The Last-Minute Manuscript

Hello Ebi! Hello Fam! So last week, I read one of the many blog posts out there about writing. This one referred to the elusive email—you know that diamond in the rough, a rare pearl in a sea of query rejections; that email from a literary agent asking to see your...

Redemption Song: My Interview with Kioi

Hello Ebi! Hello Fam! Today I am interviewing Kioi. A former antagonist in my novel Amachi's Hope. He is a descendant of Amachi and has done a complete 180 since his story began. Kioi is the perfect example of redemption. One who has changed his life...

Writers: No Excuses!

Hello Ebi! Hello Fam! As some of you may already know, #ChadwickBoseman Marvel's T'Challa in the #BlackPanther franchise lost his fight with colon cancer. He was only 43 years old. Aside from the mark he left on the cinematic industry and black community as a whole,...

The World Through the POV of a Writer

Hello Ebi! Hello Fam! It's lunchtime, and I am on the way to my usual salad spot to do a quick grab and dash. Wearing a mask on such a lovely day stinks, but it is what it is. The streets (in comparison to how they were a few months ago) are quite different. The...

My First Experience with a Beta Reader

Hello Ebi! Hello Fam! There comes the point when you should utilize the services of someone outside your friends and family. Intentionally leaving your story and self-open to either: "I love it!" or "Dear Lord, you may want to reconsider having writing as a possible...

Can a novice writer offer sage advice to other writers?

Hello Ebi! Hello Fam! We have all been there. You got up one day and decided, "I want to write a book!" Some of us know what we want to write about, while others have to mull it over. You may have been immersed in writing for some time—like myself. I am not a novice,...

What possessed me to start blogging, AGAIN?

Hello Ebi! Hello Fam! "What in the hell am I going to write about this week?" is the question that plagues some bloggers when they post. Some of us post weekly, bi-weekly, or even monthly. But it doesn't get much easier unless you are a planner, and you know what you...

“Why do you write?”

Hello Ebi! Hello Fam! Since today is #MotivationalMonday I thought is would be cool to share a short story I wrote a few years back. I hope it gives you the incentive to keep pushing forward in your writing, editing, querying or whatever part of the journey you're in...

Writers: Can creativity be taught?

Hello Ebi! Hello Fam! What is creativity exactly? Merriam-Webster defines it as "the ability to create; the quality of being creative." But as you know, creativity comes in many forms. For example, did you always know that you wanted to be a writer? That you had the...

Writers: What are your short-term and long-term goals?

Hello Ebi! Hello Fam! As you know, writing is a process. It doesn't matter if it's an article, essay, short story, or novel, you're dedicating a certain amount of time to your craft. But writing is also deadline intensive. Either you put yourself on a self-imposed...

I’m Embarrassed to Say… I’ve Never Been to a Writers Conference

Hello Ebi! Hello Fam! One of the most important things you can do as a writer is to attend a writers conference. It is the perfect opportunity to connect with publishers, literary agents, editors, and other creatives who write in your genre. You'll attend seminars on...

Writers: Happy Belated Dads Day!

Hello Ebi! Hello Fam! This past Sunday was Father's Day, and though Corona has restricted our movements, it didn't mean that we could not show our love to our dads by doing BBQs, calling him if he's far away or exchanging gifts. My oldest son gave my hubby a big...

#BlackLivesMatter, Adults and Books

Hello Ebi! Hello Fam! As the #BlackLivesMatter protests continue throughout the country and beyond, some of you may not be knowledgeable of the movement or its origins. In response to George Zimmerman's acquittal for the death of teenager Trayvon Martin in 2012, #BLM...

#BLM, Books, and Children

Hello Ebi! Hello Fam! We were just starting to create some semblance of normalcy (whatever that is ) in regards to the Corona pandemic, and now we are in the midst of an epidemic that targets and, in many cases, kill black males and females in our country. As a...

Writers: Where Do You Go to Find Inspiration?

Hello Ebi! Hello Fam! More than ever, in the age of Corona, it's important to find things that inspire you and your writing. But since we are restricted from going out (for a good reason), where can you go, or what can you do to bring positive energy and fresh...

Writers: When is it time to kill off a character?

Hello Ebi! Hello Fam! You are working on the umpteenth version of your novel. For the most part, the story is flowing well, except you are struggling with what you should do with a particular character. Does this individual still have a purpose? Is he/she a villain...

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