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Writerly Thinz: Words Of The Day

This is sort of a re-post. The following are snippets of Chimamanda Adichie’s words from the Stylist Magazine session, where she confirmed that Lupita Nyong’o had purchased film rights to her novel, Americanah. And they are quotes I supposed would be useful to one or two writers. Yes, yes, I know I’m a major stan 🙂 Anyway, check on them below.

I see my characters as humans – I don’t judge them as I leave my readers to do that…

I listen to conversations and I watch people at airports to pick up ideas for characters…

I keep notes, I don’t mind my own business ever!

I usually have an idea of where a novel will go but I don’t always know what the end will be…

I started writing Americanah because I felt compelled. I was emotionally attached to it…

My writing advice is read, read, read: you don’t have to like what you read but it demystifies writing…

Tell the truth in your writing even if it means people aren’t going to like it…

Writing has texture to it: you need to pick up on real, human details to bring a story to life…

I wanted to write about depression in Americanah because it’s not discussed a lot although lots of people suffer from it…

If you are finding the writing process tough, take a break and eat some chocolate…

The reader I write for is me. It keeps me honest as I don’t try to pander to anyone’s view…

About shakespeareanwalter

Walt Shakes(@Walt_Shakes) is an award-winning Nigerian writer, poet and veteran blogger. He is a lover of the written word. the faint whiff of nature, the flashing vista of movies, the warmth of companionship and the happy sound of laughter.

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2 comments

  1. I like the aspect of read even if you don’t like what you read. It reminds me of books I had to literally fume through. I also like the fact that characters are to be thought as humans.

    Thumbs up

  2. I’ve learnt from this. Thanks.

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