Nikesha Elise Williams: On the Power of Self-Publishing

A condensed version of this profile appeared in the July/August 2022 issue of Writer’s Digest. Toni Smailagíc Name: Nikesha Elise Williams Books, Genre, Self-Publishing Imprint: Four Women; The Appeal of Ebony Jones; Love Never Fails; Adult; Lessons We Were Never Taught; Beyond Bourbon Street (African-American fiction, women’s fiction, literary fiction, poetry, NEW Reads Publications) Why … Read more

Change of Plans – Writer’s Digest

Photo by Claudio Schwarz on Unsplash I live by my calendar—even though I’ve been spending the last few years training myself to be more spontaneous, to “go with the flow,” I’m still one of those humans who has a really hard time switching up a game plan on the fly. For this week’s prompt, let’s … Read more

Shirlene Obuobi: On Writing From Experience

Shirlene Obuobi is a Ghanaian-American physician, cartoonist, and author who grew up in Chicago, Illinois, Hot Springs, Arkansas, and The Woodlands, Texas. When she’s not in the hospital (and let’s be honest, even when she is in it), she can be found drawing comics for her graphic medicine platform, stories writing on her phone, and … Read more

Sharon Maas: On Books Finding the Right Time

Sharon Maas was born to politically active parents in Georgetown, Guyana, in 1951. She was educated in England, Guyana, and, later, Germany. After leaving school, she worked as a reporter with the Guyana Graphic in Georgetown and later wrote feature articles for the Sunday Chronicle as a staff journalist. Sharon has always had a great … Read more

6 Steps to Becoming a Good Literary Citizen

Long before I had an accepted offer on my book Knocked Down: A High-Risk Memoir, I began thinking about how I could make a positive impact in the literary world. I knew that putting in the effort before I had a published book to promote would help people get to know and trust my work. … Read more

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 614 – Writer’s Digest

For this week’s prompt, let’s write a summer poem. I don’t know what the weather is like in your neck of the woods, but it’s been a scorcher in Georgia. Have fun exploring your version of summer this week. Remember: These prompts are springboards to creativity. Use them to expand your possibilities, not limit them. … Read more

Trend Chaser – Writer’s Digest

Photo by Hello I’m Nik on Unsplash While my TikTok page mostly consists of animal fact videos and silly comedy sketches, there’s no denying that social media trends (especially the musical ones!) can be addicting. They’re also story gold! Just think about that episode of “Abbott Elementary” where the teachers have to band together to … Read more

Ashley M. Coleman: On the Importance of Writing Rituals

Ashley M. Coleman is a freelance writer and music executive from Philadelphia. Working in the music industry for over 10 years, she has also written for Essence, The Cut, Apartment Therapy, and GRAMMY.com, among others. In 2017, she launched a writing community for BIPOC writers entitled Permission to Write. Ashley currently lives in Los Angeles. … Read more