Hello! My name is Deliah Lawrence and I'm an author, blogger, and workshop facilitator. Welcome to my blog. This is a place where I write about my musings, my interests, my writing journey, my love of books, movies, and all things creative. So stick around, I’m sure there’ll be something you could get into!
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Nine Manuscript Editing Software Programs to Consider
Some people like to write and edit using a pen and paper while others enjoy the ease of using the computer. If you belong in the latter
group, then this article comparing nine manuscripts editing software programs
is right up your alley. Some of the versions are free and if you give a
donation, you will get some added benefits. Good Stuff! Check it out!
18, 2018 marked 10 wonderful years with my writers’ critique group members (L.
Trovillion, M. Paris and S. Yanguas) aka “The Talented Scribes.” We celebrated by having dinner at a nice
restaurant and reminisced about how we started and how far we have grown as
we write in different genres of fiction (e.g. romantic suspense, young adult, chick
lit) and non-fiction, we have garnered collective strength through our love of
writing. We support and cheer each other on throughout the highs and lows of
our writing while still having fun. So,
when I recently taught the workshop “Why Joining a Writing Group Makes You a
Star!” at the Black Authors and Readers Rock Weekend in Oxon Hill, MD (September
14 – 15, 2018), I didn’t have to look too far for inspiration. Here
are the 7 reasons I shared with the audience why joining a writing group makes
you a star: 1.Motivation a.As
writers we tend to want to stay in our comfort zone until we get motivated to
see that magic happe…
Author’s Bio: Victoria Kennedy
is a fiction writer whose stories range from fun and romantic to insightful
explorations of cultural and societal challenges. Sometimes all these elements
are combined to create stories of Black love and woe. Victoria’s work is
included in The Dating Game anthology
and the self-published collection, Where
Love Goes, which includes “The Uninvited Guest,” adapted into an eponymous
is the founder of Zora’s Den, a writing group for Black women writers that
entails a closed Facebook group, a series of writing workshops, and a monthly
reading series based in Baltimore. Her debut novel, Sometimes Love was published by Brown Girls Books in August 2017.
Her next novel, Don’t Walk Away, will
be released in February 2019. DL: What inspired you to write your book?VK: Insomnia inspired me to
write my first book. I don’t sleep very much and I fill those sleepless hours
with all things creative – from writing, to playing music, or reading.
A few months ago, Brenda
Bunting (Washington, DC poet and author friend of mine) told me that her cousin,
Emma Lou Black (founder of the Heritage Book Club in Lexington, Kentucky)
planned on reading my book, Gotta Let It
Go, for the club’s August meeting. Emma Lou asked whether I would be
interested in doing a Facebook live meeting or coming to Kentucky.
Since I’d never been to
Kentucky, I said “What the heck? Let’s do this road trip.” So, on Friday,
August 17, 2018 Brenda and I embarked on the trip to Kentucky. It was a nice
ride with the exception of areas of road work and a brief thunderstorm. Anyway,
when we arrived later that night, I was too thrilled to meet Emma Lou. We
stayed up until 2 am talking, drinking and laughing. In the morning, the
excitement was building for the book club meeting scheduled for 6 pm that evening.
The kitchen was hopping with Emma Lou preparing a feast with an expansive and mouth-watering
menu of beef brisket, fried chicken, mac-n-cheese, collard greens…