The Anatomy of Story | Review

In preparation for NaNoWriMo, I’m reading writing craft books to help me prepare for the treacherous journey of writing 50,000 words in 30 days. The first one on my list was The Anatomy of Story by John Truby. Now that I’ve finished reading, I’m coming to y’all with a The Anatomy of Story review to let y’all know whether it’s worth your time. Who is John Truby? John Truby is a...

October Writing Goals | 2020

Happy Spooky Season a.k.a The REAL Most Wonderful Time of the Year! Hope y’all are celebrating Halloween as best as y’all can while social distancing. As we step into October, it’s time to recap September’s goals and come up with some brand-spankin’ new October writing goals. Be sure to check out my September goals post if you haven’t already! September Goals Wrap Up Continue Working...

#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...