Shonda Rhimes Lands a Book Deal

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I wanna be this woman when I grow up I swear. She’s such an inspiration to writers and women in general. As if we can’t get enough of her Shonda Rhimes will be relasing a memoir sometime in the year 2015 (yes we will have to wait that long). It will touch on her life as a single mother wanting and creating a successful career in the media. If you don’t know about this brilliant lady she is the first African American woman to create and executive produce a top 10 network series. She’s won plenty of accolades for her career like a Golden Globe, several NAACP Image Awards, Television Producer of the Year from the Producers Guild of America, a Lucy Award for Excellence in Television and a GLAAD Golden Gate award. I am actually excited about this memoir. I normally don’t get down with memoirs and biographies but I’ll check this one out.

Peace and luv!

Posted from none other than your favorite writer’s favorite writer Ms Talia

Don’t Get Rusty at Writing

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It’s easy to make an excuse not to write: my kids are working my nerves, too tired, too many other ish to do, no motivation, not good enough, I could go on but you get the idea.

Contrary to popular believe getting back into writing isn’t necessarily as easy as getting on a bike you haven’t rode in years and feeling like you never took a break. The ideas may not disappear but the technicality of it will. It’s frustrating when you are working on a novel and pause writing for a day, or two, or five then try to hop back up in it and you are not feeling it on any level. How can you prevent that from happening? Here are three suggestions that are the best to prevent a situation like this:

Always write no matter how silly it sounds. This means every day. Even if it’s for 5 minutes while you’re on the toilet, (ay you gotta do what you gotta do!) write. And don’t worry if it doesn’t sound perfect, it’s just a way to keep your juices flowing consistently. You never know what might come out of that crazy mind of yours.

Write when you don’t feel like it. I still have problems with this. Sometimes my kids work my last nerves so I don’t write. I regret it in the morning trust me. That’s a missed opportunity to finish whatever project I’m working on. As difficult as it sounds you need to write through those times. The my man just left me time, the my day was too hectic time, the I have no motivation time. Keep that pen always in your hand. Use my mantra, write the pain away.

Read. Read a lot! Reading keeps you motivated and interested in writing. It also prevents you from getting rusty in your writing. In order to get better in writing read other authors, it can improve your own skills and style. You can’t be a great writer without being a great reader.

Take these 3 suggestions and keep them around your work area so you don’t fall out of your passion. Someone once told me that it takes 21 days to make a habit. If you consistently write for 21 days writing will come as easy as brushing your teeth. Does this help?

Peace and luv!

Posted from none other than your favorite writer’s favorite writer Ms Talia

Why reading the same genre will improve your manuscript

If you’re a writer you are a reader, at least I hope so. How can you be a writer and not be a reader? Even Steven King said that’s impossible. Currently I’m working on two novels at the same time, yeah I said it – 2 novels simultaneously. I’m in grind mode, seriously. Hope you are too. But in the midst of it all I still read. Both novels are thrillers actually the novel I’m editing is a psychological thriller too. So I’m reading thrillers to get a feel for what the elements are; currently The Reaper by Steven Dunne has my attention. Why is it important to read similar genres while writing?
Keeps you motivated. Sometimes I get frustrated and want to stop writing in an unfamiliar genre. But if I’m reading the genre that I’m writing in it gets me excited all over again and words just flow to no end. Use that to fuel you!
Get great ideas! I get ideas even when I’m talking to someone. It doesn’t have to be relevant to what’s been said; my brain just goes. How do you get ideas? Reading can be that portal to your next hot scene or next hot novel. So read, read, and read. If you can read as much as you write do it. Imagine reading in the same genre and getting a great scene stealer for your own novel.
Know the logistics! Don’t copy, that is not what I am saying. There are way too many fan fictioners out there. But instead similar to #1 be inspired and learn from the logistic side of the story: plots, characters, etc. usually thrillers use the same format, and horror and chic lit and so forth and so on. Try to pick it up and blend it in with your style.

Always be willing to learn. Look back at your old writing and compare it to your present work. Is there growth? If not pick up a book and start digesting.

Peace and luv!

Posted from none other than your favorite writer’s favorite writer Ms Talia

Cry Me A River!

The 50 Shades of Grey author and her camp gotten pissed!

A letter was sent to several publishers, agents, etc politely threatening publishers planning on releasing material similar to The 50 Shades of Grey series to not do it otherwise they will sue….oh and because it is not funny.

What the hell?! Really?

Now I may not be the smartest person in the bunch but didn’t this heifa switch up a few names from the Twilight book, rewrite the novel and then post it on some fan fiction site? So she can copy someone’s work but no one publish stories mocking her stuff? Gotta love people who have gotten a whiff of stardom then gets a big head from it!

This time next year she will not be relevant. I’m still waiting on her to write a real novel from an idea she actually thought of. When that happens then she can holla at me writer to writer, not writer to fraud. Go sit down somewhere and read a book.

Peace and luv!

Hard Work Really Does Pay Off

You can’t ever sit and expect things to magically fall into your lap, you need to grind it out until you’ve created the perfect opportunity for youself.

Hustle like there is no plan B. If there is a plan B then you have it in the back if your mind that it will fail eventually.

Since I am a writer who is trying to become your favorite writer’s, favorite writer I get motivated when I hear authors self publish their work then get a major deal with a traditional publisher. Not saying that self publishing is beneath traditional by no means but the fact that a person got a big dawg to notice them instead of vice versa is the business!

Anywhoo….

Author Tammara Webber has been on top of the writing charts for a minute selling well over 150,000 copies. Penguin Books have taken notice. Already they have released an electronic version and will release a paperback one on November 9th.

Easy, the title of the book, bounces between Ya and adult fiction as it focuses on a young girl adjusting to life after being sexually assaulted and finding a new love. People are calling this the new ‘adult’ genre. Boy we love our titles don’t we? Congrats anyway.

Peace and luv!

Hustla of the Week

Miasha Coleman, an urban fiction writer, is not one to wait around on the sidelines for an opportunity to come to her; she has made one for herself. She always knew she was going to be a writer it was just a matter of when.

Raised by parents that were addicted to crack Miasha decided to take an alternative route. She started writing herself out of the hood. When she graduated a writer spoke at her ceremony. When she finished her novel Secret Society ahe reached out to that very writer and asked could they become her mentor. She told her about the business which Miasha had no idea about. Eventually Simon & Schuster came calling in the form of a six figure deal. Fast forward and this sistah has seven novels under her belt along with awards like the Essence bestselling author.

I don’t you personally but sistah you are an inspiration.

Peace and luv!

Open Book Projects Wants You

Only if you’re a writer that is. Open Books have come up with a creative concept to a project. Each week people from all over can put in their submissions of what they feel will be the next episode to their project. The first chapter (or episode) is called Face, your job is to look at video and get to creating. Each new episode will be turned into an ebook and the person/s who has their submission picked will share in the revenues.

It is great when technology and social media is used to connect people from all corners of the world. Hopefully this project will create many fans. Visit http://www.openbookprojects.com to submit.

Peace and luv!