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About nikkimmascali

I am an editor, writer and New Yorker who has ink for blood and the blog name + tattoo to prove it. Also of note: I follow more dogs than people on Instagram. This is my blog about reading, writing and absolutely no 'rithmetic because I am horrendous at math.

Writers’ Wisdom

“You will either write or you will not — and the only way to find out whether you will or not is to try.” Jim Tully NMM

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My 10 Favorite Pee-Wee Herman Quotes

Note: This story originally appeared on TheBlot.com on March 19, 2015. I loved — and I cannot stress this enough — LOVED Pee-Wee Herman when I was a kid. I would mimic his odd, cartoonish voice all the time, so much so … Continue reading

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Writers’ Wisdom

“Exercise the writing muscle every day, even if it is only a letter, notes, a title list, a character sketch, a journal entry. Writers are like dancers, like athletes. Without that exercise, the muscles seize up.” Jane Yolen NMM

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Brooklyn’s Hot Bird pisses off the mommy brigade

Note: This story originally appeared on TheBlot.com on May 22, 2014 Disclaimer No. 1: I am technically not a mother. However, I am a respectful-to-others human being and a stepmom to two teenagers, which gives me all the credentials I … Continue reading

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Writers’ Wisdom

“The unread story is not a story; it is little black marks on wood pulp. The reader, reading it, makes it live: a live thing, a story.” Ursula K. Le Guin NMM

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Writers’ Wisdom

“Your writing voice is the deepest possible reflection of who you are. The job of your voice is not to seduce or flatter or make well-shaped sentences. In your voice, your readers should be able to hear the contents of … Continue reading

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Writers’ Wisdom

“There is something delicious about writing the first words of a story. You never quite know where they’ll take you.” Beatrix Potter NMM

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