I’m the first to say you can find talent in all places but I was shocked to find it flowing from My own womb. I entered My son into this poetry writing/spoken word program for the summer with the Maya Baraka Institute directed and ran by various National poetry slam winners and contestants. The program is for youths age 13-20 and focuses on spoken word and the creative arts with an afro-centric flair.
We were invited to their first performance last week which was in the format of an open mic which was also open to the public sponsored by the Maya Baraka program along with Dew More Baltimore. The open mic was hosted by the youths of the program and many of them blessed us with their talents from singing, to poetry and rapping. I recorded quite a few of the performances but no where near all of them nor did I capture what I think were some of the best performances.
Hopefully you will enjoy a peek into what you missed. These talented teens and young adults blew Me away.
I have a few more videos from the event and will be continuing to upload them to youtube at http://www.tinyurl.com/sapphiresyoutube.com
So it’s no big secret that I love to write, I’ve been writing longer than I remember, blogging for almost 8 years and writing for publications for two years now. I love that My pen gives Me a way to express all the things tumbling around in My head and I never get enough of the fact that people actually enjoy reading it,
It all started with notebook after notebook full of journals, poetry and half finished stories I’ve started. Up until 2008 or so I had never even finished one of the stories or books I’d started. A short story for My website gained Me a little popularity and caused Me to write more to appease the few who requested it.
The next thing you know I took a chance and asked a guy starting a brand new magazine if I could write an erotic story for it and he said sure. My first story published in print was “Facebook Fun” in 86 Blvd and since then I have written for each of the subsequent 10 issues and was recently given the honor of interviewing cover model Nyomi Banxxx for them.
My regular byline in 86 Blvd was the springboard for Me contacting other urban magazines and asking for a chance to write for them. To date My writing has been featured in 27 issues of print publications and that includes My monthly column in BADD Magazine. I get a thrill every time a new magazine or website approaches Me to write for them but it also made Me realize it was time to work on My own project as well. I mean I love creating content for others but we all know its much better to be on the receiving end of the residual income.
Yesterday morning I got my lazy butt to the computer and said it’s time. Honestly, I’m now a month behind the deadline I scheduled last year. My first compilation of erotic stories were supposed to be ready by Valentine’s Day but I took a month to rest. I went through My stories and picked the first twelve I’d like to publish in a book of short stories. I started formatting but it was getting overwhelming so I took a break. Tomorrow I will be right back at it
During this time while I’m focusing on My writing I’ve been checking out all types of websites, writing groups etc that can benefit ANY writer, not just a writer of erotic stories. I’ve found some great articles and websites. One of the websites I’ve fallen in love with is Writers Life. I won’t bog this blog post down with links but I’ve linked some of the most recent articles I’ve read as well as a *FREE writers toolkit below.
I will be sure to add this site to the resource area for writers I have here on this site at https://sapphirespotlightontalent.com/resource-guide/resources-for-poets-writers/
Do you have a true life inspirational story to share? Your original true life stories can get you the opportunity to be published in one of the upcoming “Chicken Soup For The Soul” books. The story has to be 100% true and MUST be inspirational. Writers who stories that are published will be compensated $200. To date, the Chicken Soup For The Soul franchise has sold over 500 MILLION books, don’t miss the opportunity to have your work featured in one.
If they publish your story or poem, you will be paid $200 ($100 for devotionals) one month after publication of the book and you will receive ten free copies of the book your story or poem appears in. You will also become part of the Chicken Soup for the Soul family, you will receive exclusive contributors’ communique and you will be entitled to buy cases of books at a discount.
A few of the guidelines for submissions are
Guidelines for a Chicken Soup for the Soul story
1. Tell an exciting, heartwarming or funny story about something that has happened to you or someone you know. Your story should be written in the first person and should be about yourself or someone close to you.
2. Tell your story in a way that will make the reader cry, laugh, get goose bumps or say “Wow!”
3. The story should start “in the action” and draw in the reader. Do not start your story with an introduction about what you are going to say, or end with a concluding paragraph about what you just said.
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5. Keep your story to 1200 words or less. Tighten, tighten, tighten!
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