In celebration of Black History Month, here is a collection of writing advice from some notable African American writers. The list includes great advice from Maya Angelou, James Baldwin, Octavia Butler, Toni Morrison, ZZ Packer, and Alice Walker.
These writers come from varied backgrounds and focus on different forms, but they have a common theme in their advice for writers: write.
Though that advice might be straight forward, most of these writers have acknowledged that writing isn’t easy. In an interview with “The Paris Review” James Baldwin was asked, “Is there a big shifting of gears between writing fiction and writing nonfiction?” His response was candid: “Shifting gears, you ask. Every form is difficult, no one is easier than another. They all kick your ass. None of it comes easy.”
Readers are thankful that James Baldwin and many other black writers persevered through the difficult process of writing. Click through the list to read writing advice from a group of celebrated black authors.