I started this blog, Love, Nia Simone, a month after I graduated college in 2017. I had been blogging on and off since high school, but this was my first venture out into blogging on my own self-hosted website. To celebrate my three-year blogging anniversary, I did a lil’ writer’s tag to help y’all learn a little bit more about me.
Three years later, we still here boo!
In three years’ time, I’ve created over 120 blog posts. Here’s my first post if you’d like to check it out: a review of Chris Brown and Ray J’s collaborative mixtape: Burn My Name.
But, as I strolled down memory lane, I realized that I have never done an introductory post. EVER. I figured, why not answer some tag questions? The kids love that…right?
I personally saw this writer’s tag on Inkblots and IceBergs. Be sure to check them out! The tag questions, accompanied by my answers, are below.
1. What type of writing do you do?
I have scattered experience in a TON of different kinds of writing. In my writing repertoire, I have done website content, articles, essays, nonfiction, fiction, fanfiction, poetry, and songs.
At this very moment, I’m focusing on progressing my career as a pop culture/lifestyle writer for online publications as well as authoring fiction novels.
2. What genres and/or topics do you write about?
In nonfiction, I often write about pop culture (TV, movies, video games, books, celebrity culture, etc.) But, I love writing about a ton of topics including travel, food, self-care, mental health, productivity, and the ups and downs of being a writer.
Fiction-wise, I’m still trying to figure that out. But, my main characters are always Black people.
3. How long have you been writing?
The earliest I can remember writing for fun is 6th or 7th grade. I’ve been writing for over a decade, y’all. This is what I was boppin’ to at that time:
4. Are you published?
Nonfiction-wise, yes! Here’s the link to my portfolio if you would like to read some of my favorite nonfiction pieces. As for fiction, that’ll come soon enough. 🙂
5. What was the first story you ever wrote?
The first story I remember writing was on Breeding5.com (a B5 fan forum site) called Life of a B5 Backup Dancer. This had to be 2007 to 2008. As eloquently described by the title, the story was told from the perspective of a backup dancer for the ex-Bad Boy boy band B5 who falls in love with Bryan, the youngest (and my favorite).
6. Why do you write?
My inner monologue is constantly rambling. If I didn’t get the words out I’d probably explode. Also…it’s fun!
7. How do you find time to write?
I make writing a priority. I have already gone through the awkward transitional period of making writing a daily habit. Usually, I can’t end the day without writing something. Whether it’s good or not, is future Nia’s problem. The fact that it exists puts me ahead of the pack.
8. When and where are the best times to write?
I’m most productive in the morning (7 am – 11 am) at my kitchen table.
9. Favorite food/drinks while writing?
I love having a hot and cold drink at the same time. It’s usually an ice-cold cup of water with a hot cup of green tea. Exquisite.
I usually don’t eat while I write. Since snacking is so important to me, I’ll use a work break to fully enjoy a snack. It could be anything from Chester’s Hot Fries to an apple and peanut butter, depending on the vibe.
10. Your writing playlist?
It depends on what I’m writing and my overall mood. I expounded upon my writing playlist in a previous post, check it out here.
Here’s a little sneak peek:
11. What do family/friends/loved ones think of your writing?
They’ve always supported me, which I adore.
12. Parts of writing you enjoy the most?
- When the words flow naturally from the brain to the Google doc
- Having a random “Aha!” moment (I usually have mine during my daily walks)
13. Parts of writing you find challenging?
- Unsuccessful brainstorming
- Fear of rejection
- Inviting other people to read it
- Big imposter syndrome energy
14. What do you write with and on?
Ever since I lost access to a free version of Microsoft Word when I graduated from college, I’ve been a big Google Doc-er. I also love writing in pen (black or blue) in my notebook.
15. How do you overcome writer’s block?
I don’t have writer’s block. I’m so serious y’all. Learn about how in a previous blog post.
16. How do you motivate yourself to write?
I’m either motivated by a deadline, a check, a snack, or a The Office-break. Each works equally as efficiently.
17. Writers who inspire you?
Maya Angelou, Terry McMillan, Issa Rae, James Baldwin, Roxane Gay, Toni Morrison, Lena Waithe, Jordan Peele, and Shonda Rhimes.
18. Books that inspire you as a writer?
I absolutely love Austin Kleon’s book series. I read Steal Like An Artist and Show Your Work recently; I’m planning on copping Keep Going in the future. If you’re a creative, you HAVE to read his stuff. It’ll change your perspective on your craft.
19. Best advice you’ve gotten as a writer?
Don’t call yourself an aspiring writer. If you write, you’re a writer.
20. Writing goals this year?
- Move Project BAN into its third draft before the end of the year
- Pitch more editors for freelance work
- Write the first draft of my Camp Nano project Project Dewey (I’ll tell y’all more about it in a future post!)
- Document the process of writing more often (a la Austin Kleon’s Show Your Work)
This writer’s tag was so much fun to fill out. I love taking a walk down memory lane. If you’re a writer, answer the questions, and be sure to tag me in your writer’s tag!