Where Do You start Your Story?

The point where your story starts is key to creating suspense and maintaining interest in your readers. Let’s face it, in today’s world, you have to have more than a good story. Good stories are everywhere. But when you add a dash of uniqueness to yours, your story becomes great and you give your readers…

What Type of Writer are You?

Growing up, I had a big cousin who always loaned me hundreds of books to read anytime I visited her. As a result, I was introduced to many authors and as time developed, I began to pick out my favourite authors among the pile. I’d always look for their books first before others. In my…

Action Movies, Senseless Violence and Morals in our Books/Movies

The rise in public shootings and killings have got me thinking. A lot of these culprits always use violent video games as one of the reasons for their blow-ups. Some are arrogant kids who have played too many violent games. Others are shy, bullied and withdrawn people who have no friend to guide them. I…

Are Sex Scenes Ncessary When Writing Romance?

As a little girl, the very first book I read was Demon Headmaster which a family friend brought to my house during one long vacation. By the time I entered secondary school, I had read a lot of books like Chike and the River, Brume and the Clique, The Mischief Makers. I always wanted more…

Discovering Great Authors

One of the greatest hurdles we face as writers is discovering that awesome author that hits just the right spot, keeps us mesmerized and leaves us wishing we could read their books forever. Warning: I’m a romance reader so from here on, you may only see romance authors. I started romance with the greats like…

A BookLovers’ Worst Nightmare is…

Falling into an endless, dark and terrifying tunnel… Walking on a rope attached to a tower… Unable to breathe properly, short gasps for air… Heart racing wildly… Eyes madly searching for… Nail Biting, sitting in the dark, afraid…..   Worst Nightmare Scenario: I always make sure i never run out of books to read. Suddenly,…

Writers and Perseverance

There are so many struggling artists out there in the world, so many wanna-be actors, singers, writers, artists, etc. They all have the same story, same big dream, some quit their jobs because they were convinced the world would love their work and more. Well, as a writer, the first lesson is “Never be afraid…

The Art of Storytelling: Your Voice

Just as we recognise our famous singers by their voices, so we recognise a writer by their style. Your style is unique to you and you alone, like your voice and your fingerprints. No one else can write like you cos no one else is you. Simple as that. In the world of fledgling writing,…

Are You A Writer?

Why do our lips shake when we want to tell people “I am a writer.” Why is it so difficult to say? Let me tell you. Successful writers who make a good living only on writing are hard to come by. Yes. When your books are not on the Best Seller lists and your name…

The Art of Storytelling; Books/Movies

The best book ideas ALWAYS have an element of truth in them. The most asked questions to our world best selling authors have always and will always be “Where do you get inspiration?” This is because we wonder how they made up that epic stunning story that captivated us and pulled us into a world…

Blind Dates and Consequences

I absolutely hate blind dates after one horrible experience i had back in High School. It was those times when i just got my first phone, a nokia torch and back in the dorm, at night, we would listen to those late night shows where lonely people air their numbers. It was all a game…

The Journey of Writing

My favorite, everybody’s favorite horror writer Stephen King described writing as sailing the Atlantic in a bath-tub; lonely and scary. How true those words are. There you sit, in front of your Desktop or Phone or Pad, staring at an empty page, hoping for that beautiful inspiration that will birth best sellers. No guarantee that…