I understood the blank stares and raw anguish when I asked those students about their homes.
It felt like being on a ledge, with vast emptiness below my feet. I wasn't writing—but I wasn't not writing.
I just knew that, as a black woman, if I wanted to write, I needed some credentials.
There are no hard-and-fast rules about the ethics of spoilers, only the social consequences of being judged as uncouth.
You can’t assume that teenagers are interested in what you have to say—it’s your job to pull them in by intriguing and delighting them.
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