Writer’s Tag | 3-Year Blogging Anniversary

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...

My Podcast Recommendations (Pop Culture, Writing)

2020 is the year of the podcast -- for me anyway. Whether I’m getting some freelance work done, cleaning around the house, or going on a daily nature walk, I am usually listening to a podcast to occupy my mind. I couldn’t recommend the five podcasts below enough -- check them out!   Pop Culture Podcasts 1. Bodega Boys Bodega Boys · Ep 207: Bae-thoven Bodega Boys is a pop culture...

5 Things I Learned From Finishing My First Draft

Cue Meek Mill’s inspirational rap-anthem Dreams and Nightmares, I finished the first draft of Project BAN! The manuscript ended off at just over 67k words. Let me tell y’all, writing THE END at the end of that ridiculously long Google Doc was such an incredible feeling. *chef’s kiss* After copious Googling of the phrase “what to do after you finish your first draft”, I have taken the...

3 Music Styles That Inspire My Writing

Music is the sidekick I need to tackle any writing adventure. It’s the Tails to my Sonic; the Buzz Lightyear to my Woody. Without it, I would have never known the true satisfaction that comes with writing the words “The End” at the end of a project. As I continue working on the first draft of Project BAN, I turn to many different music styles to get the vibes just right and attack the blank...

Why I Don’t Believe in Writer’s Block

Writers, if we find ourselves billowing in an inspiration drought, we call it “writer’s block”. Like many, I used to run to writer’s block whenever my fingers just couldn’t put another word on the page. But, as a professional writer, I’ve learned that writer’s block doesn’t have room to exist within my business. How a Deadline Slays Writer's Block We’ve all felt it before; that...