On this episode of A Day in the Life we meet 2011 graduate Nicole Kearney, a playwright based in Indianapolis. If you’d like to be featured email me, my address is below.
When did you graduate?
I walked in November 2010. However, I did an extra semester and my official date is June 2011.
What genre do you write?
I write primarily plays. I also write screenplays
Where do you live?
What are your favorite books?
The Color Purple and The Same River Twice: Honoring the Difficult both by Alice Walker and all of Zora Neale Hurston books
Do you hold a full-time job other than writing?
What do you do?
I write and produce stageplays. I produce other’s screenplays. I coach creative entrepreneurs. I have a startup Sip & Share Wine doing home and event wine tastings pouring African American; women and boutique wines.
What part of writing do you like the most?
Hearing the script out loud with actors after the first draft is finished.
Do you work with an outline or just wing it?
I typically just write. When I work on musicals, I do tend to outline more as it helps to have a guide to provide my collaborators.
Do you ever experience writer’s block?
Not really. I sometimes find myself stuck on a piece. I tend to work through it during meditation or sleep on it.
Do you listen to music while writing- if so, what kind?
Not during the first draft. I require quiet for that. During the revision phase, I listen to jazz.
What do you do when you’re not writing?
Working on my startup Sip & Share Wine; drinking new wines, traveling and coaching clients.
Can you tell us about an upcoming project?
I have a play, On the Pole coming up March 11, 12 & 17th as part of the 7th annual Diva Fest in Indianapolis. The 6th annual Onyx Fest, an African American playwrights festival I founded and co-produce with IndyFringe will be in May 2017. My musical The Wedding Bells: a Musical about Tying the Knot goes on stage during the festival.
Where can we find your work?
Most of my plays are listed online nicolekearney.com. I’m on social media – Facebook and Instagram as nicolekearneyproductions and Twitter as @nicolekearneypd
What does your daily schedule look like?
Each day is different. I meditate, read affirmations and do yoga in the morning. I sometimes write or work with coaching clients and work on marketing for Sip & Share Wine. I listen to audiobooks and read to get inspiration. I also do homework as I’m back in school pursuing a masters in entrepreneurship.
What time did you wake up?
Generally 9:30 a.m.
What did you work on?
I sometimes write or work with coaching clients and work on marketing for Sip & Share Wine. I listen to audiobooks and read to get inspiration. I also do homework as I’m back in school pursuing a masters in entrepreneurship.
Did you finish what you set out to?
Most days, I do.
If not, what got in the way?
I can get distracted by my other creative endeavors.
What were you wearing? (don’t mean to be creepy but is there something you need to wear to write, or you never think about what you wear if you work from home…)
I never think about what I wear. Typically yoga pants and jeans. Some days pjs most to the day.
Did you exercise?
I do yoga several days a week
Did you read?
Yes and I listen to audiobooks
How did you procrastinate?
By doing housework and doing “research” on Google.
What advice would you give someone looking for a more productive routine?
Set a routine that works for you and fits your lifestyle. That’s success.
I’m looking for contributors for the following posts:
DEAR SOARING!: Send me your questions to be featured on the blog. Other alumni will help in answering your questions.
Where in the World: Where have you gone recently? Send me a picture with information on your trip and any writing you may have done about the trip.
Awards and Accolades of Alumni: Time to brag! What have you accomplished recently? I want to help spread the word and show just how great our alumni really are.
Email me at email@example.com to be featured.
Mackenzie Jervis is a Summer 2016 Graduate. She lives in Texas with her husband and son. She has way too many books, more cameras than she knows how to properly use, and a never ending need to keep moving. She writes about her life and adventures at home and around the world at A Wandering Scribbler.