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Stuck in the Middle (And how to push through)

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So you’ve started your story and your momentum is hiiiiiiiiiiiiiiigh! So high, you may as well be a balloon floating in the air. Your fingers are racing over the keyboard and the ideas are flowing quickly and smoothly. But soon it takes you double the time to crank out the page and your story begins to feel dull, forced. You’re in the middle of your story and even though you may have an idea of...

How to Market Your Ebook Part 1 (AKA The Woes of Marketing)

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Marketing is hard. I knew that. I knew it was hard, which is why I wanted some genie agent to magic away my struggles. The only problem is, I haven’t sent my work to any agent. And yet I wasn’t planning on marketing this book. How can I explain this? I created this novella, more for myself than anything else. I put a price tag on it and decided it would harness some side change that I could use...

Acquiring an ISBN Number in Nigeria

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If you want to experience the challenges that we as Nigerians face in a nutshell, all you need to do is spend an hour in a government facility. This post is for those of you who are wondering how to go about getting an ISBN number in Nigeria – hopefully, this entry will adequately prepare you. An ISBN is a thirteen digit number that allows your book to be identified. It usually sits just above...

Thicker than Water Excerpt

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WORDS   Ayoola summons me with these words – Korede, I killed him. I had hoped I’d never hear those words again.     BLEACH   I bet you didn’t know that bleach masks the smell of blood. Most people use bleach indiscriminately, assuming it is a catch-all product, never taking the time to read the list of ingredients on the back, never taking the time to return to the recently...

Thicker than Water is Now Available on Okadabooks

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I have finally gotten round to dropping another novel on Okadabooks. It’s really quite shameful. The Men She Loved was published in 2014 and it was put on the platform for free. I remember telling myself that, since it was my first completed novel, I would use it as a test to see if people liked my work and to grow a fan base. If it was successful, I would then work on writing another book for...

As If On Cue

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They hover at traffic lights; Disperse when the light goes red, As if on cue. With their hands pressed against your window, They look at you; Promise you God will bless you, If you bless them With money. Or with that bottle of water on your seat. Or with that KFC chicken that you bought For your needs, But now feel awkward about; You know where your next meal will, But they do not. You search...

Beep Beep…

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I haven’t written anything on this blog this year; it was easy to do because, as far as I know, no one reads this blog except for me. I didn’t even realize when the host removed my website and packed up my Cpanel. I hadn’t backed up the site in ages, so I am missing lots of posts, more than I probably even realize. Some I have on my laptop, but most of them are gone from the internet and my mind;...

The Eyes of A Dead Girl

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– Have you heard the tale about the ghost orange seller? – They say she wears a white dress and if you buy an orange from her… – You’ll die too! – You guys don’t really believe in that, do you?   They look at me with wide eyes and I can see that they believe. But of course, it’s not true. It can’t be true. I excuse myself and go to the bathroom. It’s a public...

She Sells Her Oranges

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Ayoola is on the street, balancing a tray of oranges on her head. She was up before the sun; there was not even a whisper of light as she cradled each one in her hand and used a sharp knife to free them from their skin. She could smell the strident scent emanating from them and could picture the sinking of white teeth into the tender orange flesh. Her first customer is a woman in a dark blue suit...

How to Start Your Story

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There is no hard and fast way or rule for how to begin your story. The best advice is probably, don’t begin at the beginning; which is great, if you know where the beginning is. Is the beginning when your character is born, in the manner of Charles Dickens? Is the beginning when your character dies? Is the beginning just before or at the point of the inciting incident of your story? Begin Just...

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