My Debut Novel is NOT TRASH: From Quitting to Winning

This post is another long one, but its a fundamental story in my journey as a writer. A stepping stone to getting published and one day being successful. So I hope you’ll stick around and hear me out. To begin with, my debut novel took eight years in the making, eight years from conception to…

Genesis: The Roots of a Writer

A. E. here. This one is kind of long but I hope you enjoy and come along with me as I go over my roots and rediscover myself (and yourself.) When did you first declare “I am a ..(insert here)” I am a writer, a poet, a musician, a carpenter, a child of God, whatever…

Secrets to Success: Two Simple Steps

I have a question to propose. Why is someone who is twenty-four more successful, making more money, and having a better life, than someone who is fifty-four? Putting aside factors like race, opportunities, socioeconomic status, what else? Why are you not Oprah or Shonda Rhimes? Why are you not Tyler Perry or Denzel Washington? We…

On Story Ideas: The “What If”

Story ideas. One of the main questions writers get asked or they ask themselves is “how do I get a story idea?” Watching different writers in interviews or sitting in the audience at a book signing, they all say something different. Some writers get their ideas from dreams. Others get hit with an idea by…

On Starting: Get the Writing Done

I’ll start with the plainest fact about writing possible. It’ll never get written if you don’t write it. There. Simple and clean and fact. If you don’t write it, no one will. No one else can write the short story or poems or novels that are in your head but you. God won’t reach down…

The World Needs Stories: Why Stories Matter

Stories matter. Stories are as old as time. We’ve been telling stories before we knew how to write, and passed stories down through oral traditions. Telling stories is an innately human tradition, and there’s a reason why in all cultures all over the words humans tell each other stories. We tell stories all the time….