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I’m following the #dosummerwrite prompts from the Instagram account Well-Read Black Girl (@wellreadblackgirl) to bring a more mindful approach to my writing practice, both personally and professionally. I hope to learn things about myself, my flavors of creativity, and how I want to write. Hopefully, you’re encouraged to dig into who you are as well. […]
“In order to rise from its own ashes, a Phoenix first must burn” – Octavia Butler This quote was the inspiration for the title of the anthology “A Phoenix First Must Burn: Sixteen Stories of Black Girl Magic, Resistance, and Hope” edited by Patrice Caldwell. The stories in the anthology are written by Elizabeth Acevedo, […]
I’m using this year’s NaNoWrimo to make the second draft for my upcoming novel Guardians of Masks and Memory. Right now, I’m doing research, redoing outlines, filling out worldbuilding questionnaires and character questionnaires, etc. I know that some other people are doing their own prep work and feelings range from overwhelmed to totally ready or […]
Be original. It’s a phrase that we’ve heard before and we make ourselves believe that we have to make a totally new idea or concept, like inspiration is just gonna come smack us in the face with a fantastic venture. However, this way of thinking is a trap that can lead us to think that […]
*BOOK AND MOVIE SPOILERS AHEAD* As a creator of color, I thought that Black Panther would have hit me the hardest as being a highlight of my year seeing an all black cast, but there was something special about Ava Duvernay’s interpretaion of A Wrinkle in Time. I saw myself more in a Wrinkle in […]