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Wax poetic without being verbose

By Abiose A.Adams

Do you know that most commonly used proverb or adage in literature have their origin from the bible? Consider these few.

A Leopard cannot change its spot: Jeremiah 13:23, Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots? then may ye also do good, that are accustomed to do evil.

A thorn in the flesh: 2Corinthian 12:7- And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.
A wolf in sheep’s clothing- Matthew 7:5
A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush- Ecclesiastes IX – A living dog is better than a dead lion.
Am I my brother’s keeper- Genesis 4:9

To be continued

Maps and Milestones: Magic of writing colourfully

If you are writing about a place you are familiar with, you can use milestones such as, Lydia (a fictitious character), stood by Crossway Avenue (a fictitious street) beside the National Stadium, on the mainland of Lagos, South West Nigeria. You can see that the only real structure there is the National Stadium and its location. I think it is possible and safe to use fictitious names and places, but give them a sense of realness by using a well-known mile stone. And if you want to make only the character fictitious while other details remain real, that is fine as well.

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It makes your writing colourful when you can use kilometers to measure the difference from one scene to another. For instance in my book, A Girl’s Calender, I had never been to Kano, but I studied the maps and so I knew the distance between Lagos and Kano, and how many hours it was to travel by road. I also studied the distant between one local government and the other, the markets and hospitals used in my book. It doesn’t make sense to say, Sheila went from school to home. It is better to say Sheila walked home from school, some 150 meters away. It makes your writing richer and more three dimensional. Remember that though you are writing fiction, you should make it three-dimensional. A book someone can relate to.

IMG_20150405_081824.jpgAbiose Adelaja Adams is a midcareer writer and journalist. Having authored at least three books published on Amazon.com, A Girl’s Calender, Viral Diamonds, I am Not Afraid, she is passionate about coaching aspiring writers. She is the Chief Executive of the Global Center for Creative Writing as well as co-director of Pressplay Media Events, a company committed to mirroring societal ills through literary lens. For the purpose of Creative Writing, you can follow her on @itizwritten and www.facebook.com/pressplaymediaevents for Creative Writing tips, tweets, events and trainings.

Pressplay joins Presidency, UN to end child marriage

We are not the only one campaigning against early marriage. Yesterday, the Presidency joined hands with the United Nations (UN), religious and traditional leaders, the Canadian government and other stakeholders to launch a major campaign to end early child marriage in Nigeria. Spearheaded by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo in Abuja, making Nigeria the 16th country to join the campaign by the African Union (AU).

I did a report in 2015  at Shao town in Kwara State, a tourist site known for its annual mass wedding festival, on http://icirnigeria.org/culture-versus-the-girl-child/.

Here is what the village priest who marries off scores of teenage girls in a single ceremony, told me:

“The Awon is a spirit from the river in Shao,” Oloruntogun Ojetunde said in local Kwara dialect. “But it appeared in the form of a woman in the community when the inhabitants were still few. It introduced herself as a spirit from the waters to two hunters and a certain elder that she has come to bless the people, and when she was about to disappear, she gave an order that all women in the village must be married to men in the same village, in one single day. It also blessed us that we will be fruitful and prosperous,” he further enlightened.

The priest said that the mass wedding ceremony has been conducted every year since the day the Awon goddess so instructed.

So strict is the adherence to her instruction that if there are no women to marry off in any particular year, girls from age 13, 15, even 12, are considered marriageable. This contravenes the Convention on the Rights of the Child which pegged marriageable age at 18.

This is one of the inspirations for my book A Girl’s Calender on Amazon. Several copies have been sold already. So no more dillydallying. Believe in this cause. Get your copy as well.

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Amazon publishes A Girl’s Calender

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PRESS RELEASE

Press Play Events is proud to release from its stable a new title, A Girl’s Calender published by Amazon on Kindle.

The novel tells the story of the girl child and the travails suffered by a girl’s rights advocate in bringing education to girls who do not go to school due to certain traditions and cultures.

It shows how in certain northern climes in Nigeria, girls are married off early. As a result, they experience health issues during child birth. Two common examples are vesico-vaginal fistula and maternal and child mortality.

Without meaning to incite ethnic or religious strife, it tells the story in a very compelling manner. Though the characters are fictitious, the story is based on true life experiences and happenings.

The book also exposes the hiccups in the criminal justice system in the country and how the judiciary and police contribute to the over-congestion of the prison inmates.

Relevance of the Book

About 3.5 million girls have no access to education, according to the United Nations. This book contributes to the ongoing awareness creation that girls must be educated.

It is a contribution to the feminine virtue and strength.

recommended use

  • The book is a literary material that can be used to promote the reading culture amongst young people in various secondary schools. One of the major challenges of students of Literature is a lack of contemporary literature that is both enjoyable and relevant to the time. Most still have books such as Shakespeare in their curriculum. Students will have better ability to excel in English especially the Reading and Comprehension segment of a typical English paper, if they find the subject enjoyable and relevant. Besides the book contains no violent or sex language that could incite the reader into an unbecoming lifestyle.
  • Secondly, the book is for entertainment as well as social value.

The perfect scenario for your character

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There are different types of scene ranging from the home, courtyard, beach, school, offices, prison yard, court, police cell, wedding reception and so on and so forth.

What determines your scene is basically your story plot. The plot determines where your character is at the point in time.  This should determine the kind of scene that you will place he/she in. Whatever the scene you choose, you must study the common things found in such scenes. For example, things found in a hospital ward will definitely be different from things found in a hospital lobby or reception or a doctor’s consulting room. In order to enrich your writing, it is important to study such a scene. If your character is in a scene that you have never been to, perhaps a prison yard, then you may need to visit the yard or research what obtains in such an environment. You may interview prisoners asking them to describe their cells. And if you can’t visit the prison cell, you may need to don an online research, watch videos, study pictures to enable you have a full grasp of what you are writing about.

Authored by Abiose Adelaja Adams.

The Author is a midcareer writer and journalist. Having authored at least three books published on Amazon.com, A Girl’s Calender, Viral Diamonds, I am Not Afraid, she is passionate about coaching aspiring writers. She is the Chief Executive of the Global Center for Creative Writing as well as co-director of Pressplay Media Events, a company committed to mirroring societal ills through literary lens. For the purpose of Creative Writing, you can follow her on @itizwritten and www.facebook.com/pressplaymediaevents

VOCAB POWER!

Basic knowledge of English
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•    As a writer, you have got to be proficient in English. This is not an article for those who want to learn English but for those who already has a firm grasp of the lexis and structure of the English language and want to boost their creativity and increase their vocabulary.
•    A basic understanding of elementary English is necessary. You must know when to use present and past tenses as well as past participles. You must learn correct spellings of word. You may say, ‘leave that to the editor,’ but you will save yourself much work if you get it right the first time.
Use a Thesarus
•    As a writer, you are a role model, so you must use the words that is most suitable in meaning. Don’t use words whose meaning you are not sure of just because it seems grandiose or high-falluting.
•    Learn to use you Thesarus to always substitute words. For example, if you find yourself always using the words, ‘she was surprised;. And you observe that at any need to use the word ‘surprise,’ you use it repeatedly. How about checking the synonyms for surprise that will still convey the same meaning. How about using, ‘she was stunned’, ‘she was awed’, ‘she was taken aback’…and many more others. You need a table or online Thesarus to vary your words.

Authored by Abiose Adelaja Adams.

The Author is a midcareer writer and journalist. Having authored at least three books published on Amazon.com, A Girl’s Calender, Viral Diamonds, I am Not Afraid, she is passionate about coaching aspiring writers. She is the Chief Executive of the Global Center for Creative Writing as well as co-director of Pressplay Media Events, a company committed to mirroring societal ills through literary lens. For the purpose of Creative Writing, you can follow her on @itizwritten and www.facebook.com/pressplaymediaevents

10 things to consider when creating characters for your novel

CHARACTER TYPING-Temperament

  • It is advisable to be very deliberate about the character you are creating/typing. This determines how he or she reacts to situations and circumstances in the story plot.
  • There are four major types of character namely the ‘Melancholy, Phlegmatic, Choleric and Sanguine.
  • According to Tim Lahaye’s book on temperament, no one person has a single temperament, but a constitution of two or three in various percentages. These can them impact on the overall character of the person. For instance a personality with a Melancholic and Sanguine traits in 50-50 proportions may tend to be highly intelligent, highly volatile temper, and could be an emotional time bomb. He could be capable of so much evil and good at the same time. If you want to create such a character, it therefore behoves you to learn more about these individual temperament and how they affect attitudes, behaviour and response to situation and how they fit into our story plot and theme.

 

CHARACTER TYPING-Occupation

  • This is also very important in character typing and how they fit into roles.
  • If you are typing a character into a story plot that involves a military man. You need to learn about the military and how things function in that domain. You need to learn how a soldier lives, their routines and lifestyle, their beliefs, creed, and how all these affects their temperament.
  • If you are writing about a journalists, you may also need to understand how journalists live, the terms used and what the professional demands of them.
  • This also goes for writing about Nuns, Architects, Accountants, Bankers, Artisans, and the likes.
  • This will help you paint the picture appropriately

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