Guest Blog: For All the Writers Out There!

Nicole Cortichiato
VSA Texas

July 28, 2016

Stop Looking for Something to Be Wrong!

Sit DOWN, and Write!

AND Look for What’s Right in Your Life.

Because there is more right then wrong, isn’t there?

My name is usually Nicole Cortichiato, but sometimes I use my pen name, Nia Spaghetti. I’m also a person with a disability and a writer. I am going to talk to you about getting YOUR stories out there and my writing process.

A hand holds up a book with a colorful cover in a hand drawn style to the camera. It reads The Independent Hand by Nicole Cortichiato.What have I written?

Fiction, flash fiction, memoir, children’s books (right), plays, and poetry.

Where have I been published?

My writing process

On an open palm sits a tiny ceramic figure of a plate of bacon and eggs.I like to write in the morning, always with plenty of coffee and some breakfast.

I didn’t start writing seriously until 2011. By serious I mean actually finishing my stories and doing something with them. Before then, I just journaled a lot.

This is how I make it happen:

I took creative writing classes at Austin Community College! I swear by this! Favorite teachers: Sidney Brammer and Charlotte Gullick.

In a wood paneled corner resembling a stage, a woman reads off a podium.I attend writing and storytelling events!

I joined a writing group where we critique each other’s stories.

I meditate before I write!

That’s it folks! Now, what’s write with you today?

About Nicole

A woman in blue glasses with triangular frames smiles at the camera. While walls with a bulletin board and colorful painting are in the background.Nicole Cortichiato is the project facilitator of VSA Texas' Opening Minds, Opening Doors program and an accomplished artist and author of children’s books, poetry, memoir and adult fiction. She spends her free time taking classes and thinking, not too much thinking though. Her motto, “Everything in moderation, including moderation.”



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