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Meet Grammarly, My New Favourite Tool For Editing

Meet Grammarly, My New Favourite Tool For Editing

If you’ve been on this blog for some time, you’ll know I’m a fan of excellent written works. I’ve advocated cutting cancerous parts from your pieces, shared practical editing tips, suggested writers should get editors, and I even went as far as saying every editor also needs an editor. But the sad truth is: Not […]

5 Reasons Most Writings Suck – And How You Can Do Better

5 Reasons Most Writings Suck – And How You Can Do Better

Abdullahi’s Note: This is a guest post by Aremu Toyib, a writer and blogger. He blogs on lifestyle of youths at Aremu Toyib, and you should check out his blog. You’ve read several awesome blogs and articles. And you were impressed with what you saw. The lines relate to one another and make full sense […]

10 Tips To Write A Non-Fiction Book That Rocks

10 Tips To Write A Non-Fiction Book That Rocks

Minutes after I sent out my newsletter last Monday, a reader named Daniel replied me and said “You suck too! Bes regard (sic)” Daniel is absolutely right and I want to congratulate him for recognizing that. Here’s what I had said in the newsletter that triggered his remarkable response: …I’ve never promoted a book written […]

9 Common Writing Mistakes From NWC Essay Contest Entries

9 Common Writing Mistakes From NWC Essay Contest Entries

Abdullahi’s Note: This is a guest post by Abdullateef Abdul, an award-winning essayist, difference-maker, and progress-enthusiast. He posts insanely useful writing tips with doses of motivation at MyWordCraft. I was privileged to be a panellist in the just-concluded 2014 Naija Writers’ Coach Essay Contest and was, as a consequence, also privileged to read and assess […]

8 Mistakes From Naija Writers’ Coach Essay Contest Entries

8 Mistakes From Naija Writers’ Coach Essay Contest Entries

I’ve had the privilege to sit on the panel of judges in a number of local and national essay contests, and I can confirm there’re a number of mistakes entrants commonly (love to) make. I discussed these flaws at length in my book, Vertical Writing, and even in an earlier tutorial on this blog. But […]

The Most Careless Way You’re Annoying Your Readers

The Most Careless Way You’re Annoying Your Readers

Abdullahi’s Note: This is a guest post by Aremu Toyib, an undergraduate at the prestigious University of Ibadan. He is an editor, a blogger and campus journalist. He occupies a space at aremutoyib.com and you can tweet him @omotoshoatob on Twitter. To write for me, see this guideline. Many things have to be learned before we […]

15 Grammar Goofs You Should Stop Making Immediately [Infographics]

15 Grammar Goofs You Should Stop Making Immediately [Infographics]

Total grammar mastery is utopian. Because, you know, perfection is exclusive to God. Again, unflinching adherence to all rules of grammar is undesirable. Because doing so slaughters your creativity. But heck, some grammar goofs are just unpardonable. However hard you try to look artistic when you use them, they simply make you look reckless. Or […]

Why Every Writer (And Even Editor) Needs An Editor

Why Every Writer (And Even Editor) Needs An Editor

Ask any writer around you – it’s always tempting to conclude that a write-up is good enough after the writing. But that’s a trap you never should fall for. Few weeks ago, an adept writer friend sent me his book manuscript for editing. I had thought he was a good-enough writer who needed no editor. […]

I’ve Failed, I’ve Learnt And I’m Growing

I’ve Failed, I’ve Learnt And I’m Growing

In my short sojourn in life, I’ve tasted failure many times: I attended 6 different primary schools, wallowed in abject penury for many years, wrote more than 15 essay contests before I ever won 1, operated 2 blogs before which did not work, etc. It is part of life. But you see: I’ve learnt a […]

9 Simple Tips To Better Editing

9 Simple Tips To Better Editing

I finished writing my soon-to-be-released book a couple of days ago and it’s currently undergoing comprehensive editing. While that happens, there are some vital editing tips I’ve learnt and that I’m applying to the book. As I go through the stages of the editing, I find that the book improves gradually and tremendously. So today, […]