Since writing my first book, Enlightenment-Looking Back To Move forward, I have had many people come up to me and say, “I’ve always wanted to write a book, but I don’t know where to start.” I understand their dilemma very well because I felt the same way prior to writing my own book. My thoughts were similar to many of the people who spoke to me about their desire to write. I had no clue where to start. I had several plots for stories that I thought were good rolling around in my head, but I didn’t know how to get these ideas on to paper. The first thing I decided to do was to talk with others who had already accomplished the task I wanted to undertake. Then I started doing research about using a traditional publisher versus self-publishing. Additionally, I proceeded to read other books and information from the computer about writing a book. The next thing I did was to take several on-line classes/webinars geared towards new and budding authors. All of these things were valuable because it helped me to realize that I was not alone in my quest to write a book. A lot of people have pondered over the idea of sharing stories from their lives, but if I could share one piece of advice with someone who is contemplating telling their own story, that advice would be to: “Just get started!!!” Today is the day and now is the time. Procrastination is not your friend. Everyone may not have the ability to write a book or the desire to write a book, but if you have a burning desire to do it; don’t waste another minute thinking about it, just do it.
Since Black Panther there is a new wave of interest in Afrofuturism. Prior to the movie could you imagine the blend of arts, science and technology seen through an AfroCentric len?
Zora Neale Hurston in 1931 wrote about the life of Cudjo Lewis. Lewis was believed to be the last African man alive who had been kidnapped from his village, shackled in the cargo of a ship and forced into slavery in America. Finally, 87 years after Zora Neale Hurston wrote Lewis slave account, the book is being published.