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Wednesday Writing Tip: Be Inspired

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You have to believe in yourself. That’s the only way you’ll make it….the only way you’ll accomplish the goals you set for yourself. At the beginning of this year, I mulled over my 2016 aspirations. Filled with doubt, I listened as God spoke to me… Dear Krystal,      You are certainly good enough. You…

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Wednesday Writing Tip ~ Use Your Pain

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This past weekend I was blessed with the opportunity to hear Nely Galan speak. She’s such  powerhouse! Thoughout her hour-long talk she gave expert advice about how to grow your business and position yourself for success. One nugget of wisdom she shared was to write from your pain. Galan stated, “Your pain is your gateway…

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A Moment of Clarity ~ Why I Became A Writer

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Somewhere around the age of twelve, I decided I wanted to be a writer. I immersed myself in the world of books and fell in love with the writings of Nikki Giovanni and Maya Angelou. When I was in college, I declared to my English professor, Kwame Dawes, that I’d have my first book published…

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Wednesday Writing Tip ~ Find A Mentor

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Who is it that you most admire? Which authors are really making it in their careers? Who is writing the types of books you want to write? I have several people that I “follow” closely…watching their careers and how they move…..admiring them from afar. You should have some of those people. You should use them…

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Wednesday Writing Tip ~ Believe

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Admittedly, creating these Wednesday Writing tips aren’t the easiest task. It’s not that I’m short of advice. But my advice won’t mean much without a healthy dose of passion on your part. It all boils down to this… If you don’t believe that you will be a published author, it’s not going to happen. Colin…

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Wednesday Writing Tip: Visit The Library

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Books do something to me. They warm my heart, giving me incredible joy. And being surrounded by them is like a little slice of Heaven! I make regular trips to my local book store. But I had to place a ban on my book-buying escapades because it got out of hand. I currently have four…

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Wednesday Writing Tip: Research Your Writing

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When planning the manuscript of my third book, Brooklyn, I knew I’d need to do a little research. For most of my writing career, I had followed sage advice: “write what you know”. That advice had carried me well through the publication of two prior books. But my title character for this third novel would…

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Pen To Paper Writer’s Workshop~ Join Me!

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Much of my time is spent answering questions from aspiring authors about the writing process and my journey into publishing. So, I developed a workshop that will give writer’s vital information they need to complete,publish and successfully market their work. On November 12, 2016, I’m hosting a special session for writers in my hometown of…

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Wednesday Writing Tip ~ Face Your Fears

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Years ago, when I was 17, I had an opportunity to meet Jamaican writer, Kwame Dawes. He read my work and gave me valuable advice that I still hold on to this day. In his critique of my writing, he said, “find what you’re most afraid of and write about that.” I knew what it…

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