This Novel That I’m Writing…

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(While this post was sponsored by Grammarly, the opinions are my own…I use Grammarly’s plagiarism checker because being sued is not sexy.)

Hello World,

Today as I write this blog post, I am sequestered at home as my beloved A is immobilized due to a snow storm…Yes, that’s right, HOTlanta is not very hot right now…In fact, we are freezing…my space heater is spewing heat behind me so hopefully, I will be warm in a bit…

Anyway, it’s a perfect day to write and think about writing…If you don’t know, I have been working on my first novel…I once heard that “Sex and the City” was a love letter to single women everywhere….And I was single for just about 20 years before marrying a month shy of my 40th birthday last year, I know that single women could use a good, mushy, empathetic, well-written love letter from time to time…So my book is a love letter to all single black women, particularly those of us who call the A our home for better or worse…

Below is a quick synopsis about my novel….

Four friends’ quest for love and marriage in Atlanta, the media proclaimed no-man’s land for black women, threatens to destroy their careers, their reputation, their sanity, and — their friendship.

The book is inspired, in part, by my experiences as a single woman….The summer before my 30th birthday, I embarked on a journey to myself that prepared me to receive romantic love in my life…It was a 10-year journey that was often simultaneously demoralizing and uplifting at the same time…God used all kind of tools to fashion me…some of them included intentional and unintentional mentors, books written decades before I was born, bad-for-me men I found myself attracted to in spite of my values, emotional breakdowns and on and on….The irony of it all is although I would never want to go through all of that again, the collection of those experiences will probably inspire me for the rest of my life…I wonder if 20 years from now, I will have same thoughts about marriage…we shall see…

grammarlyI will admit I am being intentionally vague about this novel that I’m writing, but I feel that writing is like cooking…No need to tell all of the ingredients until it is done…But as I write my book, I will be using Grammarly,an automated online proofreader that finds and explains grammar, spelling and punctuation mistakes in all types of writing. The online tool also “improve[s] word choice with context-optimized vocabulary suggestions” and also helps writers “avoid plagiarism by checking [our] texts against over 8 billion web pages.” I think Grammarly’s plagiarism checker is the best feature so I use Grammarly’s plagiarism checker because being sued is not sexy…And my book is about single women who are sexy…Yes, Christians can be sexy too 🙂 LOL….

Any thoughts?





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8 thoughts on “This Novel That I’m Writing…

  1. Excited to read this love letter, Jackie! I will also have to check out Grammarly. I’ve heard positive things about them.