Begin Again

I am getting excited about writing again like that time, three years ago, when I started this blog and wrote my first blog post. It felt like a liberation. Back then I was too hungry for self-improvement and success to worry about rejection or the intimidation that a blank page often brings. I just wrote….

Every Writer Needs The Gift of Patience

(Sun) 8:10 pm Dear friends, I’m learning to be patient with myself. I’m learning to put my fears aside and take things one step at a time. I’m learning that sometimes the worst critic is the self-critic. He tells us we should be smarter, richer, leaner, more beautiful. He tells us we aren’t strong enough,…

Mingling With Literary Stars: Poems, Drums and Sunshine

11:50am Hello friends, Last week’s poetry event dubbed “A Literary Lunch” was literally a meeting with the stars: wordsmiths, social commentators, creative vessels. All who came had one thing in common — a love for the spoken word.  It was a perfect day made even more special due to friends like the Vances who came…

Life Since We Last Spoke: Event Recap and the Business

                          5:30pm (Fri) So after a long week I’ve finally gotten around to keeping my promise. So here’s a recap of the JCDC Short story reading event and a bit about my new business. The day started off with some abdominal pain, the…

Lifelong Learning, Poetry Publication and a Few Tips

                    8pm (Wed) How is 2015 treating you two weeks in? Things have been good here in Jamaica, especially since I’m participating in another free online course and making the time to write.  On January 2, I joined a free online course called Learning How to…

Learning Patience in the Creative Process

                      2:30pm (Fri) This month has been exhausting and yet I am grateful for the things I have accomplished. I finished my book — the third draft — after years of trying and failing and dreaming and praying and setting goals and forgetting goals and…

Discovering the Joys of Being a Poet

                12:40pm (Fri) Poetry, poetry! I’m in the zone again or at least near it. Thanks to the poetry course I told you about recently, I’ve been writing more poems again. It’s like magic when I’m walking or sitting in a bus and words just start singing in…

A Writer’s Manifesto: Overcoming Fear with Commitments

                  7:30pm (Mon) What do writers fear? For me, it’s the blank page. The longer I stare at its white expressionless face, the more intimidating it seems. I sometimes try to ease my anxiety by succumbing to the lure of distractions — Facebook, Korean YouTube videos, Amazon’s…

How to Get More Creative in Minutes

3:30pm (Fri) When I was about 8 years old, I fancied myself an artist. Though I never learnt how to paint, I often dabbled in pencil/crayon art. But I always felt like my work couldn’t compare to that of Monique Brown, a girl in my class. She could summon people out of her head and…