1. What is your first memory of writing for fun?

My first writing memory for fun was actually in response to an assignment in kindergarten. I wrote a book called Shirley’s Blocks, titled after my Aunt Shirley, about a girl who really wanted a particular set of blocks, but was unable to have them. I remember creating the illustrations and dictating the story to my teacher (writing the whole story was a little too advance at five years old). I loved creating that book and it stuck with me throughout my life. My teacher submitted the book to a nationwide contest and I won a gold medal.

  1. How many drafts = done?

Well…generally, its about two to three, however a first draft can take me years because I edit as I write. So, but the time I am done with a first draft, the piece is pretty much complete. But this is for stories and essays. Check back in with me when I start something longer. I think that will be a different process entirely.

  1. What is your favorite book or favorite book-of-the-moment?

I don’t know if I have a favorite book, so my favorite book-of-the-moment would be An American Marriage by Tayari Jones. I absolutely loved that book.

  1. What is it about your discipline that gets you the most excited?

Figuring out how to say what I see in my head. And then, figuring out how to say it in a way that no one else has said before. Its challenging, but when you get it right, it feels so good.

  1. What’s your favorite word or words? What about it/them appeals to you?

A friend of mine pointed out that I use the word “slick” a lot. I think subconsciously, it’s a favorite word of mine. I’ve used it in pretty much everything I’ve written without even realizing it.

Bonus question: Why is a raven like a writing desk?  

I hear “raven” and I automatically think Baltimore Ravens. The Baltimore Ravens are like a writing desk because I am not fan of either one of them. The NFL is trash (yeah, I said it!).


Slick is an excellent word, and you are an excellent writer, Tyrese.

Come out to Writers & Words in a few weeks, August 14th at 7pm at Charmington’s Cafe to hear Tyrese and the rest of our awesome lineup! Click here to see the facebook event!


Tyrese Coleman


Writer of the forthcoming collection, How to Sit, from Mason Jar Press.

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