Words we owe to Africa.
Next week I am excited to have the ‘Queen of African Horror’ on my blog, talking about her work. As a tiny warm-up act I’m doing an African themed blog today. First, here’s a small selection of words in English that we all know, but don’t necessarily realise have an African origin.
Banana Banjo Chimpanzee Impala Jumbo Macaque Okapi Safari Zebra Zombie
And here are a few African proverbs that I think might include a lesson for the aspiring writer of any genre or nationality.
Wisdom: The fool speaks, the wise man listens. (And takes notes – could come in useful for a piece of dialogue one day)
Learning: You learn how to cut down trees by cutting them down. (Good writing comes from practice, practice, practice…)
Unity and Community: If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together. (Join a writers’ group to help you achieve your goals)
Friendship: Show me your friend, and I will show you your character. (Good tip re developing the synergy between characters in your story)
Money and Wealth: Do not let what you cannot do, tear from your hands what you can. (OK so maybe you aren’t going to write a best seller straight away. But that’s no excuse for not writing anything)
Love and marriage: Love has to be shown by deeds and words (Remember – show not tell, at least most of the time).
Patience: To run is not necessarily to arrive. (No point writing 5,000 words a day, if they are rubbish and not publishable)
Food: Words are sweet, but they never take the place of food. (Very few authors can live on what they earn from their writing …)
Good words are food (… but it is very satisfying to try!)
That’s it for today. I hope you will be brave enough to join me next Thursday (28th) for a journey into African horror.
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