That Time I Met Edwidge Danticat

If you aren’t familiar with the incredibly talented Haitian-American writer, well then let me just take a moment to introduce you to Edwidge Danticat.

She was born near Port-Au-Prince, Haiti in 1969 and was raised by her uncle until age 12 when she joined her parents in Brooklyn, New York. There, she learned English and continued her education. She had begun writing at the age of 9 while still in Haiti. Continue reading “That Time I Met Edwidge Danticat”

Why (and how) You Should “Show” Instead of “Tell” in Your Writing

Here’s the deal: readers do not want writers to tell us how they feel or what a scene looks like. Readers want writers to show us how they feel and what the scene looks like. Lately, I’ve received many review requests from writers that tell more than they show, so I’d like to take this time to explain the difference. Continue reading “Why (and how) You Should “Show” Instead of “Tell” in Your Writing”

Press On, No Matter What

Recently, a family member sent me a text that stated she had come across a book I was published in back in 2002.  I haven’t seen or thought about that book in quite some time, but her text prompted me to go dig it out. I found my publication and reread it for the first time in at least 10 years. At the time of publication, I was just 16 years old. I had written this insightful poem threaded with fancy words and laced with extended metaphor. I found myself in a slight state of shock. How did I come up with this? How in the world did I have so much insight about this subject at 16 years old? 
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