Sheesh!!!!!!, its been a while since i had anything posted here, kind of feel nervous but anyway I’d still get it done (OgaOga wont block this post-hopefully)
First off, i know its been FOREVER, so at this point I’d like to give a BIG shoutout to my Uhhhhhh, to @ufuomaotebele : Madam how you dey?? Abeg no vex sey i’ve been away for a looong time now! :D
Oh well, enough nice guy already, here we go!!! I’ve been ‘virtually’ touring the world and well, I’m back already and the difference is DEFINITELY clear so I’d like to address two main people in this “thing” that you’re reading.
- ADMIN/NAIJASTORIES/ @ogaoga :
I’m so glad i signed up for NaijaStories, i recently got published on Amazon and the experience from NaijaStories really helped in the process and well, my story got to #14 on Bestseller for Y.A Category while it was free(in my mind i be Bestselling author, lol :p )
The poor sides of things here is that Naijastories is tying writers here down, if its not ROMANCE, its some memoir, like this place is kinda becoming people’s diary. While I’m not saying there’s anything wrong, if The Admin could add a few features here, it would be pretty cool like on Protagonize where there’s collaborative writing(Two or more writers coming together to make a story), that way we would be carrying everyone along and not leaving behind the ‘newbies’ to remain heartbroken from less views on their stories just because everybody is reading the ‘popular’ members story.
Also like WattPad, maybe there should be a range of awards that stories could be entered for, like on WattPad, there’s the Wattys Award(cool name if you ask me) and it has quite a number of categories to be entered for. They also have a genre of writing called FanFic where writers do a fiction about their favorite celebs(from Authors to Musicians to Actors, whatever) and its one hella genre if you ask me because people could actually tell the world about what they wish their celebs were like and blah blah blah and yeah, for the ladies, ‘who their secret celebrity crush is and all the things they have been fantasizing about’.
More Competitions with clearly stated rules and definite judges should also come in handy this year, biko and exercises to enhance our writing skills too should be up and running ;)
I realized that most forums on here hardly function and for the few that be, i find it just bland. A bit of flavour to the forums, maybe allowing us to even run our own personal forums would be Great idea.
And PLEAAAAAASE, make una #BringBackOurChatBox
Yeah, just before i forget, Buhari has found his certificate. :D
Hmmmm, Naijastories Writers are one wonderful set of people. Abeg 3 Gbosa for una jare….. “Gbosa! Gbosa!! Gbosa!!!” :P
Anyway, una sef get your own chikim wahala too, this part of NaijaStories worry me a lot.
In my few period of Touring, i came across Authors like E.J Runyon, Teri-Ann Sherwood and Robert Spencer to mention a few, these guys are waaaay awesome when it comes to writing and i learnt quite a few things which i’m going to try and share.
- COVER ARTS
I’m sure you dont need your ancestors to tell you how important your Cover Art should be. This is something I’d always emphasize on whenever i talk about writing. The truth of the matter is that FRONT COVERS SELL OFF THE BOOK BEFORE ITS CONTENT. If you’re actually planning on getting quite a number of views on your stories then spend as much time working on the Cover art as you would spend when mopping a sea.
**If you cant get one, ask for one…..maybe from me or Ufuoma or @Levuz or @Lordjosh or just find cool images that fit your story and show it to someone to decide for you.
P.S- THIS DOESN’T MEAN YOU SHOULD PUT A SCARY DOLL’S PICTURE FOR A ROMANCE STORY!!!! It’s one thing I’ve noticed around here, people even use substandard 2 Mega Pixel pictures as Cover Arts.
- STORY TITLE
I know this could sound really easy at first thought but look again.A good story title is the second book promoter. If your title doesn’t make your reader be like “Hmm, this kind title…” or “OMG!! This sounds interesting…” then its not it. Most stories often TELL US THE WHOLE STORY which shouldn’t be, like there’s no need reading a story when i already know what its content would be like.
In picking a title, be sure to make it a short one that’ll be easy to remember and not giving us a “Paragraph”. ;)
- STORY CONTENT
Okay, so everyone has a unique story to tell and how you present it matters in 1000001 ways. I’d give a few tips on contents,
-Be sure to Refine your ideas a million times, just so it’d look original and not like some fairytale who’s end i can tell from the first paragraph. I personally dont believe a writer shoukld stick to one genre or tone of ‘happy endings’, try out everything!!
-Ever heard of Blurbs?? mmhmm…..be sure to get a cool one that’ll draw your reader into wanting to check out your story.
-Check for errors and grammatical mistakes. Although this might be a daunting task, you’d just have to do it instead of being in a frenzy to get you next episode out
-Show, Don’t tell. Instead of just telling us a story, how us a movie of this story through your words.
-Be sure to paragraph your work very well, not necessarily putting every new sentence in a paragraph but then presenting it in a neat way…
- FILLING IN YOUR STORY DETAILS
Most people just don’t know how to do this and it baffles me that a Thriller story should be placed in the Supernatural genre. Please go through your story again and try finding out about what kind of stories fit into different genres before clicking that genre box when posting your next story.
S.E.O is also one VERY important thing if at all you want your stories to be found on time on the internet.
*SECRET TO GETTING TO EDITOR’S PICK: MAKE YOUR S.E.O GREEN!
There’s a lot of things i wish i could say but then……. I’m really not sure. Thing is we should learn to write as if we are getting it across to J.K Rowling for editing. I tried not to mention Story Titles or Writers with the flaws above just so the number people that’ll never talk to me after this wont be more than they are at this point already.
Truth of the matter be sey #NaijaWeNoDeyTryReach. There’s room for improvement
P.S- Me sef still dey Try learn.
I’m off now, If you need me…..just hit my inbox or something.