Sharing the Blog Love: Nikki Young Writes

 Whilst I take a little blog break I thought it would be nice to continue my series sharing the blog love, and have scheduled guest posts for you from some of my favourite bloggers. Hope you enjoy them 🙂

Nikki Young Writes

nikki youngThank you so much, Reneé, for inviting me to appear as a guest on your blog. Not only do I admire and respect the lady herself, the Mummy Tries blog is one of my favourites, so it’s a great honour to be a part of it.

Reneé set some questions for this post. The first one was to describe your blog or brand in under 140 characters. Oh that’s easy, I thought, but nooo. It reminded me of writing Meta descriptions when I work on digital content or constructing tweets, where you have to hook the reader in such a short space. Any way here’s what I came up with:

Nikki Young Writes offers writing tips for aspiring authors, content creation advice for businesses, fiction slots, book reviews & freelance writing services.

Question 2 asked about bucket lists before your next big birthday…

I don’t have an actual bucket list and I hate to admit this, but I am fast approaching my next big birthday. All I can think about is trying to slow down time so that I never reach that milestone age. As you can gather, I’m not going gracefully into the next decade and who knows, I might start having a mid life crisis and start going to festivals and stuff. Anyone fancy Glastonbury next year?

I am lucky to have seen and done so many amazing things in my life already. I’ve been to some of the wonders of the world like Victoria Falls and the Pyramids. I’ve been on safari; I’ve walked the Inca Trail. What I look forward to most is experiencing amazing things with my children. I can’t wait until they’re old enough to take on safari, for example and I have this romantic idea that a road trip across America would be so much fun, although we’d probably end up killing each other half way through.

Anyway, there’s only so much you can do in six months, so I’m afraid I won’t be ticking anything big off my invisible list before then. I am lucky though, in that we are celebrating my birthday/my son’s birthday/our wedding anniversary in Florida, with a bit of Disney magic thrown in.

Number 3 is my ultimate three course meal…

Well, I’ve learned from experience that eating three courses is no good for me and my stomach and I avoid sugar as much as possible so I don’t eat dessert. Whenever I go out for a meal, I always go for a fish starter. I love calamari, for example, or dressed crab.

My main course favourites tend to be something like sea bass, risotto or a rib eye steak and I would finish off with a cappuccino if it’s not too late, or a camomile tea if  not.

Who was my first crush…?

I’m not exactly sure, but I remember thinking that I was going to marry my next door neighbour, who was the same age as me. When we played in the garden, I always made sure I was the mum and he was the dad. Growing up in the eighties, with magazines like Just Seventeen and Girl to read, I had a massive collection of posters on my wall of all the actors and pop stars I was in love with. From what I can remember it included George Michael, River Phoenix, Rob Lowe, Charlie Sheen, Ethan Hawke and definitely NOT Bros.

Can I tell you what my three favourite posts are?

I wrote my 200th post on Friday, so it’s difficult to choose three favourites from them all, but I chose this first post based on the fun I had after writing it:

Writing Exercises – Creating Fiction and Exercising the Brain

I found some interesting exercises and when I decided to do a post about them was delighted that a number of my readers had a go at doing them as well. It was fun to have that interaction and the feeling that I’d challenged other writer’s alongside me, hopefully inspiring their own creativity.

I chose this next post based on the support I had for making the (brave) decision to move my health and food posts to a separate blog because I felt that they no longer had a home on Nikki Young Writes.

A ‘Free-From Life’ – New Beginnings

Running two blogs isn’t easy, but I am passionate about health and nutrition, having studied nutrition at University and having worked in the food industry once upon a time. It sits side by side with my love of writing and since developing my own health problems and having a gluten and dairy intolerant son, I feel as though I’ve had to put my nutrition knowledge to good use over the last few years.

I am a fiddler of recipes, adapting them to suit our needs. That means finding replacements for a number of ingredients, but I enjoy the challenge and guess what? I enjoy writing about it too. Would you ever have believed that?

My final choice is a fiction post I wrote that is very personal to me and reflects upon a particular difficult situation that was happening in my life at the time. Many writers say they find writing cathartic and I can honestly say that it’s true of me too. If I have any kind of inner turmoil I’m working through, I won’t shout and rave about it in the streets. Instead, I will sit down and pour my heart and soul in to either a blog post or a piece of fiction.

Friday Fiction – The Girl on the Outside

Thanks for reading. I’m Nikki and I blog at Nikki Young Writes and A ‘Free-From’ Life. I am a freelance writer and digital content creator and I am currently working on my first manuscript for young adults. I am a Yorkshire lass, who migrated to Kent 17 years ago, set up roots and never went back. My three fab kids drive me nuts at times, but they make me always strive to be a better person. Find me on Facebook, Twitter, Google plus and Pinterest.

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