This is a transcribe of an interview I did for The Author Entrepreneurs over at
I hope you find it interesting!
In today’s interview, Nicky shares:
- How he got into writing
- His writing practice
- Where he sources his inspiration from
- How we writes whenever he can
- How he deals with Resistance and Procrastination
- On using dictation to write
Tell us a bit about yourself, Nicky
Hi Sukhi, thanks for chatting with me. I’m Nicky and have been writing short stories and songs for quite a few years.
I studied Philosophy and Literature at University which inspired me to start writing and then started taking courses in creative writing which got me writing longer bits of prose.
I did it for fun to start with but now I’m taking it more seriously and dedicating myself to writing daily.
What do you write?
I naturally incline towards writing dark comedy and dystopia. The earliest movies that inspired me was the Twilight Zone, and I think that gets reflected in what I write.
I like things when they are slightly out of the ordinary! I’m currently coming towards the end of my first comedy novella called ‘Escape from Samsara’.
It’s a story about a man called Barry Harris whose father has gone missing and needs to employ his best ninja skills to try and save him.
The only thing standing in his way is the fact that he’s not a ninja; he’s a gardener, and he still lives with his mum above a hairdresser in Portslade.
Do you have a daily writing routine?
Yes, but It’s not a consistent one. I tend to go and sit in the local library and get most of my writing done in the afternoons.
However, I write whenever possible, on the bus, waiting for friends, I’ve even been known to nip off for 10 mins to jot an idea down at a party!
What tools/resources do you use to write? i.e. Scrivener?
Yes, I use Scrivener, it is quite simply awesome. I love the fact your novel can be broken up into scenes that you can rearrange and build your ideas in a logical fashion. There is the ability to put in photos as well as plan your characters and settings in a much more visual way. There are free templates designed to work in Scrivener that can a provide really useful framework for planning a novel.
I’m a reformed ‘pantser’! (someone that writes by the seat of their pants!) or rather ‘discovery writer’ is a nicer term. I don’t believe you have to be either a plotter or discovery writer, what works for me is to free write within a loose structure. I find It prevents me from getting too lost.
The other breakthrough I’ve had is finding Dragon dictation software which is fantastic.
I tend to get inspired for story ideas when out in nature or walking along the seafront, so I simply record them in an MP3 recorder on my phone.
When I get home, I upload the file to Dragon Dictate, and it transcribes it for me! How wow is that? It’s really helped my daily word count, and it’s a different way of accessing creativitywhich is always interesting.
You have a podcast- tell us a bit more about that and should writers have their own podcast? What tools do you use to set this up?
My main window is my blog, but I also started using Sound Cloud and YouTube which I link to my blog.
I think it’s useful for writers to have a way of connecting with people whichever works best for them.
I don’t put masses of energy into this, to be honest as it can rob from what I’m supposed to be doing which is writing!
I read somewhere that the writing to blogging ratio should be 80% >20% and that feels about right to me.
If not, when resistance kicks in three-quarters through your novel, as it often does, you can find yourself disappearing down the rabbit hole of blogdom.
Watch Out For ‘Escape From Samsara’, out soon!