While it isn’t necessary for all of your characters to be dynamic, nor is it a requirement for your protagonist to be dynamic, it is important to consider while writing whether or not you want your characters to undergo a change, and if so, make sure that the change is relevant and clear.
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Salamatu Sule, a graduate of English and Literary Studies from the Kogi State University, Ayingba, just concluded her residency at the Ebedi Writers’ Residency, Iseyin. In this interview with Adewale Oshodi, the multi-talented writer explains why she writes in Pidgin English, and why majority of her writings focus on the problems facing the country.
WHEN did you actually start writing and what inspired you? I started writing at a very tender age. I was writing more of scribbles then; writing for me at that time was more of fun. In 1999, I was selected from my secondary school to participate in a poetry competition organised at the UK Bello Theatre by the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA). Then I knew I was going to write poetry. It was in 2010, however, that I delved into writing proper.
On what inspired me, I read a lot and I have read quiet a number of books that have inspired me in their peculiar ways. And one of such books is Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart and Camara Laye’s The African Child.
Writing in the Pidgin English is not so popular, but you write in Pidgin English as well. Is there any reason for this? Pidgin, as you know, is a language of the masses, the market people and the media. It has also gained entry into politics as it is a veritable tool used for political campaigns. In this country, we have several writings in pidgin language and one of such is a poetry collection by the late Mamman Jiya Vatsa. For me, what is new about my kind of pidgin poem is the stylistic device and more importantly, the movement to change the word pidgin into what is now called Naija Language; this movement was championed by the Naija Language Academy (Naija Langwej Akademi) with a standard orthography (Standad Naija Otografi) with a new standard spelling system for writers of pidgin language. A language that is widely spoken by the people deserves to be standardised. Therefore, writers should write in Pidgin English to standardise the language.
"Reports were that this tip did not originate with Pixar but instead with writer/director/teacher Brian McDonald. Intrigued, we contacted Brian to find out more. He replied as follows:
I should clear up that the story spine (Once upon a time…) is not mine. I think many people first learned it from me because of my books, classes and lectures I have given over the past dozen years or so. It did not originate with Pixar either. I looked for the origin of these steps when I was writing my book, but never found it and I say so in the book. It has been used in impov as an exercise where is where I first learned it. I know a guy looking for the origin, but he’s not having any luck either.
Brian added that in the original story spine tweet a step was actually left out. The final step should be And ever since that day… As Brian says, the list ‘keeps getting copied with this missing step and it’s an important step.’
Brian, an award-winning filmmaker in his own right, has taught his story structure seminar at Pixar, Disney Feature Animation and Lucasfilm’s ILM. For readers wanting to know more about The Story Spine, the following article by Andy Goodman explores in further detail these 7 simple steps for building more engaging stories."
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