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...

NIA’S WRITING HISTORY: Why I Want to Write a Novel

Before I became a journalist, copywriter, and an overall badass wordsmith, I wrote fiction. Like many other writers born into the internet age, I jumped into the crazy world of writing by writing fanfiction. I’ve written countless stories involving my favorite celebrities and inside the worlds of my favorite television shows. Sadly, most of the sites I used to write on are currently defunct. I...

How Meditation Helped Me Handle COVID-19 Stress

Many times throughout the COVID-19 pandemic I have turned into a tangled, matted ball of stress. Some of the many events that I’ve dealt with in the past month include a loss of income, sick family members/friends, social isolation, and acne breakouts that just won’t quit. To combat seemingly never-ending stress, I’ve been practicing meditation. How I Got Put On To Meditation From scrolling...