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Staying Safe as we Fight Coronavirus

Everyone wants to know what the can do to keep safe in light of the present coronavirus outbreak. The main emphasis is on hand washing which everyone must do frequently. However in addition to hand washing I would suggest if you have to venture out into the public, on returning home you should wash your face as well and use a rag to clean your nostrils. This may sound a little extreme but remember the portal of entry for the virus is through the eyes, nose and mouth so it would make sense to pay attention to those areas too. Keep safe everyone.

Corona Virus

As more and more people become infected with corona virus it is important to take every necessary measure to stay safe. One should note that wearing a face mask is not enough to prevent the spread of the virus so do not become complacent. Practice hand washing and use hand sanitizer if hand washing is not possible.

Most people spend a lot of time on there phones so it is important that you sanitize those phones as well. Avoid touching public surfaces where necessary. Educate yourself on the symptoms of corona. We all have to do our part to keep safe.

Be Open to Critique

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As a writer have to develop a thick skin and be open to criticism. If you are a great writer people will love your book. However you have to accept that not everyone will love what you write. Some readers can be harsh with their reviews, so you must be prepared for this. Critique is not always bad because it may help you to be a better writer. Good luck and happy writing.

Strong Black Woman

As Black History Month draws to a close I would like to pay tribute to all women of color. I wrote the poems some years back and I want to share it with you. To every black woman who has gone through life believing she is not good enough; just know that you are enough!

Strong Black Woman

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But she proved them all wrong.

Poor, bare foot country girl

Wanting to be doctor?

“Must be crazy,” they told her.

But she knew she was sane,

A doctor she wanted to be,

And for that goal she did aim.

 

They looked in awe and wonder,

Said she made them proud.

Yet they didn’t think her good enough,

For they told her she couldn’t have him,

Asked if she had lost her mind,

Doctor or not he wouldn’t marry her,

Her family was too poor,

And she was just too black.

 

She pitied their ignorance,

Felt ashamed for their own

lack of self-esteem.

She knew what she wanted

She knew together they would make a good team.

So she married him,

and stupid people that they were,

They wondered did he really love her or did she cast a spell?

 

Still enslaved by mental slavery,

They find it hard to understand,

That it is not the color of your skin,

Or the family you are from,

That defines you as a man or a woman.

 

 

Seeking Beta Readers

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I am seeking Beta Readers for my WIP. It is going through the second round of edits. The story is an emotional roller coaster of a young woman’s journey, trying to find herself. Below is a blurb.
     Reeling from the rejection of her father and later the death of her mother, Amelia Carr flees home to escape a complicated relationship with her stepfather. Enticed by the glamorous life of her cousin Charlotte, Amelia finds herself drawn into a world of men and sex. Trapped in a hotel room one day, with an angry wife threatening to kill her, Amelia must face reality. She is determined to leave the past behind and embark on a different path. Amelia becomes a nurse, and she has found the love of her life, a dashing young doctor who adores her. However, Chad knows nothing about her secret past, and she is scared she will lose him if he finds out. Can Amelia find lasting happiness or will the past come back to haunt her.

The importance of Grammar in Writing

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Good grammar is the foundation of any written work, whether it is a book, an essay, a newspaper article, poetry… and the list goes on. Grammar helps the reader to understand what you are trying to say. It is is important to ensure of effective communication. Improper grammar can throw the reader off.

It is important to pay attention to the sentence structure. Your subject and verb should match. Pay attention to your commas, a misplaced comma can change the entire meaning of a sentence. Look at these two sentences for example: “Jane, said Tommy, is smart” and “Jane said Tommy is smart.” The use of the comma determines who is smart. Good luck and happy writing.

 

Your Story is What Holds the Readers Attention

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You might have a great book cover. You may have written a good blurb. But it is the story that makes the reader want to keep turning the pages. Readers love a story that is believable. They love a story they can relate. It is therefore important to write a story that will resonate with your readers. Good luck and happy writing.

Proofread your Book

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Proofreading is the last aspect of the writing process before your book gets in the hands of readers. Proofing is necessary no matter what you intend to publish. It is a painstaking process where the text is scrutinized to find errors. Every aspect of the book must undergo this process. This include the cover. No matter how great your story is, your readers will get turned off if your book is riddled with errors. It is always a good idea to have someone proofread your book. A pair of fresh eyes will often catch the errors you missed. Good luck and happy writing.

Write a Good Blurb

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Perhaps you have written a great book, but like me you struggle with writing a good blurb that will catch the eyes of readers. This is something that you have to work on. Some people believe the focus should be on the cover and while the cover can draw the attention of readers, it is the blurb that usually gets my attention and help me decide whether I want to read the book. Practice writing a good blurb. Good luck and happy writing.

Don’t Give up on Your Dreams

It is never too late and you are never too old to see your dreams come true. Many people had dreams growing up but life got in the way of it. Some had to put their dreams on hold because they felt their families needed them more. Maybe you are one of those people. You have raised your children and you are proud of the way they turned out but now it is time to focus on you.

What was it you loved but you put on hold. Go after it now pursue that dream. It is not too late and you are bot too old. Do you, take that chance. Live your life without regrets wondering what if.  Find the courage to pursue that dream today.