My name is Nick and I am a Queens College graduate with a degree in English. I was born in Astoria, raised on Long Island, and vacation in Upstate, New York. I have aspirations of getting accepted into a creative writing MFA program and one day getting published in The New Yorker.

I have always struggled opening up to people because I feel that I never really learned how. I grew up in a peculiar family, with two autistic brothers, one of which feeds off of other people’s emotions. If someone’s happy, he’s happy, but no one is ever happy 100% of the time. Shit happens, and when it does happen, I have to suppress it. I had to learn this at a very young age, causing me to grow up faster than most others. Because of this, I tend to bottle things up, and it reeks havoc on my personal life. I’m prone to depression and anxiety. I miss out on countless opportunities to be happy because I am unable to open up to other people and express how I truly feel about them.

Not until college did I realize that I am an okay writer. I don’t try to blow the reader away with an extensive vocabulary or anything; I just try to create some kind of connection. I personally love Hemingway’s approach to writing: simplistic. In every one of his stories, I feel each and every word has a specific purpose, that was well thought out through trial and error. I feel that if you have a story to tell, you should just tell it. If it’s as good as you think it is, there will be no need to try to turn it into something it’s not. I want substance in a story, not page after page of superficial bullshit that people can picture in their minds, but are completely unrelatable to anyone outside of Hollywood.

What was the point of that rant? The point was that I keep things simple and I keep them realistic. As weird as Woody Allen is, he is an absolute genius when it comes to connecting with an audience. I want the reader to read my stories and believe that this actually happened.

Also, I don’t hate science fiction, but you will never see me read it or write it. I emphasize dialogue in my stories. I tend to drive my stories forward using dialogue. I’m still working on finding the right balance between showing and telling, but I have a lifetime to figure that out.

Now you might be wondering what kind of stuff do I like to write. If you just started following my blog, I focus primarily on flash fiction, but I also delve into hint fiction (25 words or less) and other forms of micro fiction, ten minute plays, and on rare occasions, poetry. It really depends on my mood. I don’t really do non fiction because I haven’t experienced enough of the world yet, but I do have some stuff regarding my family because it is interesting.

Writing, I’ve realized, is the only way I can get my true emotions out of my system. I’ll never understand why I have to resort to writing, but I’m glad to know that I finally found a way to do it.

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