Writing Techniques, Tips, and Tricks

Eight mistakes I made balancing my role as a mom and an author

Not taking some time out to focus on just being a Mom. I’ve been working since the day my little one was born. I’ve never taken a break to just enjoy being around her. Get into a rhythm of being a Mom. I’m more scatterbrained than ever. And a schedule for us, It doesn’t exist. …

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I’m afraid to look at the edits to my manuscript.

So today I’ve received first-round edits back from my editor. I got it much earlier in the day, but I’ve been too nervous to review them. What am I expecting from the editor? Objective editing: grammar, syntax, flow… Nothing that should make me nervous. I’ve been working on this book for 7 years, and I …

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What is Speculative Fiction?

Speculative fiction has a long history. Nearly 80 years worth. Robert Heinlein created the term in 1941 seeking to create a sub-genre of science fiction: literature situated in the future dealing with the problems of people rather than technology caused problems. However, over the years, various individuals have taken the term and expanded (or narrowed …

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Are creative projects started before COVID-19 still relevant?

I started writing my book 7 years ago. I concocted a fake virus that would kill off most of the American population to create a situation in which white people would be the minority. Now, obviously none of that is happening exactly like that, but here we are amid a pandemic with the potential to …

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Being Creative without Being Negative

We have a culture in wallowing in negativity. I am currently fighting to change my mind, literally, change my daily and hourly thoughts.  I’ve always based my writing on negativity. It’s how I coped with issues I didn’t have anyone to talk to about. It’s so hard. Negativity is written into our culture. The music …

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The Black Writer’s Inferiority Complex

Black people who consume mainstream media are bombarded with negative images about themselves. Unless making a proper effort, black people won’t see positive representations of themselves in books, movies, and other media. Everyone, under the right conditions, is susceptible to feeling inferior to others. But Black Americans are particularly vulnerable due to this lack of …

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Writing Black Characters

I’m not sure how much I’ve told you about the characters in my thesis. Probably nothing because in general, I like to keep everything about my stories a secret until I’m satisfied with them. But I will say this: my main characters are black. Race does not determine my characters’ personality attributes, but I wanted …

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