Writing Again

Today I began setting up the outline for my new book. It’s been so long since writing Genevieve I began to get comfortable not writing at all. Besides updating my blog all my thoughts have been in my head. One thing I realized when I began laying out the bits and pieces of what the book will entail. My mind went back to school when I hated brainstorming. I know what you are thinking. Nika how can you write your books without brainstorming first. Well for me I always did things backward. I would start writing some of my chapters or bits of the end of my books and then I would brainstorm. When I wrote Genevieve I just started writing without a real plan in mind. Which is why I am not as proud of that piece as others are. From what I hear people loved reading it. So that makes me happy. The book I am working on now, though it is about pieces of my life. I still want it to have meaning and structure.

My advice to you. If you are getting started with a book and don’t know where to start. Brainstorming is the first thing you need to do. One thing that also helps me is getting a notebook, journal or loose leaf paper to write down tips, chapter changes, plot changes and so on. Honestly, some of you think this is my second book. It’s not. I have been writing my entire life. This will just be the second book I am allowing others to read.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me with any questions or concerns you may have in starting your own book or other pieces of literary work. Happy writing!

~Nika xoxo

Genevieve meet world, world meet Genevieve!

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So much time, effort and insecurity went into writing this book. If you have been following me from the beginning you know how much went into this book. I am proud that I set out a goal and followed through with it. I am so good for starting things and not finishing them. This book right here is always what I have wanted out of life. Becoming a writer, a published author. As I have stated many times before, rather Genevieve does well or rather it fails. My goal was set and accomplished and I am very proud of myself. If you would like to follow my journey check this book out for yourself.


So since this blog is named for me. It features my talents, my children, my family simply my everything. I feel the need to share a fear I have right now. Early this morning around 2:40 am I finished editing my book. Now for those of you who followed my previous blog or who follow my Youtube channels. You know I finished writing my book July 2014 (I started in Feb 2014). Now this book is the first fiction book I’ve written for young adults. Its a short story and soon will lead to a sequel. Do I think it’s good? Well honestly the story line is good I guess I’m not sure if I executed it the way I meant too. I know, negative Nancy! Most writers are. This is the year I told myself to just take a leap on faith and deal with the outcome later.

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Just a back ground on my writing and when I started. I have been writing short short stories, poems and plays at 7-8 years old. It was my way of escaping my painful childhood. However, those stories, plays and poems are locked away in a box. No! I never let anyone read them. Except one which I sent off to a writing contest and it was published in a book. I was like 15 years old.

Anyway, with that being said. I have finished my short fiction novel. For all practical purposes it is ready to be published. I should be happy right? Well when I penned the last sentence, doubts started forming in my mind. I went over the last paragraph like 5 times. Re-writing and re-writing, only to find that the last sentence I wrote I was satisfied with. So send it off to be published you say? I can’t, I just want to lock it away with all the other short stories, poems and plays from my childhood. Case in point I have 4 children’s books that I wrote in 2006-2007 that have yet to be published. In part because of illustration and part due to lack of confidence in myself and my work.

This is my downfall…..