Do you often find yourself staring at a blank page, struggling to summon your creative muse during the hectic holiday season? It’s not uncommon. December brings with it a whirlwind of festivities, shopping lists, and end-of-year reflections. Amidst the chaos, finding the inspiration and motivation to write can be a daunting challenge. But fear not, […]
As the brisk winds of November sweep through the autumnal landscape, there is an undeniable sense of transformation in the air. Leaves fall, nature prepares for its wintry slumber, and poets around the world are awakened by the poetic possibilities this month brings. In this collection of November Poetry Prompts, I invite you to embark […]
Hey there, poetry enthusiasts! 🍂📝 As the leaves start to turn and pumpkin spice lattes make their grand comeback, it can only mean one thing: October is here! And you know what that means in the world of poetry – it’s time for some spook-tacular creativity. Whether you’re a seasoned poet or just dipping your […]
Spoken word is a powerful form of communication that can be used to express oneself in a creative and expressive way. However, it can be difficult to know where to start when writing a spoken word piece. One of the biggest challenges is coming up with a good prompt. This blog post will provide you […]
Africa has a rich and vibrant literary tradition, and African literary magazines play an important role in showcasing this talent to the world. These magazines provide a platform for African writers to share their work, and they help to promote African literature to a wider audience. There are many different African literary magazines, each with […]
With a lot going on in our lives amidst the distraction, work, and many unpredictable things that eat our time, finding realistic reading goals for 2023 can be difficult. In this article, I share over ten different reading goals for adults whether you can barely find the time to read or you are looking to […]
Fast. Quick. Flash. Whatever you use to describe a quick response to a writer’s submission. As writers, we are looking for magazines that will respond fast. Preferably one that will respond to your submission within a month. For some, it is a literary magazine that responds in days or less than a week. Not necessarily […]
As a writer, feedback is very important to me. Not just any kind of feedback but constructive feedback from other writers. Most especially editors. The people whose business is to edit writing. If you are new to writing, You need useful feedback. Something you can apply to make your writing better. One way of getting […]
Short Story in general is any story within 1500 to 15000 words. Anything below could be referred to as flash fiction while above you could call it a novella. The average length of short stories in pages is 3 to 30 pages (single-spaced) while 6 to 60 pages (double-spaced). The length of a short story […]
It is November, another month of writing. If you are struggling to come up with ideas and things to write about. There are a lot of creative writing prompts to write with. This list has ninety creative writing prompts for November 2022. Each day has three prompts. Word Prompt Story Prompt Another story prompt You […]
In a write up looking at the differences between Flash Fiction and shorts story we should not forget that they are both fiction. On the sole basis that they are both fiction leads to a lot of similarities. But we will be looking at the differences in this blogpost. Flash Fiction differs from short story […]
Flash fiction is a popular and exciting form of storytelling that has gained a lot of popularity in recent years. If you’re interested in learning more about this art form, a flash fiction course may be the perfect way to get started. In this blog post, we’ll take a look at what the best flash […]
Writing flash fiction consistently is hard. When you finally muster the courage to write you are faced with the “no ideas problem”. Well, it is not that you don’t have ideas but they are not good enough to get you writing the flash pieces. When the idea comes it is usually in ones and twos. […]
The 100 word story form of Microfiction is growing particularly with the increasing audience for this form of writing. With or without time as a writer you still get to create a story absolute in its entirety and bold in brevity. Whether you choose to call it drabble or one hundred word story I got […]
Where do I get fifty-word stories that reveal the typical nature of good 50 word stories? As 50-word stories grow in form and many writers are experimenting with the form to see how much story they can work with the form and length, the result is excellent and fresh stories that linger long after you […]
While you have those poems that seem to come together thematically. They would seem to ask that you allow them to go into the world and show their capabilities in a Chapbook. Most of these poetry chapbook contests would accept your poems even though they have been independently published. As long as you have not […]
Are you looking for a rhyming poem generator then this list is for you? Whether you are looking for a funny rhyme poem or a name poem rhyme. Most of the websites will randomly generate a rhyming poem while some of them would ask you to use your words for the first line. Let’s begin. […]
If you have been thinking of how to create a acrostic poem from a name where each letter is a line, you can do it automatically with these free online tools. It will be fun to make a funny poem out of your name. Create a meaning out of your name for each of the […]
Imagine for a moment you could get your poem formatted into a concrete form or shape. Sometimes you are looking for a website to make and transform it’s generated poem into a visual form for your admiration. Before we begin. I would be using visual and concrete alternatively throughout this blogpost. Let’s get started. What […]
Are you a writer seeking to get published? Whether already published or this is your first attempt at getting published, then Submittable is a tool you need to help you accomplish those goals. When I submit to literary magazines, I wait for their emails of acceptance and sometimes it gets buried in my inbox . […]
Rethinking Writer’s Block: Is It Really Burnout
Writing Burnout is not what you think
We hear these tips from writers . Don’t go too far.
The invisible boundaries we must not cross.
If we do. Oh it must not happen.
What if it does happen?
Your very love for the craft becomes a burning hate for the craft.
The work which once gave you joy becomes an eternal misery.
Over the week I have been asking myself a simple question.
What if the reason I feel burnt out or writer’s…
The Best Writing Purchase I Made so Far
This is not an affiliate post.
All through out this year I am seeking for ways to make writing easier.
All through reducing fiction.
So I thought why not buy a book that I would love to write in.
This is not the first time I tried to buy a journal style book.
I bought a diary instead well I did not know at the time of purchase and did not check. Only to get home and realize that more than half of the page were made of dates, facts and it was made of…
Why is writing difficult?
In reality it is of two folds the type we call writer’s block and the other is the skill to write well.
I made a podcast episode talking about this question in detail.
You can listen here
Let me know if you have any questions.
Until next time, keep writing
April is National Poetry Month. Hope you are planning and preparing for it.
2 February 2024
Happy New Month.
The year is moving so fast.
All my goals are yet to start
This week I wrote 5 fifty word stories and 5 short poems .
Over the weekend I will edit and submit to Literary Magazines.
In today’s episode of archive of excuses
I am waiting for inspiration to strike.
I used to think inspiration was what made great work.
I was wrong.
A great work consists of
A great story
The Manner of Telling
The perfect example of this is a young incompetent painter…
Complexity is my Enemy
I am overwhelmed.
I am scared.
So I don’t write.
There would be nothing to be overwhelmed about if I wasn’t over analytical wanting to get all the pieces together.
Here’s the funny thing. Even when I think I have gotten all the pieces together there will always be more.
Looking at my writing life I have looked for what my goals are for the year. I noticed that all the goals are based on the foundation of practice.
Since everything was so complex and abstract. I sought…
I don’t have enough time to write.
This newsletter is the beginning of a series on writers’ excuses. If you have excuses you want me to write on, you can send them.
As I am writing this newsletter I have to look at my life and see that I am answering a question and countering a statement I make.
How do I find time to write?
I don’t have time to write.
What’s the real issue?
I have asked myself this question: what is the real issue? What does not having enough time to write mean for me?
I am happy to know this at the start of a new year.
The problem was not the goals or results I wanted . It was the lifestyle I had.
What I mean is that if you look at the life of famous writers. There’s really no pattern. The only link is they all had their own lifestyle that allowed them to write.
Some writers sacrificed parties so they could write. Others changed from novels to short stories.
Still they had their own lifestyle peculiar to them but allowed them to write.
As regards the goals…
Thank you and a Happy New year
As the end of the year draws so close. I want to thank you for being there all through 2023. For the feedback and the replies. This helped with the assurance that someone out there is reading my emails on writing.
I have all your replies in my favorite folder.
Mistakes were made
It’s a phrase that denies responsibility. Instead I made mistakes as regards writing. Well I wrote some stories. If you look at it you will see it is a form of progress because I have…
It’s the festive season and the time of the year when we start setting resolutions.
Resolutions that for me I have been carrying over from year to year.
Over the course of the year I have learnt some lessons I will share.
1.Slow progress is better than no progress. With writing and other tasks in life it gets really hard to do the work we imagine at the pace we imagine. The practical progress is slow so we end up doing nothing.
As a student with so many things to work on, writing for fifteen…
I promised. Here’s that promise.
My writing Goals for the year 2024
1.Build a Spoken Word Channel
This will help me master the spoken word art and make me better in performance poetry.
2. Write a Poetry Collection
It will have 40 to 60 poems. The goal is to write poems with the intent or good enough to enter into the collection. Before I publish the book I will send this poems to literary Magazines. Well that part of literary magazines accepting them is not in my control.
3. Write a Short…