Author Archives: nikkimmascali

About nikkimmascali

I am a New York-based editor/writer who has ink for blood. This is my blog about reading, writing and absolutely no 'rithmetic. Read it, won't you?

Bookworm: “Outlander”

I’m a sucker for any type of historical book, and if there’s one that includes someone somehow traveling from modern times back in time, well, you just show me where to sign. I started hearing a lot about Diana Gabaldon’s “Outlander” … Continue reading

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Writers’ Wisdom

“It is better to write a bad first draft than to write no first draft at all.” Will Shetterly NMM

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The Pen Pal Project

Earlier this summer, I got a letter in the mail. It was in a dark, almost foreboding-looking envelope, about the size of a wedding invitation. The handwriting and Pittsburgh address were from my dear friend Tiffany, so I knew there were no … Continue reading

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Writers’ Wisdom

“Most great writers suffer and have no idea how good they are. Most bad writers are very confident.” Mary Karr NMM

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Writers’ Wisdom

“Words are a lens to focus one’s mind.” Ayn Rand NMM

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Writers’ Wisdom

“Writing a story is like crossing a stream, now I’m on this rock, now I’m on this rock.” Ann Beattie NMM

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Writers’ Wisdom

I love this quote, like, a lot. It just is so true for me, too. Writing, for me, is cathartic and exploratory, and I find that I pepper my personal stories with little bits of my personality, parts I only let a … Continue reading

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