Writers: We’ve Made it Through

Hello Ebi! Hello Fam! This has been one hell of a year. We’ve had more loss than gain, more sadness than happiness, and yet I think it’s fair to say that we’ve all managed (in different capacities) to endure. As we approach this out of the ordinary holiday season—one...

Writers: Age Is But a Number

Hello Ebi! Hello Fam! Last week I was gifted with a fire drill in my office building. My co-workers and I traversed over twenty-one flights of stairs, and I knew that I would suffer for it later.  My knees were Jello afterward, and for days I was in anguish. My...

Writers: It’s a New Day!

Hello Ebi! Hello Fam! Millions of people in our country and I are still riding the wave of euphoria from Saturday's election results. It was groundbreaking in so many ways—between the record number of votes (in-person and mail-in) and the states that...

Writers: Viva la Democracia!

Hello Ebi! Hello Fam! Viva la Democracia—Long Live Democracy! I came across this term today, and I thought it was so fitting since Election Day is on Tuesday and all that! This past weekend was extra special. My oldest had two significant milestones: He celebrated his...

Writers: Are you PITCHING today?

Hello Ebi! Hello Fam! Today was the #DVpit event on Twitter, and for the first time in, I don't know how long, I put my hat in the ring! For those of you who are not familiar, the term "pitch" has nothing to do with baseball. In this instance, pitching is when you...

Scene: Lovecraft Country

Hello Ebi! Hello Fam! The Cthulhu (Khlûl′-hloo). I've seen t-shirts, memes, masks of all kinds for years regarding this creature. But besides being grossed out by the sight of it, I had no interest in knowing its origins until it was brought to life in the...

A Writer’s Transformation

Hello Ebi! Hello Fam! Fall is now in full swing. We are enjoying brisk walks, visiting pumpkin patches and apple orchards, wearing our favorite cozy sweaters, and dipping that piece of buttered cornbread into a piping hot bowl of chili. We have made it through to the...

Does Music Insight Creativity or Distract from the Process?

Hello Ebi! Hello Fam! Yesterday, I signed into my computer and brought up YouTube on my monitor. The songs I listen to started to play, and I 'vibed' to them as I edited my manuscript. Some people find music distracting while working, but I find...

“Are you a Fraud?” What is Imposter Syndrome?

Hello Ebi! Hello Fam! A few days ago, a woman on Twitter wanted to know if anyone had experienced or was currently dealing with Imposter Syndrome—belief that you're not as good as you thought you were. In this instance, the writer...

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...

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