Hey Myne, I know someone who is self-publishing a novel and I was wondering if you have any advice for her? I would classify her book as “teen fluff”, and I mean that in the nicest way possible. Its not the same demographic as your work, but I thought it might be helpful to hear … Continue reading How can I promote my self-published book?
Short Note: Hey my dear Naija Stories people. I recently had the great pleasure of being a part of the Farafina Trust Creative Writing Workshop which ended Saturday, July 2, 2011. It was simply divine. There really is no other way to put it. It was and will remain one of the most beautiful and … Continue reading Lessons from the Farafina Workshop
INTRO These posts are reproductions of some emails and FB messages I’ve received since being published. I hope you find my replies useful and I’ll take further questions in the comments. I’ll also appreciate those with further info to share with us too. Hi, I’m from India. I was looking to publish my … Continue reading Will Authorhouse promote my poetry book?
August 2010, Dear Myne, Congrats on your one year anniversary, it actually looks like I’ve been reading Myne Whitman for like 3 years, I have been meaning to ask, how do I go about being/learning to be an author, its not like I consider myself much of a good writer, but good or not, I … Continue reading How can I get published?
Every writer, I hear, gets to feel very much like a fraud now and then, that feeling of inadequacy, of pretending to be something he/she has little if no right to assume. Well, this is something I feel very much right now and by putting pen to paper, or more realistically, putting finger to key … Continue reading Writing and the Inconsequential Fraud
Hello Myne, I’m a fan of your blog and your writing. Lately, I realise I have many ideas that I’d like to write down but can’t seem to be articulate. I remember a previous post in which you mentioned that you took free writing lessons. Could you please recommend any online programme? Many thanks, _________________ … Continue reading Are online courses helpful for writing?
So I often receive emails from various people. Some of the mails are just to say congrats, ask where they can get my books, and so on. But a lot of the emails are usually asking about blogging or self-publishing, and I have decided to start a series here and share some of these information. … Continue reading Authorhouse will publish my books without reading?
Seeking writing and photography contributors to cover the African arts scene–film, literature, dance, music, culture–for The African Muse. The African Muse features the best original thought on African culture, art, and artists for international patrons and creative practitioners. Supporting the work of fine artists and entrepreneurs, TAM incites a cross-cultural dialogue that challenges conventional notions … Continue reading The African Muse Seeks Contributors
First Published in the Vanguard Newspapers, Sunday May 15, 2011. As the Nigerian International Book Fair began in Lagos, Nigerian born but United States of America based writer and book promoter discusses how the new forms of social media can help to drive the future of book culture, market and promotion. The Nigerian International Book … Continue reading Social Media and the future of books in Nigeria – Myne Whitman
I’m sure you’ve read books in which the writer came up with an expression that you had never heard of before. You probably picked up your dictionary to check and it wasn’t even there! It sounded good, though and sort of added more colour to the work. So I found that our very dear Shakespeare … Continue reading Of Words and Coinages
Never be satisfied with a first draft. In fact, never be satisfied with your own stuff at all, until you’re certain it’s as good as your finite powers can be. – Jon Winokur When I started writing, I wrote only once and that was it. The feeling of ecstasy and pure joy at having created … Continue reading The Inadequacy of the First Draft
This was one of the recurring questions at the last meet up. Every story you write needs to be edited before they will be published here. This also goes for other material you may want to send off to contests, other markets – magazines, journals and anthologies. It is imperative that before you send your … Continue reading Ways to help polish your writing
Before you start writing your novel, do you outline? How do you work in your characterization, especially for the main characters? This worksheet was developed by Jody Hedlund, an author herself, to help novelists visualize and realize the protagonists, in order to have, not only a well rounded MC but also a consistent one.
In my experience of writing, especially the way it is done these days, being a writer is not such a solitary work anymore. Previously, a writer suffered over their books alone and when it was purchased by a publisher, they got to work with a developmental editor whose job is to restructure and work out … Continue reading Editing and the Writer
Writer’s Block is something that we as writers frequently pass through. You’re writing and suddenly, the words stop coming. These are words that seemed to flow from the tip of your pen earlier, rushing through your head and your heart, and out through your finger tips. Now they just dry up. You wake up, sit … Continue reading Getting over writer’s block