Pixar’s Rules of Storytelling were originally tweeted by Emma Coats, Pixar’s Story Artist. You admire a character for trying more than for their successes. You gotta keep in mind what’s interesting to you as an audience, not what’s fun to do as a writer. They can be very different. Trying for a theme is important, but […]
Elementary school me, reading her Highlights magazine, had no idea what that smiling logo would come to mean. In 2021, the Highlights Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to amplifying the voices of storytellers, announced a two-year fellowship in children’s literature for Muslim storytellers. I am so humbled to be one of the fellows chosen. This fellowship, […]
I’ve been sitting on this news for a while. Well, not just sitting. There has been some writing, sketching, and painting, too. My debut picture book comes out in 2023!(Yes, books are acquired by editors way before they are released into the world). With a second book coming out in 2024. Thank you to my […]
I owe a lot to Twitter pitch parties. They helped me understand good hooks, and after participating in #PBPitch in February 2021, they helped me acquire an agent. Thanks to #PbPitch, I received an offer for representation, which turned into multiple offers for representation, which turned into signing with my agent. This is not a […]
One of my goals has been to support changing the narrative about Islam. That’s why I started IslamiMommy. Today, I made another small step toward that goal. Refinery29 published my article about Ramadan! Yes, I’m geeking out.