Improving our creativity

Improving our creativity

Discovering Naija stories on Google was an accident but a delightful one.

I was searching for Naija jobs and Naija stories came up,I clicked on it and the rest as they say is history.

It is a pleasure to enter the minds of different people and see Nigerian through their eyes.

Nigeria is an exotic country with different cultures if only we learn to appreciate our differences.

The only problem I have encountered is how to comment or review a story or a poem.

After reading a story if it is very good it is easy to comment but if it needs improvement I live no comment.

I ask myself am I helping the writer to grow.

Are we helping ourselves by saying nice work.

How do we review our work?

When reading a book should we try to become the author and simply enjoy the book or should we say the truth.

How do we evaluate our work?

If we ask ourselves these questions [what do we like best or least, what parts went on too long, are my characters real, is the beginning okay, did it end well, e.t.c] each time we read a work of art, we will become better writers.

All ideas are welcome because we need to improve our creativity.

23 thoughts on “Improving our creativity” by khadijahmuhammad (@khadijahmuhammad)

  1. You are right Khadijah, we need to improve our creativity, and Naija Stories is a wonderful platform for that. Personally, I believe while commenting on posts with phrases like ‘good Job’ and ‘nice work’ are good for enhancing the authors self-confidence, they really do little in improving his art. These kinds of phrases are commonly used because many people who read a post don’t take out time to anaylse the work. We need to do this so we can highlight the strengths and weaknesses of the work which is necessary if the author should improve.

    1. To each his own. What you would need to ask EVERYONE individually would be “why are you here?”

      I signed on to write…the ‘reading’ I do is actually an extra-curricular activity. The ‘analyzing’ should be left for the readers/those who feel like it.

      Again – to each his own.

  2. Khadijah, true talk. Let me start with reviewing this particular post.
    In the second paragraph, the comma after the ‘came up’ should have been full-stop.
    In the third paragraph, the ‘Nigerian’ there should have been ‘Nigerians’.
    In the subsequent paragraphs, a question should come after the questions.
    ‘live’ should have been ‘leave’.

    Sister, you talk true, but it’s not so easy doing this. Well done.

    1. Ok na e don start…lol!

      1. Nothing start o. She’s happily married.

        I just got a ‘divorce’.

        1. @seun, maybe I should also get a ‘divorce’ too so that we’ll be in the same category. Lol!

          1. Now why would you want to do that?

            1. To please @chemo. Naughty him!

              1. Okay.

                So long as it is not to please moi…

  3. Far as I’m concerned, it depends on what the story speaks to me. If I think it’s nice I say ‘nice’.

    If I see something(s) that I think could do with adjusting – I say so.

    I don’t believe I have to analyze EVERY bit of work. Do you take a novel you bought and start looking for ALL the errors? NO.

    And then – I am NOT an editor. When I feel like analyzing, I do. When I don’t…I do not.

    I read to enjoy, to be enlightened and to see through other eyes.

    And if ALL of the mistakes I have noted have been pointed out by other eyes…what should I say then? Repeat the whole thing?

    To each his own. We cannot all be analysts.

  4. @Seun-Odukoya: True talk. Your comments make a lot of sense but I was not referring to errors alone. Off course, you can’t always read a work and add a comment; your mood plays a large role in whether and how you comment. What I am saying in essence is a line or two from several people stating what gripped them, annoyed them or seemed perfect/imperfect to them would go a long way in helping the writer. It MUST NOT be a thesis on the various wrong and rights to be found in the work.

    Remember, its iron that sharpens another iron.

    1. Now you’re clearer.

      Thank you for taking the time.

      1. Thanks too for your comments. I guess this sentence ‘These kinds of phrases are…to analyse the work.’ was the source of the ‘high blood pressure’.


        Actually, I shouldn’t have said what I had in mind that way.

  5. Like Seun mentioned, we may not want to repeat each other, or be in an analytical mood all the time. But I agree with you that in the long term, we should try to help each other improve. The key word here is long term. So don’t expect to get in-depth critiques on your first post (you may be lucky sha), and also the golden rule holds here as in most of life’s dealings. Do unto others…So if you want good reviews, give good reviews.

  6. Alia alia dicunt!

  7. Some say this, others say that! What one says and what is said critically follow\s the Hegelian triad Thesis, Synthesis and Antithesis. So I said, “Alia alia dicunt.”

    (German philosopher Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel)

    Here’s real!

  8. @Electrica thanks.Your name is interesting.Are you a Piers Anthony’s fan.

    1. Oh, Khadijah, I don’t know him. But if he was the one who directed ‘Pangako sa yo’ hell, YES!

  9. For me, I say what I like, or whatever a story requires me to say. What I say doesn’t have to be true. I am on NS to catch fun, swell my ego and make trouble. But some stories actually give me pause, and then I am forced to applaud.
    @seun,@myne, rumour has it that NS would soon start censoring or moderating peoples comments. I am waiting for @admin to dare!
    Dem go know Kaycee!

    1. LOL….

      We surely will miss you.

  10. I am no expert in the english language so please do not expect that i act as one in my comments to the stories. I read for leisure and at times to learn from others’ experiences. I leave the review to the people who know how.

  11. concisely precise

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