Tagged: creativity

A reader lives a thousand lives

I’m reading two different crime/mystery books this week:  The Big Both Ways by John Straley  Troubled Blood by Robert Galbraith These books are very contrasting, not only in volume but also in structure, character description, final delivery of each chapter, and writing style. I have never read anything from these two authors. Of course, I am familiar with the work of J.K. Rowling, but not her criminal fiction published under...

Literature – with or without ‘writing style’

#guestpost written by Laolu Ogundele  “So, what’s your style”? Someone once asked me in the middle of a neighborhood writers meetup I attended a decade or so ago. “Straight jeans, dark-colored zip hoodies, and basketball shoes…” I began, but my voice trailed off as I noticed a couple of people try hard and fail to stifle a laugh. “I mean writing style,” the original asker graciously clarified. “Oh, my bad....

Aspects of the Novel

No book worth its salt is meant to put you to sleep, it’s meant to make you jump out of bed in your underwear and run and beat the author’s brains out. Bohumil Hrabal, Czech novelist There’s a book called Aspects of the Novel, a series of lectures from E. M. Forster, written in 1927. I haven’t read it myself yet, but I saw a mention about it in the...

Book Cover

Book cover design is more important than ever, they say 😉✌️ And here is mine: If you’d like to know “WHAT MAKES AN ICONIC BOOK COVER?” – check HERE/link   Next post – Three spooky stories from Lagos 

Book Review. The Lost Man, by Jane Harper

The great Australian poet Oodgeroo Noonuccal (or Kath Walker) turns 100 years this November. I’ve been thinking a lot about what she once said while reading Jane Harper’s novel The Lost Man. Kath Walker said, “Let no-one say the past is dead, the past is all about us and within.” What she means is that our past always affects our future. We are what we see, how we feel when we...

The Concept of Nothing

written by Aaaron Boluwatife Nothing, as used in everyday speech, means the absence of something. For example, “There is nothing in my pocket” 👇🙀! In this post though, I will not be talking about “nothing” as the absence of something, but as the absence of everything. Everything you know… including yourself. You’ve always imagined what this world will be without you in it, right? Now imagine the world without anything in it....

Life isn’t simple. Writing shouldn’t be either.

Message of the day:  You are the swan… The infinite creative power and The god of sensitive mystic. Believe in yourself and write on!   1. The first draft of ‘Sophia von X’ is ready! 😜 YAY! I know you are REALLY excited to meet my girl, especially when you are looking into her eyes…😻  This is the story about transformation of a simple Sicilian woman (f. teacher) into a very Dangerous Criminal (& the...

“The Story Grid”, Shawn Coyne #takeawaykeys

What your characters say they are is NOT who they are… What they do is the key. Shawn Coyne 1. Think in 5 principles, the bricks for any successful story:  TIME, SUBSTANCE, STYLE, STRUCTURE, CONTENT. 2. Learn your genre – there’s a great collection (with examples) of differences between each genre. I can’t mention them all (only some), but read further or go, grab the book! 3. Your hero. If...