Naive, foolish, maybe even a little crazy. Does that sound like us? Maybe a little. But there are so many other amazing things that we are up to. Some of us are working a hard job that pays, well, decent. Some of us are working towards a degree, to well, hopefully land another job. Some of us are doing both. And let me be frank, that is really hard. Give us some more credit.
Now there are the few gems in the crowd who are up to something big. Like say, starting their own company. Haha, sound familiar?
Yeah you caught me, I am one of those gems. The whole point I am trying to highlight here is that people in their twenties are doing amazing things. We are busting our butts to be the best.
Most of the time, especially from the people close to me, I hear things like, “you don’t know anything.” And it is very damaging for a young person to receive messages like this.
People please, watch what you say to our young people; you may just be talking to the next Michelle Obama.
-Ayanna Bates| Author | Blogger | Poet | Spoken Word Artist
“Some days you feel on top of the world, other days you feel small and ignored. But recovery is always there for you, it never stops being there for you. Whereas mental illness tries everything to tear you down; recovery tries everything to lift you up.” -Ayanna Bates, The Recovery Process
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My name is Ayanna Bates. I am 19 years old and I have published my first book. What?! How exciting right?!
I published a collection of poems, around 90 or so; and it took me about a year to write and gather these poems. The book, An Old Teen, is pretty successful at this point and I am proud of it. Now is the time for a new challenge; my first novel. Que the scary music.
As a young author who is full of ideas and countless stories, the concept of writing an entire novel is pretty alarming. Poetry for me is short and sweet. A novel seems long and daunting. What can I say, writing a poem comes naturally to me. Writing a novel seems like it will take years. And in reality, it can. Though, I am so eager to get my work out there.
In my life time, I have written at least 7 unfinished novels. It is completely frustrating. I have the beginning of the book, how I want it to end, but I am missing the huge chunk in the middle. They say to outline your book but I am the type of writer who sits down and goes at the seat of their pants. That’s just me, who else is a pantser?
So if you’re like me, maybe noveling does not come as easily to you as you would hope. Maybe writer’s block is a common theme or you are constantly stuck at a page or editing that paragraph.
Here are a few tips for my pantsers out there pulled from a panster and writer, Joan C. Curtis:
- Listen to your characters
- Allow new characters to emerge even if it happens on your very last page
- When in the middle of a scene, go deep inside yourself to create what might happen
- Don’t worry about editing from the beginning
I think these are some awesome tips. Especially for a young author such as myself trying to delve into the world of noveling.
I will always be a poet but I am excited to attempt my first fictional novel and to succeed at that.
-By Ayanna Bates: Author, writer, blogger, motivational speaker from NY
“A day dreamer; optimistic, strong minded, and stubborn…”-Ayanna Bates, An Old Teen
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What is that unearthly tune which calls yonder to ye?
A faint melody of luscious tones?
Spiked thorns upon Spring’s rose?
Love, is it thee?
It fills the hollow with scented blooms
Brings blood red hues in May
Tis the reason the sun sets crimson
Why the hounds stay at bay
Happy Valentine’s Day