BMWK TV: Denene Millner Talks Sparkle & Advice for Aspiring Writers

BMWK TV: Denene Millner Talks Sparkle & Advice for Aspiring Writers



I'm denene millner I am an author a freelance writer and the editor and chief and founder of my brown baby calm most people know me from back in the day when I used to be a political and entertainment reporter for The New York Daily News and more recently people know me for my work as the co-author of the act like a lady think like a man book with Steve Harvey and straight talk no chaser which was the follow-up to that hugely popular book right now my latest effort which is my 20th book is a sparkle and it's the novelization of the movie starring Whitney Houston and her last big screen role and jordin sparks from American Idol when I heard that sparkle was coming it was being remade I was excited because Whitney Houston was a part of it and I'm also a huge Whitney Houston fan and you know of course that grew into a deeper meaning when she passed away and so it's just like who doesn't want to see this movie it's a cult classic and on top of that it's going to be Whitney Houston's last starring role and Jordin Sparks was just adorable so you know I'd watch her enrolled and so the idea of seeing it come to life again was phenomenal it's like I'm gonna have some kind of heart and sparkle you know it's the same way that I felt when I wrote the novelization for dreamgirls I'm going to have a part and something that is you know like a legendary you know just classic cult movie that we all know appreciate and have some kind of you know visceral connection to and here i am with screenplay like you know a couple of weeks later like looking and seeing what does what's gonna be happening this movie and just cannot believe it like oh my god I'm breathing you know the fabulous words of Mara Brock Akil who is just my idol like she there's just other her and shonda rhimes just when I grow up I want to be them it's like that so um you know to know that Mara Brock Akil wrote the screenplay that Whitney was in it I'm Jordin Sparks is in it and that it's an iconic film was just a huge huge win for me the most critical advice that I can give to aspiring writers is to be dedicated be dedicated to the craft you know um I here at least 20 times a day I really want to write a book I want to write a book I have a book in me can you help me write write my book can you write my book you know can you help me write my book and you know out of that 20 you know maybe half a one will put half the effort into doing what it takes to write the book first and foremost is that dedication no matter what you do join the course of the day if your intention is to be a serious writer if your intention is to write a book you have to put ten percent aside a little bit of time every day dedicated to writing there's not a day that goes by that I don't write not one I don't care what's going on during the course of the day how busy I am something is getting written whether it's a blog post whether i'm doing a freelance article whether i'm coming up with ideas for the next book whether you know it's a love letter to my daddy whatever it is i'm writing and you know that that not only keeps me fresh keeps my mind moving it exercises my my ability to get the job done you know Sparkle was written I wrote sparkle in two and a half weeks I won't sparkle in two and a half weeks while we were in the middle of moving from our house to our new place right here in Atlanta while I was doing a freelance article for ebony I did the cover of Ebony magazine for their August issues on Steve Harvey and don't end doing you know raising babies and being a wife to my man and somehow this book got written in two and a half weeks I think it's awesome you know but that doesn't get done not normal and that doesn't get done unless time constantly exercising people don't go to the Olympics athletes don't go to the Olympics without exercising those muscles without practicing their craft and being dedicated to their crack and that's the same thing for me as a writer you don't get to write 20 books if you're not constantly dedicated to that craft and exercising that muscle and being dedicated to it so that's what you know that's the best advice that can give to aspiring young writer is to be dedicated to the craft I encourage you to go out and get Sparkle it comes out on august seven 2012 be at local barnes and noble on your amazon you know at your local bookstore i encourage you to go get it and then I especially encourage you to go and see the movie I know it's phenomenal it comes out august seventeenth you know enjoy it

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