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Writing the books I never got to read #DontGiveUp

A lot of times writers are asked why they write, or–as Daniel Jose Older put it at Kweli’s Children’s Writers of Color Conference yesterday–why they came into the game. I’ve said it before, but it rings truer now: I came into the game to write the books I never got to read. And if not to… Read more »

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Se wo were fi na wosankofa a yenkyi…

This piece was originally published on September 16, 2013. While I’m redesigning my blog, I’ll be re-publishing popular posts and those that speak to me now. -P “Se wo were fi na wosankofa a yenkyi,” or “It is not wrong to go back for that which you have forgotten.” For the longest time the Sankofa… Read more »

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A Different Kind of Sick

Sick days. Everyone is allowed to have them, right? But what happens when they occur all too frequently? What happens when they’re not a result of an illness that’s easy to explain?  As you probably know, today’s World Suicide Prevention Day. And because I’ve struggled with depression & anxiety my entire life and have been pretty vocal… Read more »

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My Foolproof Way to Revise Your Manuscript

This piece was originally published on January 22, 2013. While I’m redesigning my blog, I’ll be re-publishing my favorite popular posts. (Also, in case you’re wondering, yes I am working on a new project… TBA!) -P Revisions…yucky. My last major revisions came out looking like this: …Fun Zapper And revisions like that can take forever!  Yes, I… Read more »

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#NaNoWriMo Begins/My November #YABBootcamp Goals!

Yep, that’s me! As I mentioned yesterday, I’m particpating in NaNoWriMo this year with the intention of finally winning. I write books pretty fast it’s just that for some reason or another writing a book in one month, particularly November, never seems to work out for me. I wasn’t sure I was going to do… Read more »

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#FallWritingBootcamp Update!! (& some writing resources)

  Good morning!! All of you look particularly beautiful today. What can I say, I’m in a great mood. I’ve finally beat *most* of the sickness I’ve had for the past week and a half, so now I can go back to important things like tweeting, blogging, reading, and, oh yeah, catching up on homework… Read more »

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Why You (& Every Writer You Know) Should Attend WriteOnCon

I’ll go ahead and admit it. The title of this post is a bit misleading. Technically WriteOnCon is only for writers of Paperback books through New Adult, but, regardless of the category you write in, you can learn a lot by attending. What’s WriteOnCon? You don’t know?? Haha joking. It’s only the coolest online (FREE!)… Read more »

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Rejuvenating Your Creativity — Why It’s Okay to Take a Break

As of today, I’m taking a break from writing. Not from blogging, or academic writing (when classes start I’ll be doing more than enough of that), but from working on my stories.* As writers, especially when we “get serious” about writing and realize it’s not just a hobby, I think we feel like we have to… Read more »

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Write What You Love, <3!

Hey Readers! This post is a part of my (Teen) Writers’ Grimoire ongoing, dare I say infinite, blog series. Visit the About page for more information. Writing can be hard work, but often we, writers, make it harder than it has to be. A couple weeks ago I was having a hard time and my writing… Read more »

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Are We There Yet?

On Perseverance & Patience My dad wrote an ahmazing post on patience and fitness. He’s a wellness coordinator, and his big motto is no gimmicks, only hard work and results (he’s tough but his clients appreciate it). In the post he says this, If you have taken children on a road trip, you have probably heard them… Read more »