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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...

The Best 2000s Video Game Soundtracks

When a great video game has a memorable soundtrack, the music sticks with you like none other. As a life-long gamer, I have fallen in love with many video game soundtracks over the years. Below are three 2000s video game soundtracks I consider the best: 1. Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life Released in 2004, Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life is a farm-simulation role-playing game whose franchise has...

#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...

Bleaker House by Nell Stevens | Book Review

Bleaker House, written by Nell Stevens, is about a writer who wins a fellowship to research and write a book anywhere in the world, all-expenses-paid. She chooses to spend her fellowship in one of the most desolate parts of the world: Bleaker Island, a snowy penguin-filled island off the coast of Argentina. As a writer who is currently working on a book while social distancing, I felt like this...

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...