Three Year Anniversary & My First Ever Love Letter

Hey you. Yes you. We made it! Three years. My longest successful relationship so far. And boy, I can tell you that it’s been an amazing three years. I have to admit that I’ve only just realised how much I love you (yes, you) and I know I should have realised it earlier, right?  Most…

Cheerios: Extract from a Story

I decided to break the news over a bottle of wine; there is no need to be uncivil about these things, after all. Amber, I imagined myself saying, I loved you for twenty two years but I no longer do and I think it would be best for us to go our separate ways. I…

Five Tips for Moving at Your own Pace

I’m 21 years old. It’s an awesome age, a strange age and a paradoxical age in terms of societal expectations. This is because you are seen as simultaneously young and mature. I think this paradoxical approach explains the twenty-something’s dilemma regarding what they should have achieved by now. I bumped into someone I went to…

GUINNESS

–It’s Welsh. — It is? — What is? — It’s Irish. Obviously. — Most people think it’s Irish. The man who’s famous for creating it – — was Irish — was Irish, right but was actually travelling from Wales to Ireland when he [SOUND OF A CAMERA SHUTTER] — Guinness. We’re talking about Guinness? —…

My Favourite Writing Quotes

As I sit here feeling ever so slightly under the weather, I thought it might be nice to inject some positivity/motivation into my surroundings. And fortunately, I can do so from my bed (the joys of the internet) 😉 Here are some of my favourite writing quotes. I hope you find them as encouraging as…

The strangest reading slump ever aka the war on narrative

This is a cry for help. I am having the weirdest (non) reading slump I’ve ever experienced in my life. If you don’t know what a reading slump is, it is basically a phase in life where you no longer feel like reading.  You start a book and can’t seem to finish it. A reading…

8 Tips for Creating Semi-Autobiographical Work

I’m currently working on my latest play, For a Black Girl. It’s a semi-autobiographical, semi-verbatim exploration of the experiences of BAME (predominantly female BAME) citizens in the UK. To use a little less jargon, I used dialogue from situations I’ve encountered in my life and also dialogue collated from discussions with people I have known, to shape…

My (somewhat unconventional) Motivation in Life

I have a number of motivations in life. I’m a Christian and my main motive in life is trying to run the race that is set before me and to do everything according to God’s will. I’m an artist and I’m motivated by life and what I see around me, what I consume. I’m a highly…

UNBOXING MY BOOK

So I want to share this with you guys 🙂 When I was going through the earlier drafts of the novel, one of the most motivating things for me was watching other peoples’ unboxing videos on youtube, thinking, ‘Work at this, Nikki! That’ll be you soon.’ THE DAY HAS COME. I hope you enjoy. Also…

2017 Writing Goals

Happy new year everybody! I hope you’ve had fun making/not making your resolutions. I’m a firm believer in setting goals for myself every year and you know what? I tend to accomplish most if not all of them! (It’s possible! You can do this!) These aren’t ALL my goals (I’m also a firm believer in…