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7 Activities That Feeds Your World of Creativity

pexels-photo-531639A strong desire to learn is what feeds your world of creativity. Call it curiosity, eagerness to know something new in life that is the same as inquisitive thinking. It is a key ingredient to gaining knowledge, getting to know what is taking place in the surrounding you are in. There are a lot of things that are happening where you are, wind blows for examples, and it blows away a piece of paper, ask yourself why, and give yourself are an answer. It indicates you are awake, and you are functioning, and your creativity is on.

You must have a curiosity of a child to discover new ideas. Use senses appropriately, to tell your story. Describe the texture of anything you laid your hand on, or that gets in contact with your skin, how it taste, how it feels, for example a brighter light rays to your eyes, how your whole body reacted when you saw a big snake in front, just few meters away, let us readers feel how you felt, show us the situation you are in, in words, let images of the scene flash in our mind when we read your story, answer all possible question we can ask our self as your audience, about your story. Don’t allow us to ask our self-questions like, then what happened next, show us how, and then give us details. Curiosity of child, I mean being curious as a child, is what, first nourishes your creativity.

Secondly, try doing what you love doing always. This helps you master the art perfectly, and you will even enjoy doing it more. If you love reading for example, then read with focus, have at the back of your mind why you read, what you want to know, and ask yourself if the book you are reading has something that is helpful to you and your work or beneficial to you in a way. Never waste time reading a book that does help you in any way.

Make sure you read always; when you get bored, when you are stressed, when you are not you, in your moods. Reading will take you places you have never been, you will tour around the world reading books, newspapers, magazine and novels, it dips you to the world imagination, and makes you interact with world you have never seen before, or you have never known it exist. It flashes pictures, sceneries in your mind of both ugly and beautiful world. You will visits nature of a different world through words you read, and get motivated or demotivated. If you wish yourself, you were in that world, of the book you are reading, or a story, then an idea has been planted in your mind, and you can pick a pen any time and write something. That is how people get ideas to write. They don’t wait for ideas to come in just, but they look for those ideas where they are hidden, hence keeping your creativity alive.

Third, finding inspiration from others in the profession you belong, and the experts in that field. Try to research to know what lead to their success story. How did they became bestselling authors, and learn how they tell their stories, and read comments given by readers and publishers, what do they like about their writing styles.

Whenever you experiences roads blocks, in your road to being published in your life as a writer, then learn how others before you in the same line of business succeeded. Study to know, how different people in different field reached particulars height of success in their life, and in their career.  Reading the like of Mahatma Gandhi, or Martin Luther (JR) is inspiring, captivating and motivating; I call them the fathers of inspiring quotes of wisdom, about life.

Discover what are your strengths and weakness; accept who you are, then workout to improve.  Belief your actions,  are what will save you from failing, and seek of God’s guidance, and in so doing you will be growing your curiosity as well as developing your career.

Fourth, take nature walk, you will learn new things as you try to ask yourself why the nature behaves the way it behaves, you will want to find out why, when the dropping down of a leaf and a fruit are different. When a mango drops down from a tree, it lands of ground directly below where it was hanging, but for a leave it may be carried far place even from tree it hanged. The reason being a leaf is lighter and it can be blown by wind, and fruit is heavier, and it can resist wind, as it is pull down by force of gravity. The difference therefore is ability to resist the force of a blowing wind. It can be an idea you can write a whole book about it.

You can ask yourself why, where you are walking that moment is different from where you were before for example your office, or your home is quiet or noisy. The new environment refreshes you, your thoughts, and lets in room for creativity; from there you can get an idea to write about.

Think about how your readers will feel, and think  how you describe yourself being in that new situation, tell how you suffered,  how you enjoyed, how ugly it is, or how beautiful it looks, that new place, take your audience to enjoy too, that moment you enjoyed, or show them the ugliness of the place to touch their feeling. The way you feel when telling a story is exactly what the reader feels.  If it affects your feeling it will affect the feeling of the readers.

Do you think your article will make readers interested in visiting the place you are describing?

If you answer is yes then you have got it right, because you writing must affect someone feeling, has to influence readers. From there you will have something to write, some ideas will come to you in different ways, it can be from your day dreams, and beautiful scenery of natural world, talking to a dumpsite diver, call that person dumpsite scavenger, if you wish, they will tell you stories worthy spreading and worth reading, some people fear to talk to them, and don’t know these people hold information with them, that are important in the social circular of the society.

I was once told by a dumpsite diver that he pays rent from selling items from dumpsite to the community. He gave me examples that includes children’s bicycles, thrown away by rich people from richer suburb of Nairobi, he repair them and sell to them to slum people, how cannot afford a new one for their kids. He said sells plastic bottles, scrap metals and cloths to slum dwellers and he earns lot money. Unless you walk around and talk to these people you won’t get such stories.

Fifth is drawing a table of two columns and two rows. Make a list of good ideas you have ever thought of, then make a list, starting from the ones you are familiar with, think of what you can do about them, what change you can make, if you are given a chance.

Then make a list of the worst Ideas you have ever thought of, state how can change or you can improve them. For example, if you are given a chance to provide a solution for global warming what you will do?

Deduce how you can change from worst to better, how can improve and make the worst ideas to be beneficial, is what people want to read. That is feeding and well-nursing your creativity.

Sixth is forging your right moods always. How can you do that? Forgive and forget people you that wronged you. Ask for forgiveness from people you have wronged, including yourself, yes can sometimes wrong yourself, that disturbs you, in your  thought, ask why you even did that, then forget, and go for new endeavors , or get on with your work. It may not be easy but be sure that clearing old situation in your minds, helps you to get yourself in the new thing or new thoughts.  Seeking your new thoughts helps in charming and feeding your creativity.

Lastly, read, read, and read, you will get new ideas, and many ideas, than you may need for yourself. You can read a story in a novel from another part of the world, and it talks about a theme that is similar to what is happening in your country for example corruption, like in a play by Nicholai Gogol, The Government inspector, which will never end since Adam and Eve, then tell you own story, about own country or an organization. So, in short reading keeps creativity alive.

 

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The most important thing you need to work on as a writer

pexels-photo-261734As a writer, it is important to work on time management.  It is crucial. This is so because it will make you meet the deadline for submitting your assignment in time. If you are a freelancer, for example, writing for different clients or media houses, you have to make sure the work is delivered on time to your various clients on time.

Secondly, you must be good at budgeting. Sometimes you need to travel places to get stories, you need to register to a library, and you pay member fee. There are other daily bills to pay. It is important to you as a writer to avoid waste of hard-earned cash.

There is a need to prioritize the use of money you gain from writing. Spending wisely help in meeting the cost of improving your writing business. Writing is a business like any other. It is worth investing time and money.

How you can spend money improving your writing business

It is important to invest in purchasing good books, pay a fee for a short training on a writing course, paying tuition for a professional writing training, attending a workshop, or a writing conference. It is a simple finance management skills, not a complex one, is what I mean.

Seeking knowledge to improve the quality of your writing, and making your work readable, informing, educating and entertaining one, is what sells in the present competitive market. It is advisable to attend even if a short writing training. This will equip you as a writer, with skills to produce work that sells itself in the market. There are a lot of online training, lectures on YouTube, which are of benefit to writers out there.

There are a lot of blogs that provide advice on writing, how to earn from writing, how to make your writing great,  how to become a writer, or just type anything you want to learn on the search engine, you will receive a free advice. That is what I do myself. You can also join writing clubs, online book clubs; you will benefits from that, receiving a free knowledge.

Third, read widely. Good, the bestselling and established author read a lot. To produce good writing you must read a lot. Most writing ideas are got from reading work of others.  That is where you can get gaps or what other authors have missed, and you can write something new and original. Reading opens up your mind to the world of writing and dips your thoughts into the sea of ideas.

Good readers write and produce good writings, of high quality, that stands out in today dense and competitive writing market. Reading makes you learn, it makes you discover and develop writings styles, it makes you know what writing market you can penetrate, it can lead to possible paying publishers, and it makes you find to hide out paying writing market. It will improve your language skills, grammar, and vocabulary, and gain knowledge about the subjects you are writing on and master its trade.

I am a published author, and I do understand my strength and weaknesses. It is good to know and understand yourself, who you are first, then dive into the world pool of writing. Many writers admit that they have received hundreds or even thousands of rejection letters, some say they were almost losing hope to write, but they kept on writing and submitting their manuscripts till they got published, and are now established authors, and earn well too. I have also received about ten rejections before I got published. I will highlight the worst rejections I have ever received, to me.

I once received a rejection email from a publisher that read, “You have a story to tell, but, you don’t have the language to tell that story”. It said. It was heartbreaking of course, morale killing rejection. I missed being published by a widely read, and prestigious publishers, but still was happy because I had a story tell than having nothing at all. It is the hardest part of writing I have experienced, and I am sure someone else will tell you the same. It is always good to have something to write. The language I can still work on it.

I had to appreciate myself because I don’t suffer from what is called ‘writers block”, or lack of ideas, yes language deficiency!  there is room for improvement.

I received another worst rejection that the sender of the email asked me if I have translated the story, from another language. I reply no with the capital “N” and capital “O.” she also complained of vocabulary and choice of words. I learn that the environment where I live, and where she lives are totally different, I am describing a scene in a remote village in Kenya, where we describe houses as huts, while the publisher is in a big city with skyscrapers.  I like it because it seemed she was interested but she could just use my work.

As a writer struggling to be published frequently, I so there is a need to converge in my writing career to survive in today’s market. I have to be smart enough to smell stories worth telling and spreading. I have to be creative and innovative of ideas that audience want and long to read.

Tools for good writing include; language, pens and pencils, notebooks, a smartphone, a good laptop connected to the internet of course, or a desktop, audio recorder and a camera. I need also to have a network of fellow writers, and publishers. A good network will earn me a job, I trust, it may lead me to get a contract with a publisher. Networking is a resource to stay in the world of writing and publishing, in simple terms in the world of communication.

A writer has to access to a good library of books, magazine, newspapers and digital library enabled by the internet. Subscribed to blogs and website on writers market, here is where we get alert on writing contest to participate, writing conferences and residence MFA, where you as an upcoming authors, I have a chance to meet established writers and resource persons to help you, advice you on how to survive in the world of writing.

It is important for writers to be well equipped with research skills. Through research you can produce good to read stories, well-sourced stories, research will also help in getting the market for your writings.  Good to read stories are produced by good readers and skilled in research authors.

Thirst for knowledge, love to read, love writing, and love to research, to me, is what defines the daily routine of best writers.

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Honoring Your Reality: My Writing and Real Me

imagesAs a person I love writing. I love reading too, with a passion. I have my daily work to earn a living; to balance the two is my routine for five days a week.  Real me, my consciousness tell me my writing is what is important to me, but at the back of mind, the job that pays my bills  comes first than my life plan for writing career. So, life goes on balancing the two, day in day out.

Despite of all these I have life to live. You can remind me that life is short, if there is a need, but my wish is to have enough to pay my bills, I will dedicated my available time to writing, leave my present job and make writing my daily jobs. As an author, I am facing a number of challenges to execute my writing jobs.

First of all, getting real client is a challenge.  Who will payment me daily, weekly, or monthly for writing?  This will include lack of idea. I can’t really say, I lack something or ideas write on, because what I wish to write is what a client needs. That means the client is with the idea. If a client tells me she or he wants a business letter for example that is the ideas. So, I paying client comes along with an idea. Secondly writing takes long to sell, to be published, and to start benefitting financially. The reason why I must have other side hustles.

Why am I still working and writing only when I have some time?

You may ask me this question. As much as I wish to, I have limitations. I remember about three years ago, when I started writing and getting published, it felt good to be read by many people for example, in a national newspaper or an international publication, but how frequent will you be read, matter a lot, a writer admitted that, it is easy to steal a gun from a police station, than getting published, in Kenya. This is true for upcoming authors, almost everywhere.  It is just like getting a job these days; you must at least have 2 years of working experience and for a paying publisher to use your articles, or, your books you must have been published before.

Why am I not getting immersed into the world of self-publishing?

The world of self-publishing is not easy and free as some may think. I have my three books manuscripts with the publisher now, but I haven’t paid the firm to initiate the production of hard copies, eBooks, and paperback so that I begin selling and start earning from my writing, so money is a challenge too.

Who is really me?

I do errant jobs; freelance jobs, to earn, and when it is time for entertainment or to rest, that is when I choose to write or read. I know I can make some cash from writing, and I have ever tasted money for being published before; I have felt great being read, but it will take like three to four years to depend on it, I need just to establish myself as a professional writer before leaving the job that earns money at the moment.

Really I, now need money to pay my bills, and even pay my self-publishing, and earn more and I do hunting for paying publishers at same time.  I need at least to move around, to a quiet environment, and concentrate in my writing, let the words flow to the page, I do need to stand alone first before leaving my daily job, and get into self-publishing. When the product of an author, call it his or her writing does not sell, then the writer is crippled financially unless he or she has sides’ hustles.

Some people will tell you how much he or she earns in month from writing, some people are lucky or have a good network the help them to getting writing jobs, but most is struggle and hard work, that pays.

Most people like me put more attention to what is paying them now, and do writing as a side option or a hobby or part-time jobs.

I do hustle every morning, and I read between breaks, when I am waiting for a bus at the station, while on the bus, and when I am out for a coffee or lunch break. My target every day every day is to read at least for about 4-6 hours a day. Weekend, is the time I have scheduled for writing, unless I have a writing assignment on week days, that brings a plate of food to the table or benefiting in any way. Then I sacrifice my reading time for it.

One thing I like about writing and reading is that, it is entertaining, to me. I don’t feel strained writing like any other jobs because you learn new things and Ideas every time you write or research for something new, but for your health sake, give yourself breaks of 15 -30 minutes every two  hours before you get back to writing, that is what I do myself. For reading I can read even more than three hours nonstop especially a fine reading or fiction.

What is the future of my writing career?

I am planning to have my own office, where I will report every morning to plan and execute my writing. To write in the same place, in the same position, on the table and on the same chair every day. I will do real serious writing business for at least 8-12 hours a day, this is what I need, and I think will achieve my dream.

Writing can change someone life for good and you can reach masses, and bring change to their life through writing. It is a form entertainment, way of educating masses and a medium to informing the world knowledge you have learnt from others. It needs more patience, patience, and patience. Be Blessed

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    5 travel magazines that pay writers for their travel writing and photography

If you love writing about travel, culture, food and wonderful destination, then bellow are five well-paying magazines that pay writers for what they love to write about. It includes professional photography and blogging to make money writing about travels.

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1.Great Escape Publishing

If you want to earn income through travel then, Great Escape Publishing, is helping writers get paid to travel. They publish articles in a variety of categories. Articles about travel blogging, business importing and exporting, your own tours, photography, and travel writing. They pay from $50 to d $200. The payment depends on the nature of the writing.  To know more about Great Escape publishing, type the name of search engine, this will lead to their website. Travel writing to make money, Great escape publishing, have their own expert to show you on how to earn writing about travels and traveling.

The receive articles submitye in a file word document. It should include a full name of the author, address and a telephone number. The length of articles they accept is approximately 300-600 words.  Your work will be published in The Right Way to Travel magazine and payment is made upon publication of your piece.

  1. Wanderlust Magazine

Wnaderlust is a British travel magazine. They receive pitches from freelance writers, and pay £220 for feature articles of 1000 words and above. They publish both online and print magazine. The accept pitches. For more on how submit a proposal visit the website.

  1. Westjet magazine

It features well-crafted stories meant to inspire travel and enrich trips experiences. It is designed to reach travelers every after 30 days. Writers are advised to read back issues before making pitches. It helps to familiarize with what accept they publish.

A pitch of an idea should be no more than a one-page query letter outlining. It should including its angle, elements, direction, and length or even intended section. The reason why writers need to first read back issues. Writers are advised to provide contact information, that is phone number, and email address with a list of your previous publishers and example of published work. Payment is determine on assignment by the editor.

  1. Cultures and Cuisines magazine

If you love writing about culture and food then Cultures and Cuisines magazine

Is where send your work for publishing and for a pay. They accept article that discuss food and travel.  They brag to publish “informed, intelligent, well-written narratives, about the places. It should be both literal and imaginary. These place be where food and travel come in contact. They pay $200 per article. No bargain in that rate, it is final, nonnegotiable in their own words.

  1. Air Canada’s enRoute Magazine

It reaches over a million readers in a month. They boast of an international audience, and with high expectations. They receive submissions in a diversity of categories. They respond to submissions in a shorter time as 30 days. The have section or department, where writers indicated on their pitches. Long travel features articles 1200 words to 1700 words. Then Short features of about 200 to 550 words, Passport is a roundup of short pieces on global travel lifestyle finds and no number of words indicated and finally Getaway which is and Getaway, and it is about 450 words in length.

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Facing the New World Stresses Managing stresses in…

Facing the New World Stresses
Managing stresses in life is what makes a human being what he or she is. My brother and I used to play like we will never play again. We acted and play role adults, we played with other village children till our parent became suspicious, that might have lost our way home, and began finding where are about. We sometimes forget we had a number problem in life because play is made our day.
We felt hungry but play was our best option as long as we had energy to jump up and down, run here and there, lift that thing up, drops down another, we push one another to the point of hurt; to sometimes extend of one bleeding or bruised. Sometimes, we felt hungry for a period of time, normally the time during which we used to have meals, after that time, we felt full of energy as if we have just eaten, we now encourage ourselves to continue playing , saying hungry is lost now we can play.
We could hardly get tired. We accompanied friends to the home and share the little food their parents have prepared. This is sweetest part of slowly eroding African culture, the child was a community property, and every one had a responsibility in bringing up and caring for children.
Today the same village where I grew up, if a child is found eating in neighbor house, is warned not eat from people’s house, reason being the child will lack manners, or fed portion, or poison, but some of us still have manners though and were not poisoned.
The world has really changed. We don’t trust one another. We live in a world where, your closest neighbor maybe a dangerous criminal or a drug dealer or hater, child abductors, child trafficker, and to be safe, we restrict our children freedom of  free play and socialize with world around them.
A friend once advised me not have a meal in restaurant in a regular basis, when I asked why, he faced me and said “This is Nairobi”. I was scared in the first place, but I gave myself courage, dismissing his advice, that I don’t have enemies or haters.
We have lost trust even from even our relationships, what is left is service, get the services want and leave me alone kind of relationship.
In 2014 I had a neighbor who was funny beyond being funny. He eats the cooked by his wife, while is present the house. In case he finds the wife has cooked the food already, he won’t eat. He goes straight to the kitchen, and he cooks for himself. When he was asked why he didn’t eat the food cooked by his wife in his absence, his response was “never trust women”. What came to my mind was, he doesn’t trust his sisters and his mother, because they are women. My question was why they lived together in one roof; sleep one bed, when you trust one another.
The wife had to pack belonging and left matrimonial home. She has to because how will live with someone who is thinks you might poison him or her anytime.
In African culture, if a man refuses to eat the food cooked by his wife, it is like he is filing a divorce. So we trust only when we see each other eyes. Happiness of a woman in Africa is her husband to eat the foot she cooks.

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