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...

#NiaDiaries Vol. 7: 25th Birthday Self-Reflection

As a kid, I was obsessed with the glow up. I fantasized about that one magical day where I would wake up and be hotter, smarter, more talented, and more confident in a night. It is what I’d like to call: The Manny Santos Effect. Who is Manny Santos?  Manny Santos is a fictional character from one of my favorite childhood television shows: Degrassi: The Next Generation. One of its most...

My August Writing Goals | 2020

My August writing goals center around the resurgence of Project BAN, a novel I began working on during NaNoWriMo 2017. I rediscovered it last May and wrote the majority of Project BAN’s first draft from mid-May to mid-June. After finishing Project BAN’s first draft, I decided I would wait until August-ish to start crafting a second draft. Since August is just around the corner, let's chat...

Camp NaNoWriMo July 2020: What Am I Writing?

For Camp NaNoWriMo July 2020, I thought I was going to take it easy after writing Project BAN and write a novella or maybe some short stories. But, alas, my imagination smacked me in the face with a brand spanking' new idea for a full-length novel: Project Dewey. Project Dewey is a new adult contemporary romance novel. The story is fun, Black AF, and hilarious. Below, you will find the details...