Celebrating the release of No, I Don’t Have To

Celebrating the release of No, I Don’t Have To

Book Lovers, Empowerment, Inspiration, Writing Tips & Info
The past few days have been filled with such a mixed bag of emotions. I've wanted to be a published author since at least eight years old. And over the years I've written so many pieces that the world hasn't seen (YET.) A few years ago, I published my first blog, and from there started sharing bits and pieces here and there. The people that did read what I posted, sporadically, loved my writing! I was happy and shocked. I mean, I love writing, but it's so personal to me. Whether I'm writing about my life, giving advice, or creating stories like the ones in No, I Don't Have To-my writing exposes me in ways I wasn't entirely secure in sharing-until now. Even now, I don't feel ready, but really…
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My Writing Space

My Writing Space

Blogmas, Writing Tips & Info
Hey! It’s day 3 of Blogmas. Today I’m going to share a little about my writing space. Disclaimer: Any space is technically my writing space. Give me something to write or type on and somewhere to sit, and bam-I’m writing. The space I’m describing today sets the mood for a more intentional and purposeful writing session for me. I call this my mobile office. I’ll have a mobile office until I convert my once hair and nail room. Don’t ask me when that will be, one day, though. I don’t plan to go back to doing hair and nails, but I’m also not ready to get rid of my supplies and equipment. Anyway… For now, I work with my mobile material, and it’s working just fine for me. My mobile…
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Blogmas

Blogmas

Blogmas, Writing Tips & Info
Happy December! Welcome to day 1 of Blogmas! First, I can't believe I agreed to participate in Blogmas this year, especially with everything I have going on this month. But somehow, my fellow sister in writing heyy_friend_ on Instagram convinced me. So, here I am. What is Blogmas?Blogmas is like a calendar countdown for bloggers. From the first of December until Christmas Day, bloggers and vloggers alike, create a post a day. Some focus strictly on Christmas, but there is no strict rule that says you have to concentrate on winter holidays. My Blogmas post will be a mixture of Christmas favorites, my new ebook- No, I Don't Have To, and because it's the end of the decade, a few of my favorite things and memories from 2010-2019. I hope…
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Blogtober Reflections

Blogtober Reflections

Empowerment, Inspiration, Writing Tips & Info
Well, I did it! It’s day thirty-one and I have posted a new blog everyday for the month of October! I’ve never posted thirty-one blogs in a year, so to stay on track and consistent for an entire month is something I’m very proud of! On day one I told you all about my goals for the month of October and I’m happy to announce I’ve accomplished each goal I created for myself. *takes bow* First, let me tell you how proud I am of myself. There were many days this month I wanted to quit. Life got in the way, things didn’t fall into place like I wanted them to, I didn’t always meet deadlineS I set for myself, and I was TIRED. But, I kept pushing. I kept…
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This or That

This or That

Writing Tips & Info
Happy Saturday! Thanks for joining me for day 26 of #Blogtober. Since it’s the weekend I decided on a quick fun post today. Check out my this or that lists below. A little about me A few preferences Book Worm Edition Fashion Edition Food Edition From the lists above, what’s your choice and why? Thanks for checking out Day 26 of #Blogtober.
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My Favorite Writers and Bloggers on Instagram

My Favorite Writers and Bloggers on Instagram

Writing Tips & Info
Happy day 25 of Blogtober! As you know, I love to read and write, so I often read other blogs and websites for inspiration, ideas, and to gain information. Today I'm sharing a list of some of my favorite writers and bloggers to follow on Instagram. Monique D. Mensah- Editor and writer, Monique helps independent authors self-publish their books. She also offers free game via her Instagram page and newsletter. HeyyFriend Blog -This blog is about empowering women and creating a safe space to discuss issues and concerns. Linnea Blogs Her Way is a blogger and writer who writes about her personal experience, encouraging others, reviews, and so much more. She also has a podcast you should check out - Unpacking The Box. Blackwriters is a page where I find…
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The Hardest Thing About Being A Writer

The Hardest Thing About Being A Writer

Writing Tips & Info
Welcome to day 16 of Blogtober.I want to let you in a little more and talk about my writing style and process a little bit. We will get to that. I've shared in past blogs why I write and my inspiration for writing. Let me tell you the hardest thing about writing for me. It's not generating ideas-I literally brainstorm and write or type out every single thing on my mind. I don't worry about spelling, punctuation, or any type of grammar or conventions. I get all of my ideas and thoughts out. I then go back to everything that I have poured out and organize it for all of the above, clarity, consistency-that sort of thing. If I do run into a case of writer's block, I am a…
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My Inspiration For Writing

My Inspiration For Writing

Writing Tips & Info
I've considered myself a writer for at least twenty-eight years now. I've always enjoyed the idea of writing (by hand or typing, either will do just fine.) The inspiration began in school and through my love of reading- read all about it here.   Writing comes naturally to me, but often at the most inopportune times.  I started out being inspired by the type of books and television shows I enjoyed watching- mystery. As a little girl, I thought I would be the woman version of James Patterson (before I knew who James Patterson was.)   As I got older, my style of writing changed. I began to find inspiration in what was going on in more places. I'm inspired by my life, the lives of friends and family, my favorite television…
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Oh How I Love To-Do List

Oh How I Love To-Do List

Writing Tips & Info
To-do list; one of my favorite things to write. So by now you know I’m a writer. I love to write. Everything from novels, short stories, poems, and to-do list. The highest form of and most writing I complete being a to-do list. It is just something about writing something out either in my own handwriting or typed up in a pretty format. If I can write it up, take action, and scratch it off, it’s a high like no other-for-me at least. Especially because in the not so distant past, I was best friends and tied entirely down with the evil known as procrastination. Creating to-do list not only feed my love to write but it “speaks” into existence the things I want to do whether it’s a goal…
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Why I Write

Why I Write

Writing Tips & Info
As I grow as a woman, as a person, I am always reflecting on how to understand and walk in my purpose. Reflecting is how this website; how my blog came to be. Through my constant reflection on what I want to do with my life and what feels right, I am led continuously back to writing. Writing has been a part of me since I could remember. From sitting on Hilton Street learning to write my name, and what seemed like, hundreds of creative writing stories in Ms. Gilmore’s class at Mary E. Rodman Elementary School. My true love for writing developed from my love of reading. Growing up I was a natural scholar and reader. But for the first part of my elementary school career, I didn’t enjoy…
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