Before you write, it is only natural to understand the language for your writing and the style.
I have noticed that most Nigerian writers don't take time to understand literary terms before jumping on the bandwagon of literary passions.
Most real and true writers pay their dues.
You need to learn message development to help you in your writings.
I have read and heard many Nigerians saying that Kongi's prose is difficult. But if you study these literary terms, Wole Soyinka's literature will be very interesting. And Wole Soyinka is the only Nigerian writer I look up to. The others are okay. But Ben Okri is our next Wole Soyinka and he will win the Nobel Prize one fne day.
I won't say much about my literature until all my major works are published.
For your works will speak for you.
If you want to be a great writer, then study great writers and not reading pop fiction.
Read Camus, Shaw, Satre, Mann, Tolstoy, Kafka, Soyinka, Lewis, Tolkien and other masters of 20th Century Literature.
J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis were great partners and produced great works such as the The Lord of the Rings and The Return of the King by Tolkien; The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis.
I have found that my life seems to be following the pattern of many of the greatest writers of all time. We are in most cases, we are in love with our genius and humans are our best subjects. My Christian faith is often confronted by my existentialist mind. And they manifest in my prose, verse and drama.
To be a great writer, you must be ready to experiment with life and the experiences will enrich your literature and dissect the hearts of many subjects.
Then join Book Clubs and literary associations of repute.
Reputable literary associations such as the Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle (CLSC) give members a selection of books to read with our annual subscription.
The Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) is still not well organised and I may launch the Nigerian Writers Congress (NWC) very soon.
Back to the topic of this thread.
These are common literary terms you should know as a child knows ABC: