An Interview I Gave

Interview with Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah of African Women’s Development Fund


NS: How did your journey as a writer start?

K.D.Y: I started scribbling on pieces of paper at around age 8 or 9 after my abuse. I think it was a way to deal with the chaos in my head and body. I continued with designing large sheets of drawing paper as magazine and newsletter layouts. At around 15, I began scribbling in the pages of a daily planner. I received my first “real” journal at age 16 and I’ve kept a journal since; I currently have every single one of them (I am 36) in a bin in my mother’s storage unit. Three years ago I was accepted into a Writing residency; that’s when I started calling myself a “real” writer. The journey continues…

 N.S: Do you have any writing rituals?

K.D.Y: I usually just write. I prefer to feel the pen scratching the surface of the paper. What I consider to be more of a ritual actually has to do with my writing tools. I court my journals and my pens…

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  1. Quite impressive. I would really like to read your life’s story. From the little I’ve gathered from reading you here and there, I can tell it’s quite a compelling and life-changing story. I know you’re working on it, but hurry up:-) Great interview, by the way.

  2. […] I love to write long-hand. There’s nothing like the feel of paper gently rubbing the first third of my pinkie as it does a waltz across the page. I have grown more accustomed to writing on the computer because it’s easier to edit especially if it’s for the blog or for a submission. I do still carry my journal around. So often, and more so lately, I have told myself that the only reason Taiye Selassie and Chimamanda have published is because they are more disciplined and that perhaps because I am less so, I won’t ever see the limelight. I sometimes tell myself that I can’t expect much if I’m so lazy. So as you can see the writing process is fraught with a lot of negativity but when I do breakthrough, I can usually put out something sensible and well articulated (for a Black girl ;-)), but the challenge is sitting still long enough to put it all down. One would think I would get frustrated with the spin process, but my stamina is quite outstanding though sometimes detrimental. Eventually though, if I want to continue calling myself a writer I must put some of the spin cycle on the line to dry. You can read more about my process in an interview I gave. […]

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