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...

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...