11 Quotes For Newbie Writers And a J. Cole Lyric

11 Quotes For Newbie Writers And a J. Cole Lyric

Recently, I participated in the #SassBossLinkUp (founded by Sapphira Martin) a panel about creative leaps and entrepreneurship, which inspired this post about 11 quotes for newbie writers (obvi). All of my fellow panelists and the moderator are pretty badass—one of...
Here’s What I Know About Writing Workshops

Here’s What I Know About Writing Workshops

I’ve dropped some serious coin on writing workshops with schools like the Frederick Douglass Creative Arts Center in Harlem (RIP), Gotham, Mediabistro and The Best Sellers Publishing Course. The last one was more about publishing than writing, but that’s for a later...
Want to Write Better? Listen and Observe

Want to Write Better? Listen and Observe

In January, my dad sent a text saying that Bae and I “were made for each other.” It’s the kinda thing the best man says during his wedding toast.  I could practically hear John Legend in the background singing Made to Love. (It’s the kinda thing a writer learns...
Three Ways to Elevate Your Pitch Game

Three Ways to Elevate Your Pitch Game

I’m not ashamed to admit that I carry copies of my book Famous! How to be the Star of Your Show around in my bag, like a mixtape rapper selling CDs at the gas station. Why? Because I’m always ready for the big pitch. Shout out to rappers who’ve nailed this...
This Is What Nora Ephron Taught Me

This Is What Nora Ephron Taught Me

Sometimes it takes a minute for a documentary to hit me. This was the case with Everything is Copy,  Jacob Bernstein’s tribute to his late mother Nora Ephron. I had watched it weeks ago and it burned slowly in my subconscious. Maybe it had something to do with...
Write For Yourself, Not Your Cousin Peaches

Write For Yourself, Not Your Cousin Peaches

A few weeks ago, I hosted my #BeTheStarOfYourShow Workshop at Mott Hall Bridges Academy in Brooklyn and this question popped up: How do you silence the critics and write for yourself? Side note: This isn’t your Grandma Joyce’s workshop. It’s based on my book Famous!...