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Join Blessed Bonds’ Mini-Musaharatis this Ramadan!

Join Blessed Bonds’ Mini-Musaharatis this Ramadan!

In Daybreak’s first picture book, Drummer Girl, little Najma dreams of becoming the drummer who wakes her neighborhood for suhoorl during Ramadan – the musaharati. The position has never been held by a girl, but with her father’s support, Najma is able to serve her neighbors by carrying on this beautiful tradition.   When Blessed […]

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How to Give an Engaging Presentation – By Tayyaba Syed

How to Give an Engaging Presentation By Tayyaba Syed Public-speaking can be a scary thing. I know it is for me. I went into writing thinking that I could hide behind my words and not really have to show my face or speak in front of audiences. It’s much easier to not have to see […]

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Words of Wonder and Wonderful Words: Poetry as Muse

The best way to learn a language is to move where people speak it. The best way to learn to swim is to jump in and get wet. And the best way to get your wordsmithing on is to immerse yourself in poetry.   Poetry is a special kind of reading – it’s words on […]

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Vlog: Simple Writing Formula

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Talk Amongst Yourselves: How Writing Conferences Can Keep You Going

Let’s face it: writing is a lonely business. Some writers thrive on that solitude, soaking up the silence, communing with nature, or staying up all night while the muse is playful and sleeping all morning. Other writers experience that solitude as an energy slump – a necessary part of the craft but only necessary enough […]

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Vlog: Give Your Characters Some Character

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Write Together: The Blessing of a Writing Buddy

Write Together: The Blessing of a Writing Buddy When I first started writing, I had a secret weapon. I had a friend who had self published her very own novel. It was 2002, and we had just endured the first “after” year of the divide known as 9/11. Her novel was a year in the […]

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Using the Five Senses

A talented writer is able to grab the hand of a reader and walk her through the pages of the book with ease and effectiveness. The words should fly off the page and penetrate the heart and mind of the reader. How do you create such an intimate relationship between the author and her reader? […]

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Vlog: Setting the Foundation and Outlining Chapters

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How to Bring Out the Writer in YOU

So you want to be a writer? Well, guess what! You already are! Yes, that’s right! Each of you is already a writer! How so, you ask? Writing is not something you are born knowing how to do. It’s something you grow into over time — with lots of practice. I truly believe that writing […]

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