#NiaDiaries No. 9: Brainstorming Story Ideas

Honey, trying to decide an idea for NaNoWriMo is exhausting. After hours of brainstorming, I’ve finally found the idea I’m going to use for NaNoWriMo (hopefully!) Before we get into how that idea came to be, let’s dive into the many brainstorming methods I tried out. It’s time to tackle brainstorming story ideas! The Many Brainstorming Methods I Tried 1. Looking through old ideas I am...

How to Find Work/Life Balance as a Freelancer

I’ve been working as a freelance writer since late 2017. One of the biggest problems that I’ve faced throughout my career is having a healthy work/life balance as a freelancer. Transitioning from having a “boss” for 16 years (public school & college) to being your own boss was awkward for me. It’s a hard realization that you are the only person who’s responsible for getting up...

4 Reasons I’m Quitting Writing My Novel

I’ve decided I'm quitting writing my novel, Project BAN. It almost feels like I’m letting go of a long-term friendship/relationship. I’ve shared my reasoning below to possibly help other writers who may be struggling to let go of writing projects that aren’t serving them anymore. 1. The Premise is 10+ Years Old     The idea for Project BAN stems from a fanfiction I wrote when I was...

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...