The Write Block Wednesday: February Weekly Writing Prompts

I hope you all enjoyed the hiatus, but The Write Block Wednesdays are back! Instead of giving you one prompt each week, I decided to give you the weekly prompts for the entire month of February! January was unofficially the … Continue reading

Mentoring Quotes to Move You

Oprah Winfrey said it best.
“For everyone of us that succeeds, it’s because there’s somebody there to show you the way out,” she said.
Let’s think about it. Do you remember the first person who pushed you just a little harder? You didn’t want to do it. You kicked. You screamed. Even though, your initial response was the same result. And then, you tried it. You gave that extra leap and everything changed.
That’s what it feels like to have a mentor. You will be pushed. You will be skeptical of the suggestions, but they will move you in the right direction.
January is National Mentoring Month, which is honestly one of my favorite months. I work for a youth development organization. The organization offers many unofficial mentoring opportunities to the youth and people in the community. In commemoration of this month, I compiled a list of ten mentoring quotes to move you.

“If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.”
– Isaac Newton

“In learning you will teach, and in teaching you will learn.”
– Phil Collins

“The mediocre leader tells.  The good leader explains.  The superior leader demonstrates.  The great leader inspires.”
– Gary Patton

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
– Maya Angelou

“What I need is someone who will make me do what I can.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

“If you get, give, if you learn, teach.”
– Maya Angelou

“If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.”
– Booker T. Washington

“You can only mentor somebody if they want to be.”
– Phil Ramone

“What you want in a mentor is someone who truly cares for you and who will look after your interests and not just their own. When you do come across the right person to mentor you, start by showing them that the time they spend with you is worthwhile.”
– Vivek Wadhwa

Are you moved? I hope so. Are you interested in serving as a mentor? I have the solution for you. It’s the 5 Tips to Being a Great Mentor.

The Do’s & Don’ts to Creating a Vision Board

Last week, I hosted a vision board party, and invited a few of my friends. I’ve created vision boards on and off for a few years. Are you familiar with a vision board? Yes, then you are in great shape. … Continue reading

The Write Block Wednesday: December Writing Prompt

Here we are in week two of December! This month’s focus for The Write Block is the holidays. Last week’s prompt was on the winter fondest memory. I will be sharing that with you all later this week. I can’t wait!

Don’t forget the rules for The Write Block Wednesday!

This week’s theme is:

Holiday Dessert

The Write Block will be back in 2016. It’s where a group of writers do what we do best – write! If you are interested in joining the group, please e-mail me at

❤ Starkey

The Write Block Wednesday: December Writing Prompts

Hey ya’ll! We are officially at the last month of 2015. For this month’s The Write Block Wednesday, I wanted to start focusing on a theme. December is considered “the most wonderful time of the year.” This month focus on the holidays.

Are you new to The Write Block and Being Starkey? No worries.

Here are the rules to The Write Block Wednesday:Rules-

This week’s theme is:

Favorite Winter Memory

I will be sharing mine tomorrow on Being Starkey! If you are interested in participating in a face-to-face workshop, please e-mail me at

❤ Starkey

Truth Be Told: I Didn’t Get It Done

There’s no better way to say it – I didn’t get it done! If you’ve been following Being Starkey, then you know that I set out a quest this past month to finish my first novel Daily Navigation during NaNoWriMo or NaBloPoMo.

Before I started the challenge, I shared a few ways to stick with a writing schedule. Here are the ways, and how I managed them:

  • Reduce the amount of time I spend on social media – I stayed consistent.
  • Utilize my weekend for writing – This is where it didn’t work! I should’ve balanced my schedule better because every weekend there was something going on from sorority events, homecoming, and traveling. My weekends were swamped! 
  • Spend less time flipping through the television channels – I scheduled my writing around my television shows, but it’s the holidays and Hallmark channel will distract me. 
  • Keep phone conversations to daily commute to and from work – This is a normal routine. 
  • Exercise regularly with writing prompts – I actually created writing prompts to help me move from each chapter. It really helped. 
  • Develop an accountability partner or group – I joined different writer groups, but I never ASKED for support to help me stay on track.
  • Don’t Quit! – I didn’t quit, but I didn’t get it done. I managed to wrap up Chapter 14 at least, and start Chapter 15.

What have I learned from this experience? Everything we does come with lessons. Unfortunately, at times, our lessons are harder than others.

  • NNNNOOOOO!!!!! One of my main lesson is to learn how to say NO! I’m still learning it, but I feel like I can be everything to everybody. It doesn’t work that way. I have to consider my needs and work on those for me. I over committed myself with most things that aren’t beneficial to me.
  • Be consistent! This is the number rule from most authors and bloggers. It helps you build momentum and good following if you remain consistent in everything that you do.
  • Stick to One! I tried to participate in #NaNoWriMo and #NaBloPoMo at the same time. I will not do that again. Granted, it helped me to exercise my writing when I wasn’t working on the book, but I was trying to challenge myself to accomplish too much in 30 days.
  • Never lose your stuff! When I first started working on my book, I developed an outline using notecards. Bad move. I lost it a few months ago. I knew my end result of my book, but I missed some vital details. It literally slowed me down. This month, I outline the remainder two chapters of my book, which helped me out a lot.
  • Get Creative! Instead of writing, I spent time visualizing what I wanted to accomplish with my book. When I wasn’t writing, I was looking and examining book covers to determine what I wanted for mine. I designed some book cover options for Daily Navigation. I’ll show you all soon. I secured an editor for my book. I managed and accomplished the small things.

So did I get it done – not at all, but I developed some new strategies and know now what to do in order to accomplish my goal. Truth be told, I’m ecstatic because I might not have finished writing the book, but I’ve accomplished so much more. For my friends and supporters, it’s coming very soon.

❤ Starkey