Hello people! So if you're reading this as a newbie, this is totally meant for you to read. And if you aren't a new person, you can still read this, might help you at some point of time.
I've been here 8 months back, and back then, I seriously knew nobody and I was probably not even being read by many people. Here are some suggestions from my side which can (probably, and surely) help you in sharing your thoughts. I'll be explaining things of my knowledge in very simple words, and I hope it wouldn't be a hindrance. If this didn't go well for you, don't curse me please. *teary eyes* ___________________________________________________
1. READ MORE- Apart from the fact that you are here to write, reading other people's pieces are really essential. This can help you in many ways:
~In simple words, a good way to pass time in a helpful manner (other than sleeping and eating alone )
~ Some people have a really good knowledge of words, and reading them can help you improve your vocabulary as well. And a good vocab can surely help you write better pieces. I keep my own dictionary and I write down new words which I find from my friends' writeups (and I have completed a book already ) This can help you in your literature subjects as well. (Go get some appreciations from your English teacher for a good essay next time XD)
~ Sometimes, you seemingly don't understand some lines which the fellow writer has penned. Now this can happen either because you just glanced it or felt it difficult to understand. If this happens, read it one more time. This can help you taste the poem in a better way and get more perspectives of it, which the poet didn't know himself. If you further didn't understand, ask the writer what he/she meant by the line. I always do this, and it's not a shame. The comment section is always open for such queries. And infact, the writer would be very happy that someone has some interest towards their prose/ poem. NEVER hesitate to clarify your questions. Sometimes, metaphors and personifications are difficult to understand. Don't worry.
~ When you read a person's works continuously, he or she will definitely look into (at least) one of your pieces, and this can also turn out to be a good idea of increasing your readership. I might sound peculiar, but what I said is pure human mentality. ________
2. MAKE FRIENDS- This can actually be a good way of increasing your reach, but it is not the only thing. You cannot be alone here, without any friends or people to talk, and this purely is my perspective. (But if you know staying to yourself as a single electron, kudos to you! It is the best, no toxicity, no harm :)) Talk to people, read them, appreciate them, understand them. There are many other users who are waiting for you. Although this place isn't meant for making friends, at some point of time, you might need someone to share your feelings with. But at the same time, be wise and be right in choosing the right people. All that glitters is not gold. Know the space you have reserved for somebody else in you. ________
3. HAVE SOME INSPIRATION(S)- There definitely stands someone who inspires you to write, and I assure you that there are many such writers here who ink masterpieces everytime. These people turn out to inspire your writings, and by trying to match the level (uhmm, it happens) of their writings, you improve unknowingly, and this definitely is a good sign of getting good with your words. You can definitely incorporate their STYLE, but also remember to have your own recognition. Don't just be a shadow always, be a human with a shadow below. (was that cheesy XD) ________
4. PAY ATTENTION TO FEEDBACKS- Not all times can your writeup be "Perfect". There are times when you might have committed some grammatical errors, or some incorrect sentence formation etc,. When a person takes his time and points out the mistake, immediately correct those mistakes and appreciate his presence. It is always good to correct mistakes, don't just ignore. ________
5. STAY AWAY FROM BOTS- This is another important thing in this platform. There are some spam accounts who will comment on your posts in the following ways:
~Hey writer XYZ, we read your works and they were really awesome. We are publishing an anthology and we would like you to publish your works in these. For more information contact, Email - xyzxyz Contact no. -..........
~ Hello writer, I am your friend XYZ. Please help me out with my new YouTube channel, I need some subscribers. I think of you as my brother/sister. Please do the help for me. I have even followed you for the same. Like, comment, share, subscribe.
~ My friend has opened a new YT channel/ started a new self-publishing agency. Please check my link in bio and subscribe the channel, or publish your works and become popular by contacting to........
~ Want to get your works published, recognized, and get famous as a star? Want to become a popular writer? Send us a mail on XYZXYZ@gmail.com and send Rs. 150 through online transactions. Go writer, earn crores of rupees, thank us later. Check out fast, limited access available.
I request you to not believe such bot accounts and end up with some great loss. The simplest thing you can do is block such accounts, or report them immediately. It would be a better way of cleaning trash from this lovely place. ________
6. PERMISSION AND CREDITS-
Firstly coming to permission, At times, you might feel like wanting everyone you know to read your piece, and by this, you tag a thousand people in the caption as well as the comment section. To be honest, I used to tag more than 100 people in my comments, and now, it feels so stupid and creepy. Some people literally don't read despites tagging everytime, know that. Tag a few people (tagging nobody is still okay) with their permission. It would be a decent and a good way rather.
Also, please stop tagging the official accounts of @mirakee and @writersnetwork in each and every post you read. They try to read many many posts everyday, and reading every user isn't possible. It is good if you tag in just one or two posts, but doing this every time is bad. Harassment, we can call it. If you're a genuine reader, your read is more than enough, right? As a writer also, don't feel sad on not getting reposts from these two accounts. Be happy with your happy and genuine readers, they give you pods on every post, aren't they beautiful? *smiles* Please tag these two accounts only in the posts you feel are the most deserving ones. It would be calm then.
Secondly, credits, Whenever you're using some famous quote, or using some words of a fellow writer, give them due credits. Not doing this can signify Plagiarism, which is seriously not a good sign (you might be Imprisoned XD). Always credit for the words and pictures you use. (gradually, you can add it in your bio as well, but always credit the words of others in that particular writeup itself) Artists and creators deserve credits. ___________________________________________________
Yes, so these were some tips from my perspective on general usages of Mirakee and reading. I will also try on posting some writing tips which I have imbibed over time, if possible. And I hope it will help you too. Spread these words (if possible) so that your fellow writers find some aid as well.
Thank you, if you read this completely till here. If you know some other advices, please comment down.
I gotta tell ya, one of the greatest things about hosting your own challenge is that you can submit your entry piece late without getting into any trouble. Yep, the perks are endless! And to that end, here now is my belated submission to my #ceesadvicechallenge
The Way of Words by Carolyn Glackin Dear Writers, I cannot guide you to the right words any more than I could hope to tell you how or when they might arrive. You alone know this, and these matters are yours to discover. For it is my personal belief that every word a writer will ever need for every story, every poem, every bit of prose, etc., is born within them, and there they lie in restful wait until the day they are called forth into action by the writer. How will this occur? You, the writer, will breath them into life. How? There are many ways... Some will flow out in the gentle streams of tears you've yet to shed. Some will come bursting forth in the raging maelstrom of your anger. Still yet, others will soar buoyantly on the rippling peals of your laughter. Love, as you may have guessed, is often the ultimate summoner of words; and will cause them to flutter about in your heart and stomach like half crazed butterflies. Many too, will come to you by way of your nocturnal imaginings and your daytime dreaming. Joy will often inspire your words to awaken as they dance merrily about you in a celebratory dance full of mirth and glee. Grief will undoubtedly elicit many words, sometimes in a slow and steady trickle, and at other times in a heavy downpour. Curious moments and moments of discovery will coax and cajole them out of their hibernative captivity. So you see, there are all these ways, (and still many more ), which will lead you to put thought to word, pen to paper and so on. Really all that's required of a writer is to live their life, pay attention, and feel everything. And I do mean EVERYTHING. To shut the door on your emotions is to imprison your words forever. It's the proverbial kiss of death for the writer. So whatever you do, don't do that! As writers we often forget the healing tool we have access to, by way of our own mind and fingertips. As scary and unpleasant as some feelings, emotions, and experiences may be, we can write about them! Which means we can purge ourselves of them! Which means we can finally release them! Do you fully understand how freeing that is?! How therapeutic it is?! What a blessing and gift it is?! We are the fortunate ones! I often wonder what other people must do in these situations. It's ok though. If necessary, we can write for them too. To that end, I'll always believe that those of us with the ability to write are meant to share it with the world. Our words are never meant for ourselves alone, and we never know how many people might be benefiting from them, healing through them, laughing, crying, and/or identifying with them. So please don't ever doubt what you've written or be afraid to share it. I guarantee you that whatever personal thoughts, feelings, or experiences you've put forth in your words have been thought, felt, and/or experienced by countless others out there, and they'll be thrilled to know that they aren't the only ones and that someone understands them. So give of your words freely, and trust that those who need them most will be guided to them. Now go forth, dear writers. Live your life, and write your truth. Copyright Carolyn Glackin 10/27/18.
iselfmasterSuch a superb write from an exceptional writer. And it’s such a great thing you do by hosting the community of writers on multiple platforms. I’m officially a fan at this very moment I’m typing. I’m rarely on here and I’m definitely glad but more honored to have explored to run across your page. Thank you for your writing as well as your dedication. ??♂️
extasy@lovenotes_from_carolyn your challenges are great but I find myself not working and attempting the challenges. So I've had to cut back on my time spent writing due to work constraints. But I have a new Sunday hobby for sure. The hard work you put into this is just amazing. More power to you.
lovenotes_from_carolyn@extasy: I understand completely, and thank you for your kind words! Mainly I wanted to extend the invitation. Never any pressure to participate. Only if you want to and time allows.
#ceesadvicechallenge I know this challenge is closed so I didn't go about the typical advice as I saw others do. I hope writing a poem that came to me was ok @lovenotes_from_carolyn if not please totally ignore this post.
Thanks to everyone that reads this. I have not been apart of mirakee for too long but I feel at home. I have always been hesitant to share my work or even consider myself a writer. Even though I have been writing for the last 21 years, it has all been pretty private. So thank you for taking any time to read my work, it is always appreciated. Peace and light to all.
Hey there beautiful people! Happy Friday to one and all! Let's hear it for the weekend, eh?! Anywhooo, wanted to tell y'all about a challenge I hosted on @carolyns_challenges_and_quotes recently. Every now and then, I'm approached by new/young writers with requests for advice on how to improve and/or develop their writing skills. It then occurred to me that these individuals could really benefit from a wide variety of advice, from more than one person, instead of just me. We certainly have many talented and brilliant minds amongst us, so I thought why not host a challenge in which fellow writers are asked to share their advice and helpful hints in regard to developing our skills as writers? So, me being me, I went right on ahead and did that! The challenge resulted in some truly fantastic words of advice from some of our very bright and talented Mirakeeans, which can be viewed by going to: #ceesadvicechallenge ... Another thing I wanted to mention is that due to the beneficial nature of this challenge, I've been reposting the submission pieces on both of my accounts; however, I was unable to repost a particularly outstanding piece by Eric (or Eric sir for y'all youngsters ) of @ericwk, penned on the topic of 'writer's block.' I had already reposted it 40 or so weeks ago when he originally posted it, so I'm unable to do it again. Fortunately, it can now be easily found by going to the aforementioned hashtag. Just wanted to bring that to your awareness so that you don't miss it. So, we now have a full arsenal of writing tips, literally at our fingertips, any time we're in need. My heartfelt thanks to those of you who participated in the challenge, and thank you all for reading. Blessings, Carolyn
priyanshuraj_priyuYeah.... That would be very helpful.... And, I will definitely go and check that challenge ... Thank you for letting us know, that you also post challenges... I'll be sure to take them.... Now, this is going to be fun... .... Hope, u understand the emojis....
I'm no expert but some of these are the points that I stick to when I write. (Others when I read) And if I'm not able to follow any one of these due to any kind of a situation, I'm left dissatisfied with my work.
I hope some of them can help you discover a new side of the writer within you.
flarefactorI really feel you when it comes to the part about vocabulary and the mountains of tags. I don't feel the need to make it overly complicated and tagging too many people makes it lack sincerity.
blahhhhhhh@flarefactor exactly. What's the point of writing something that no one understands. I mean, everyone knows that people find words on Pinterest and find an excuse to use them which don't even suit the idea.
So true. A lot of tend to show how maybe people aren't even serious about their words.
Well, I don't know if I'm qualified to give these but since I want to join in Mam Carolyn's #ceesadvicechallenge and share some advice that I follow, so here it is:
(This is long )
1. This one is old but gold. Write for yourself. You should be your own number one fan. You'll never be satisfied with just others praises, until you make yourself happy with your own work. Only then, you'll not be bothered by the number of likes or reposts in your posts. Those will be just bonus in writing. Seek validation from yourself first.
2. Here in mirakee, I have a set of writers whom I look up to. I try to get their attention by improving my write ups (but of course without forgetting #1 and without tagging them). A repost from them is as big as POD itself for me. They don't know who they are so those are genuine reposts.
3. I learn faster when I am corrected. I actually have trusted grammar critics here. They message me whenever there is something wrong about my posts. I also have some of my posts checked by them. (hi @ashik_k_a ) Would you believe, that before (around first 300 posts), I had at least 2-3 mistakes in every post. (I hope I have flawless posts now .)
4. Don't sprinkle your work with nosebleeding words. I actually promote some heavy words be mixed with simple ones but just don't do it in every line, every sentence or every phrase. 'Cause seriously, who wants to read with dictionary beside always. There is also this way of writing where you introduce the meaning of the unusual word within its sentence. And I learned a lot of difficult words this way, while reading good novels and poems. Try that style if you want to enrich the vocabulary of your readers.
5. Show don't tell. Tell: She is sad. ❌ Show: Warm water trickled down her cheeks, seeking refuge in the edge of her lips.✔️ Incorporate the sense of taste, smell, hear and touch too.
6. Make sure to write the idea as soon as it strike you. Or say goodbye from it. Write even words or phrase that you think are worth playing in your next write up.
7. Catch the reader's attention in the first line. Don't wait for 2nd or 3rd line. Not everyone is as patient as you. However, make sure you sustain the beauty of your work all throughout.
8. Read. Read. Read. (I'm trying too)
9. Don't force yourself to write (or even read.) Words call you when they need you and vice versa.
10. Write even if it's lame.
11. Quit writing if you are just planning to plagiarize others work. Writing is not for you. Seriously, how can someone take credits from others ideas
12. Ask permission first before tagging anyone.
13. There is no wrong in copying someone's writing style ( I said style not the words). Everyone learns from their favorite writers. But don't be contented of being just their shadow forever. Create a writing style that screams you
14. Fewer words, better. (for me)
15. Don't create an army of lazy readers. Don't spoonfeed them everything. Let your words make them think.
16. Let's start giving credits to owners of background pictures we use. They are also artists, like us, that deserve credit.
17. Don't follow this list or anyone's list if it doesn't suit you. We have our own ways to do things and it's not bad.
So hope this could help
(I'll update this post whenever I think of new ones to add)