probably stuck, nothing new seems to be happening and you are now disinterested. 

A writing course can help infuse new life, get you all excited, fired up and ready to write again. 

Wouldn’t you love that? 

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We bet you will. 

You can try any of our writing courses or coaching consultations to help improve your writing. 

To register for any of the courses, send a mail to thesparklewritershub@gmail.com

We are waiting.

 

 

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? 

3 writing platforms every newbie must know

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We are so in love with our writing newbies so we are dedicating another post to you.

Today we are giving you platforms that can serve as amazing resources for you. Whatever kind of help, advice, resource you need, you will get it from these writing blogs.

Positive Writer 

Positivewriter.com is a very relatable blog for every writer, whether or not you are a newbie. Bryan, (the brain behind the blog) has a fine way of encouraging writers and talking about the writing profession. You should check out his post on how to start a daily positive journal. We think it’s absolutely brilliant.

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Jeff is an amazing writer and he writes beautifully, which shows in every blog post. If you want creative and engaging blog that gives spot-on advice you definitely should visit his blog. Check out his post on how to be more creative without having to be original.

Sparkle writers

You know we are not being bias when we say this. The sparkle Writers’ Hub for years has helped writers become the best they can be. Our blog focuses on different aspects of a writer’s life from grammar, to blogging to learning new words and even celebrating other writers.  If you missed our post on why your failure shouldn’t define you as a writer. Read it today

Please note that there are many more writing blogs doing amazing things but we only highlighted three. If you have more blogs you want us to feature, drop the URL in the comment box and we’d check the blog out!

 

 

 

 

What every writing newbie must know

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Working on something new or entering a new industry can be quite intimidating. You don’t know what to expect or how things work and every advice you get is good advice, until you try it and find out that some of them are not so great.

Here are three things every writing newbie must know. 

Let Go of Your Fear of Failure, or Success

Fear is something that hinders many newbies from going forward with a project. Most times you open your blog and then stop in between because you just asked yourself ‘who will read this?’ It’s time to let go of that fear of failure  and just write. Somebody is waiting to read your blog post. Don’t think about how to get publishers for now and then become overwhelmed because nobody is contacting you or accepting your manuscript. One thing at a time.

Watch and Learn

This is a normal code for any newbie right? You are new and one of the best ways to learn is to shadow others in the industry, see how it is done and then replicate in your own way, not just copy and paste.

Ask questions where need be and apply the answers you get with wisdom.

Be patient 

No book has ever been written overnight. You’re in for a long haul. This may take a year, or more. Oh, and since we’re on it: prepare to write more than one book. Publishers want authors, not single books.

More than anything, believe that you can do this, trust your process and have a great time writing. If you ever need some more encouragement, remember that The Sparkle Writers Hub is here for YOU.

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!

#WorldBookDay – The most beautiful libraries that will melt your heart

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Hello Sparkle Writers! It’s a beautiful Thursday morning and if you don’t know already, its #World BookDay! To celebrate this day we have searched for the most beautiful libraries in the world. and have picked five that we couldn’t take our eyes off.

Reading is fun but, reading in any of these libraries will be pure bliss!

In no particular order, here are five of the most beautiful libraries in the world.

Seattle Central Library – Seattle, Washington, USA

Seattle Central Library has a distinctive and gleaming geometric design that makes it stand out in the Pacific Northwestern city. This public library  serves  the entire Seattle, Washington and beyond.  Just look at this edifice and you will understand why it is on this list.

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Bibliotheca Alexandrina – Alexandra, Egypt

This stunning library houses eight million books, four museums, art galleries and even a planetarium ( if you don’t know what this means we suggest you grab a dictionary)! The gray Aswan granite walls are etched with 120 different scripts to pay tribute to the richness of human language, while the reading room is situated under a stunning glass roof – which is angled towards the ocean and measures almost 525 feet across. Whatever you read in this library has to stick you know!

Everything is created to inspire admiration and to remind the visitor of the importance of the library’s past role.

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Vasconcelos Library – Mexico City, Mexico

In 2006, this library was  designed to reorganize available human knowledge. Just look at the library and tell us if they didn’t surpass that objective. The sleek temple of learning was also integrated with a botanical garden,  as a showcase for the work of some of Mexico’s artists. We love it!

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Stuttgart City Library – Stuttgart, Germany

If you are a minimalist then you would love to spend days if not weeks just staring at the Stuttgart City Library. It’s gleaming pristine surfaces and staircases makes the library airy. Why won’t any book lover want to come here?

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Macquarie University Library – Sydney, Australia

This library does not just pride itself in its cutting edge design. It has pioneering technology  to match. It is home to the first Automated Storage and Retrieval System (ASRS) in any college in the country; this uses robot cranes to pick up books and convey them to the front desk. Pretty cool right? The library has more than 1.8 million electronic and print items.

 

Manage your writing and 9-5 with these tips

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We know not everyone writes full time. There are quite a number of people (well maybe much more than that) who are writers and also work 9-5 for many reasons.

Whether you are working a 9-5 with the plan of going into full time writing or not these tips will help you manage your job and writing career without losing it.

Have a plan and stick to it

Managing two careers is not easy and having a plan goes a long way in making the journey smoother. What do you want to achieve in your writing career? State it. How do you want to achieve this? Write it down too. Do the same for your 9-5 job; this way, even when things are getting too hectic, you have something to guide and keep you in check.

Please stick with whatever plan or schedule you create for yourself. That’s the only way things can work. Don’t expect that just having a plan will solve your problem. Make the plan work. So if in your schedule you have committed to writing once a day, do all you can to make that work.

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Write your ideas whenever you get the chance to 

Because you have a lot on your plate, it is important that you at least jot your ideas when they come so you don’t forget. You may be at a client meeting when a good topic for your next blog post comes. jot it down. That way you will save yourself a lot of stress when it’s time to write the post.

Rest when you should

Nobody can function effectively without taking a break. If you’ve never take a leave from work, apply for one. Your body and mind will thank you for it. Besides a lot can happen during your rest; plenty ideas and enough time to write. Just know when to rest from writing too.

 

#WriterSpotlight – “Writing is my only escape route from reality.” Precious Ineh

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Yes! its Thursday and time for a new writer feature. Today’s writer is young, and has started building a good following on social media because of her poems and short stories.

We know you will love this interview with her.

Hello Precious, please introduce yourself.

My full name is Ineh Precious Chineye. I’m currently studying English in the University of Ilorin. I’m in my second year. I am a budding writer who is still spreading her wings. I love hanging out with friends, listening to music, dancing. I’m a professional shower singer, my love for good food is eternal and I cook too. I also love spending quality time with my family and reading a good book even though most of the time I love to write my own stories.

Your instagram name is @thewittywriter can you please let us in on why you chose that name?

“Witty” is another word for smart and I believe I’m smart enough so I chose “the witty writer.”

When did the love relationship between you and words start and why did you decide to start writing professionally?

It started a long time ago, when I was in primary school. I used to enjoy reading books a lot and that inspired me to write. I came out of my shell only last year due to the inspiration I got from my best friend who is also a writer.

What’s the worst thing anyone has said about your writing?

Worst thing? Okay sometimes people think it is not deep enough and there’s a lack of words I should have used. I’ve been told that I don’t have unique story lines as well.

You’ve used social media to share your writing gifts. Have you had issues with plagiarism?

No…no issues like that, I thank God.

Some people believe that writing can never be financially rewarding, what do you think?

I don’t share that sentiment. Of course it can be financially rewarding. If you look at famous writers like Chinua Achebe, Chimamanda Adichie, Wole Soyinka and the rest, they’re all great writers whose works have been renowned all around the world and they’ve made a lot of money because of the copies of their books sold around the world. Or even the author of “Harry Potter” series; she is one of the richest women in the world. Of course it can be financially rewarding you just have to be excellent at it.

What do you love most about writing?

What I love most is the fact that when I write, I can escape from reality. I can be someone else. I can create new people, new sceneries, new everything that’s different from the one I’m in. That’s what I love about it. Its my only escape route from reality.

Do you plan to publish a book anytime soon and why?

Soon? I don’t think so. I’m not ready yet. It needs a lot of planning and commitment which I don’t think I can give now. I’ll just do online based stories but full blown books? Not yet. There are still things I want to experience which I haven’t and I want to experience them before I publish.

photogrid_1484588241474What’s your ultimate desire as a writer?

My ultimate desire is for my work to be known all over. I want my work to inspire people, to take their breath away and to give them hope in life.

Have you done anything to improve your writing skill in the past years? If yes, please tell us what you’ve done.

Yes I have. I’ve met new people, better writers than I am and I draw my inspiration from them. I also listen to inspirational music which pushes me onward and inspires my writing. I’m still learning day by day.

What is your opinion on the belief that ‘Talk is cheap?’

Talk is cheap. Yes it actually is. It’s easier to say, to wish for something than to work towards getting it. I actually don’t base people’s success on what they say they want to do but on what they actually do.

What your advice to young writers?

I’m still a young writer myself lol…but I know there are younger ones who are scared to spread their wings. I’d like for them to come out of their shell. Think you’re good with words? Let the world know. Big things always have small beginnings. Inspire yourself daily. Never believe you can’t do anything and the sky will be your starting point.