September Writing Goals | 2020

I can't believe it's almost September y'all! I hope you are all doing well and staying safe as we transition into fall. In today's post, I want to revisit my goals for August as well as introduce y’all to my September writing goals. Rereading and Outlining Project BAN Rereading Project BAN was a humbling experience. I know that having a crappy first draft is a part of the writing process, but...

Save the Cat Writes a Novel | Book Review

Throughout the online #writingcommunity and AuthorTube, a book I constantly see getting praised is Jessica Brody’s Save the Cat! Writes a Novel. Its ominous, yet intriguing subtitle is: “The Last Book on Novel-Writing You’ll Ever Need.” A book that talks that much smack out the gate is a book I gotta get my hands on. I had many questions, including: Why does the title of this book "Save...

#NiaDiaries Vol. 8: My Toxic Relationship With Hip Hop

Recently, I have become more intentional about the content I consume. I only have time and energy for content that makes me feel good. For example, I’ve been listening to a lot of podcasts and tons of jazz music. As I consume new content, I’ve been letting go of others. For example, I’ve been listening to less and less hip hop. Hip hop is a music genre I used to love unconditionally,...

4 Ways I’m Continuing My Self Care Journey

In a recent Nia Diaries post, I mentioned that I wanted to practice more self-compassion.  As the first step on that journey, I have compiled four different ways I’m going to continue my self care journey. With each activity, I hope I can take better care of myself inside and out. 1. Journaling There is a special kind of magic that happens when you let out all of your emotions into the pages...

First Draft Problems | Everything Wrong With My First Draft

In late July, after I finished my Camp NaNo project Project Dewey, I began to edit Project BAN. The first step of my editing process was rereading the entire novel and making notes on it. I finished the reread in about twelve days and made a scene by scene synopsis of my first draft. As expected, there are a lot of first draft problems I will need to work through. A LOT.  1. The Main...