How to write when you don’t feel like

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Let’s be honest, there will be times you won’t feel like writing. You’ll be tempted to do every other thing except to write. Sometimes, you may not be in the mood for days or even weeks. You just can’t explain why don’t ‘feel like’ writing. Somehow, inspiration seems to have taken a long hike and you’re not sure when it’s going to return. 

Well, if you intend to be a good writer, one who is known to make impact, you need to know how to write whether you are in the mood or not. The best writers are those who are able to master how to write in ll seasons; whether they are in the mood or not. 

We want you to be one of the best writers the world has ever known. Here are some tips that will help you to write even if you are not in the mood. 

Allow Yourself to Write Crap

Yes, you read correctly! Allow yourself to write crap. Sometimes, the reason you don’t feel like writing is because you feel what you will produce will not be good enough. “So why write it,” you wonder. Other times, you don’t write because you over think things; How should I start? Will the story be interesting enough? Will people want to read it?

You need to stop over-analyzing and write. Ignore those voices that keep telling you that what you want to write will not be good enough. Who said so? You never know how good what you have to write is until you finish. And even if it is not as good as you want it, you can always edit and fix it! 

It is possible for you to start writing and the first few paragraphs won’t make sense to you. Instead of getting frustrated, just keep going on. The victory is in the process. Finish, review and learn where you need to review.

Motivate yourself 

If you say you are not in the mood and you know that you definitely need to write then do the needful and motivate yourself. What puts you in a good mood? What gets you excited? Note them and do those things.

You may need to take a walk, listen to music to motivate yourself. The best motivation however is thinking about the number of lives what you want to write will bless. Your message should motivate you. Your purpose should stir you to write.

Even if like this man you have to search for motivation;

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Don’t stop until you find it😌

Eliminate every form of distraction and time yourself

It is bad enough that you do not feel like writing, the last thing you should do is to allow distractions. Your children are running around the house, the TV is on and you’ve been surfing the internet for almost an hour. Why will you feel like writing?

Find someone to stay with your children, leave the house, go for a power walk and go back home to write or look for a park, co-working space where you can have some peace and quiet and write. Distractions are not good for anyone much less a writer.

What are some of the ways you get yourself to write when you are not in the mood. Do share!

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“Don’t be limited by painful experiences. There is treasure to be found in darkness.” Amaka Chika-Mbonu

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We had our first Insagram live chat with Amaka Chika Mbonu on Tuesday and if you missed it, we can tell you for free that you missed a lot. Aside from the fact that we thoroughly enjoyed the conversation with Amaka, those who joined the live chat had the opportunity to ask her loads of questions which she responded to in detail. 

For those who missed the chat, and even for those who caught it, we decided to do a recap and also highlight the salient lessons learnt from that interview. 

What the chat was about? 

If you remember we featured Amaka Chika-Mbonu on our #WriterSpotlight series last year, when she released her book, ‘How To Get Your Wife To Swing From The Chandelier In A Red Negligée’. Amaka recently celebrated the first year anniversary of her book and we wanted her to share her journey with us.

During the chat, she mentioned that it took her 18 months to write the book. Can you believe that?

Here are highlights from the lessons we learnt from our live interview with Amaka Chika-Mbonu;

On relationships.

  • Follow your heart and take your brain with you.
  • If he doesn’t have integrity, core values and skills that align with you, then it won’t work.
  • Take the bull by the horn, and don’t be hindered by the culture of silence that tries to shame a woman.
  • Look well before you leap.
  • When two entities (people) come together, there must be rules of engagement.

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On writing.

  • Go for your dreams, get yourself together and go for it.
  • Keep on doing what you’re doing and keep going not matter how challenging the journey may be. 
  • Use social media – Social media is a friend to someone with a low budget. Also find a team who can help you in marketing, so you can make money off your intellectual property.
  • Be passionate about what you do. Passion counts better than expertise.

On life in general.

  • You have to be convinced in your heart about things you do.
  • You should get to the stage where you can just go for it.
  • There is a purpose behind every pain and there is treasure to be found in darkness.

We hope you enjoyed this. Don’t miss the next chat and if you have not registered for our writing class, what are you waiting for? We have just a few slots left. So register as soon as possible! 

 

 

 

 

 

#WritingQuote – “Write like it matters and it will.” Libba Bray

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”Write like it matters and it will ” – Libba Bray, Author of Going Bovine

Do you know that readers can sense pretense, lack of depth and laziness from your work? When you write like you don’t care or you do a lazy work, it shows and gives you a bad reputation.

Our question for you today is this, “How do you write?” This is a question that you need to reflect on. It is very important because the way you write matters a lot. If you write with the mentality that your writing does not possess the capacity to transform minds, then your writing would not go so far. Why? It would reflect. Something about that work would be off. 

You have to write like your writing matters. You have to write like you have an important message to pass across (which you really do by the way). Put some work into your research, get your facts right, don’t do a careless job because you never know where your work could get to.

You have to write like you know your writing is going to do amazing things to the minds of the people who would eventually read it. In summary, write like it matters and it will.

#GrammarSeries – There is no such thing as ‘comprises of’

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Hi there! It’s time to learn improve on your grammar!

So many people keep saying ‘comprises of’ and we need you to know this isn’t totally correct. We are going to show you how the word ‘comprise’ should be used in sentences.

Most times, we hear people use the phrase ‘comprises of.’ That phrase just doesn’t exist in English. The word ‘comprise’ in itself means ‘composed of’ or ‘consists of.’ Therefore, it is redundant to say ‘comprises of’ in constructing your sentences. Below is an example of what we are trying to illustrate.

Nigeria comprises of 36 states (wrong).

Nigeria comprises 36 states (correct).

Yeah, we understand that it is tempting to think that the first one is correct because it sounds correct. Do not fall for the trap next time. Always remember that ‘comprise’ in itself has one ‘of’ already and that there is no need for the second ‘of’ in structuring your sentences.

 

 

This is how to infuse humour into your articles

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Would you not love to read a book that makes you laugh almost all of the time and still dishes out wisdom? Who wouldn’t want that?

A book with a lot of humour in it makes an interesting read. We all love to laugh. It is important as a writer to understand that mixing humour with your writing would do you a lot of good. WHY? Simply because your readers would relate better with your work.

You do not necessarily have to be a comedian to write funny stuff. All you have to do is to creatively use your words  to tell stories. Here is how to go about it.

Paint pictures with your writing that relate to the reader’s sense of smell, taste, sight, sound, texture. For example, you could describe how a particular character of yours unintentionally unveils his infidelity to his wife during one of his sleep-talking bouts and the expression of shock on his face when his wife wakes him up at midnight with a queer smile on her face and a wooden pestle in her hand.

Ensure you have moving characters and not static characters. This speaks volumes and can spice up your sense of humour in writing. It is easier to make your readers laugh when your character is moving. Consider the scenario where a moving character in his or her angry bout begins to pour so much sugar into the food he or she prepares mindlessly thinking it was salt instead and the reaction of his or her guest at the end of the day.

Use similes to strike up funny images in your writings. Similes are figures of speech that have ‘as’ or ‘like’ in them. For example, in describing one character from the perspective of another character, you could say, “He is as scary as a mouse.” The ironic nature of this simile could elicit smiles in your readers as well.

We do hope these tips helped you!

 

 

 

 

 

#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.

#PickOfTheWeek – Love and a determination to move on!

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If you are new to the Hub you may not know about our #PickOfTheWeek series so we’d explain what it is. On this segement we feature amazing writers, whom you may not know because there are so many of them.

If you are a writer and want to be on the segment, please tag us on instagram

farmto table (4) Michael Inioluwa sure explains the heart of many people who have ever gone through painful heart breaks. Those tears don’t stop coming.

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Haha! This is so true. There are times your head tells your heart what to do but it just won’t listen. Who else has experienced it? Oluwadara we love this post. farmto table (1) We saw this and instantly knew we had to share. Who would have thought? Sometimes letting go doesn’t mean forgoing the relationship.  Who agrees?

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When you know that going back to the past is not even an option.  The best you can do is move far away from it.

If you are a writer and you post your work on Instagram, don’t forget to forget to tag @thesparklewritershub for a chance to be featured on our Pick of the Week.

#GrammarSeries – The difference between lose and loose

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The words ‘lose’ and ‘loose’ are so commonly confused probably because they are spelled almost the same way and sound almost the same way too. The difference between them goes beyond the presence of the double ‘o’ in the second word as we would soon be seeing.  

It is really simple.

‘Lose’ is a verb used to mean to be unable to find someone or something; to fail to win (a game, contest, etc.); or to fail to keep or hold (something wanted or valued). 

On the other hand, ‘loose’ is an adjective meaning not tightly fastened or attached.

Examples:

The trousers seems so loose around my waist

The leash should be loose around that dog’s neck.

It is painful to lose your wallet at the market square.

It would be tragic if Chelsea loses the game to Real Madrid

I hope I do not lose the money I was given yesterday.

 

#WritingQuote – “Don’t let a single day go by without writing.”

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“Don’t let a single day go by without writing. Cause even garbage eventually becomes compost with a little treatment.” Alex Myers, author of The Jump

We love the imagery of agriculture Alex Myers brings into this quote so we get the picture instantly. Compost is basically decayed stuff transforming into fertilizer. Isn’t it awesome that nature teaches writers how to make the most of work they consider to be garbage?

To be honest with you, there is really no such thing as garbage writing. With a little treatment, editing, researching and all the other deliberate efforts that go into bringing beauty out of the ashes of your writing, something awesome can come out of it.

Alex is saying to you today, “DO not let a SINGLE day go by without writing.” Just write something – anything, with the knowledge that even garbage eventually becomes compost with a little treatment.

 

#GrammarSeries – Learn how to use ‘me’ and ‘I’ properly

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Welcome to another #GrammarSeries. Get ready to learn something new. Before we go on let’s ask a simple question; “Do you know that there is a way to use the pronouns ‘me’ and ‘I’ correctly in sentences and even speech?”

A lot of people get confused when it comes to using these pronouns appropriately. As a writer, you should not be trapped in a fix simply because of these pronouns.

The first thing you should understand is this: ‘me’ and ‘I’ are both pronouns—personal pronouns. However, they are used to perform different functions in sentences.

Now, in a sentence, you have the subject position and the object position. The subject position is occupied by the doer of the action while the object position is occupied by the receiver of the action. So, in the sentence below:

Tade slapped his sister.

The subject position is occupied by the doer of the action “Tade” while the object position is occupied by the receiver of the action “his sister.”

Now back to the personal pronouns. The personal pronoun ‘I’ occupies the subject position while the personal pronoun ‘me’ occupies the object position. Below are some examples to illustrate this point:

I talked to the butler yesterday (‘I’ is occupying the subject position here and is the doer of the action).

The proprietress handed the report card over to me in the morning (‘me’ is occupying the object position here and is the receiver of the action).

Grace and I went to the supermarket today (‘I’ here is occupying the subject position because ‘I’ is the doer of the action).

He gave the waste bins to Billy and me (‘me’ occupies the object position here because ‘me’ is the receiver of the action).

It really is that simple!