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I will be publishing two of my original essays on elonnicole.com. The first one is titled Love: The Divine Intelligence © and the other Religion: Of God Or Man? © This is the accompanying Introduction to the collection.

"Writing is a process. Sometimes fun, sometimes grueling. Other times a writer just doesn't know what to say. Writers have to contend with writers block, and sometimes you just can't find the words to say. That is where a writers tools come in.

Some tools that help enhance writing are dictionaries, thesauruses and encyclopedias. Reading material written by someone other than yourself is also a helpful tool when writing. Other writers prove to be a muse and can be quite inspiring. Possibly the most important tool when writing is imagination. Whether a children's book or autobiography, the way one tells a story is crucial to the way readers will accept it. Even when writing non-fiction or a textbook one can frame the information in a way that is fresh, exciting and entices the writer.

This semester I have learned the importance of editing. The mind is a computer and it needs time to assess, calculate and reorganize the information with grace and efficiency. This is why revision is so important. Also pacing and timing. Re-drafting takes time, it's a process. It can't be rushed. I have seen myself grow as an editor more than anything.

I like all my essays but the last two are tied for my favorite. They both encompass topics that are important to me as a person; love, spirituality, morality and sexuality. These topics can be sensitive but they must be addressed because they affect people's day to day and quality of life. I have let go of fear of backlash due to my unconventional beliefs, style and delivery. I have found that I am more afraid of the backlash from myself if I do not express my truth. Fredrick Douglass said "I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false, and to incur my own abhorrence." Indeed.

© E.N.H. 2015