Nicolette Brink: Author, motivational speaker, athlete
Meeting the Rising Writer No. 30
Talk about branching out, Nicolette Brink has a broad range of interests and talents. She has published two books and is now working on another project.
Nicolette believes in reaching readers through her story. She worked in a large bookstore for eight years, and she has a past that encouraged her to write in hopes of encouraging others to overcome obstacles of their own.
She has agreed to a virtual interview today, both to share a little about herself as well as her journey as a self-published author.
What is your name? Do you go by that name as a writer?
Nicolette Brink, yes I write under my name—no pen name.
I am a success author, motivational speaker, entrepreneur, coach, and athlete. I’m also about to begin instructing boxing/kickboxing and am working toward being able to hold self-defense seminars for women.
What do you do when you’re not writing?
I am a busy mom! When I am not working on a writing project, I am working on my business or training (martial artist, runner, working on becoming an instructor) or trying to keep up with my active family.
When did you start writing?
I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember! I wrote a screenplay in high school, wrote one romance novel in college, started a few more then switched over to nonfiction writing.
What brought you into nonfiction?
I had a difficult childhood, experienced many things that most never are exposed to in their lives. I realized that if I had figured out how to overcome and flourish and thrive, others experiencing challenging obstacles could benefit from my approach and principles for successful living.
To you, what’s the most important aspect of writing nonfiction?
Making an impact in readers that gives them hope and belief that they can change and life will get better.
What are you currently working on? How did you begin working on it?
I am currently working on getting an agent for one of my finished manuscripts, continuing to finish writing a second nonfiction book, plus I have webinar and online courses that I am creating that will have accompanying books.
I do not outline my actual books—with fiction I trust in my imagination to create a great storyline. For nonfiction, I do a quick chapter list so to speak but not real outlining.
Are you interested in self-publishing or traditional publishing? Why?
I believe in traditional publishing. I am keeping my best books for this route. I also love self-publishing as I have more control over my books and it allows writers ways to earn credibility and passive income while they continue to create other books.
What’s the hardest part about self-publishing?
What inspires your writing?
I love sappy romance stories!
My work now is all nonfiction—I had a very challenging upbringing and overcame serious obstacles. I created books and programs based off the principles and approach to life (mindset) that helped me overcome, rise up, and really achieve. I love helping people discover their inner strength, teaching self-empowerment, and inspiring people to live life at a higher level.
Were you always good at writing?
Yes, I’ve always been a strong writer.
What do you hope to achieve with your writing?
I hope my writing encourages people to believe in their own power to change themselves and the lives they lead. I hope I am able help people become more decisive, empowered, and resilient in life.
Which authors inspire you?
I am a huge Wayne Dyer fan. I also like Robert Greene, Neville Goddard, Ralph Waldo Emerson.
Now that you asked, I can’t recall the last fiction title I’ve read! I don’t have much time to read these days—too busy creating my own work!
When do you usually write? How often? Do you have a word goal or page goal when you write?
I am writing all the time. Every week, I am writing articles and adding content to my programs.
With my books, the ideas pop into my head and then I write furiously for a few hours to get it all out. I come back later and organize it. I don’t do goals—I simply never have enough time to write as much as I’d like. I could sit and write for twelve hours straight five days a week for years and not run out of things to write about.
People often ask where I come up with the content of my books. Most of my books arrive in my sleep! Totally serious! I find myself in a half-asleep, half-awake state and I’m literally writing my books or speaking the contents in a presentation. The chapters, topics, the flow … all of it is just there in a very natural kind of way. I wake up and literally wish I could sit and spend days getting it all written out. Instead, my kids are up before the sun and I’m getting us all up and going for the day. I have a mini library in my brain. Of all the books my mind has written and created, I can literally, at any time, go and “read” the whole thing. My brain actually writes books in my sleep and they stay there.
I also make use of those ten-minute blocks of time we all have throughout the day, usually waiting for other people. I always have paper with me to jot down ideas and notes. What I just talked about—the books arriving while I sleep—I often am scribbling like a crazy person as much of it as I can while getting the kids ready for school. I am always afraid I will forget something important. Then, in hindsight, I laugh at myself because my book’s contents are literally ingrained in my memory—nothing to fret or worry about. But, yes, making the most of the little blocks of time I have every day pays off! I’m always coming up with a fresh take on an idea or want to add to a chapter. If there is a chapter I can’t get to sound right, I think it over while I’m driving or out running. I practice reading the chapter aloud to see how it sounds.
What books or writing projects have you completed/published in the past? (You may include links and photos if you have them)
I have two published at the moment:
Focus and Value – How to Write an EBook and Engage Your Audience (great tips for anyone writing and publishing a book)
Raising the Bar for a Higher Level of Living (self-help. On taking ownership over your life with great tips for leadership)
Would you like to tell us more about your book?
In Raising the Bar for a Higher Level of Living, I actually created this book from three articles I wrote for my blog. I realized there was so much I could say, that I had to expand upon it and thus the book arrived. It is a fun and bold book. I love being a spitfire, and this book will make readers sit up and maybe even rile them.
I love running (and fitness) and I use the concept of the marathon to explain success concepts in ways that many will be able to understand and apply in their daily lives. I run with readers through twenty-six miles of grit and glory to help them begin achieving goals and building a success mindset.
What genre do you enjoy most, and what draws you to the genre you write?
I love sweet romances, good adventure stories (Indiana Jones kind).
I love writing motivational/self-help books.
Do you ever get writer’s block? If so, how do you overcome it?
I used to years ago. Then, I started applying my success tactics on writer’s block and haven’t had it for years. I actually provide ways to handle writer’s block in my book Focus & Value and have a few videos on overcoming writer’s block as well.
Follow me on Facebook, YouTube, and Pinterest to read/watch my writing tips posts. All links are located at the end of the post.
What advice would you give your younger self?
Believe in yourself! Build focus and discipline sooner. Show up every day and make some sort of progress on goals. Don’t have kids until you can hire a nanny and housekeeper. (Totally serious on that one!) Believe bigger.
Do you have any advice you’d like to give other writers?
Stay authentic. There is so much power in who we are and what we have to say. What it is that makes us unique—that is what will separate you out from the rest. Don’t be afraid of being bold, different, and ruffling feathers. There are thousands of different perspectives for every topic under the sun; you have total right to your perspective and whichever stance you choose to write from.
Writers struggle when they lack purpose and vision for what they are wanting to create. When you know your why and the impact you’d like to make, the writing will flow.
What is your greatest fear? (Does not have to be in writing)
That I’m not going to be able to get it (my books) all out and published. I have so many things I want to write about. The process at times seems very slow.
Do you have anything else you would like to add?
I have lots of great articles and videos with tips for writers! I have a wonderful program for writers where I teach how to grow and expand professionally called “Expanding Your Author Platform.” Currently, it is a webinar series but I am building it into a self-paced course, book, and live workshop. You can learn more about it here.
How can readers and fellow writers discover more about you and your work?
Here is a video Nicolette offered to share with tips on writer’s block.