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Meet Nikki Zarrella of Writings by Nikki Zarrella in North of Boston

Today we’d like to introduce you to Nikki Zarrella.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I have been writing for as long as I can remember. When I was younger, I wrote songs, poems, and short stories as a way to escape from the unstable environment I was often surrounded by. The home I grew up in could certainly be deemed a broken one and, especially during certain years of my life, my family was the definition of dysfunctional. Writing was my only way out. I didn’t realize it then, but I used writing as a coping mechanism to express the pain and anxiety I felt in both my mind and my heart. As I became older, I decided to enter the world of sports journalism because I wanted to begin combining my passion for writing with my passion for sports (I’ve always been a sports fanatic). I received my Bachelor’s degree in English Journalism, and begin covering sports news stories. After doing this for a few years, I really wanted to get back into writing for myself again. I decided to create my own blog and was also hired as a Contributing Writer for the story-sharing website, “Thought Catalog.” At first, it was painful and quite uncomfortable to share my words across these platforms, for everyone’s eyes to read. I felt like I was standing naked in a crowded room, only it was my mind and my thoughts that were being fully exposed. But then, something wonderful happened. I started accumulating views, and soon after, I began to receive emails from strangers about just how much my writing resonated with them, helping them get through dark times, and allowing them to feel less alone in their struggles. This reminded me of why I wanted to share my stories in the first place, and why I will continue to do so.

Has it been a smooth road?
I feel like trying to become an established writer is a difficult feat no matter who you are. Not only can it come with a whole lot of rejection, but you’re also sharing pieces of your heart and mind with the world, and they’ll either hate you or love you for it. Currently, I’ve enjoyed writing for my online audience, but my biggest struggle has definitely been working on my first book. I have so many thoughts and ideas, I find it difficult to organize them in a way that will tell my story in an interesting, organized manner. On top of that, there is so much self-doubt that goes through your head when you’re a writer, at least for me any way. That doubt can truly deter your progress, and I’ve had days where I certainly felt like I wasn’t good enough and that I should give up. But as with most uncertain situations in life, I know I have to try and see past the fear. I must remind myself of how far I’ve come already with my writing, and just how much further that writing could take me if I keep going, keep pushing, and never give up.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Writings by Nikki Zarrella story. Tell us more about the business.
I’m known for tackling difficult topics and writing completely from my heart. I have written pieces on topics spanning from suicide, to emotional abuse, to loving someone with an addiction problem, and to pieces about anxiety and depression, among many others topics. What makes me proud is hearing from complete strangers about how my writing has had such a strong emotional impact on them. They have found comfort in my words and created a sense of solace through my voice. That is what I am most proud of and what drives me to keep on writing.

How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
In the next 5-10 years, I would like my blog to expand and to gain more subscribers. I will write more pieces and may even begin producing short stories or poetry, as these are avenues I haven’t explored yet in terms of posting them to my blog. I truly hope that in the next 5-10 years I will have a book or two published. That is my main goal in all of this. I’ve always wanted to be an author, and right now, that dream seems closer than ever before, but still so far away.

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Andrew MacRobert, Thought Catalog, Wix

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