Creative Corner: Nancy B. Drayce – Nanelle blog


Thank you so much for making the decision to come and spend some time with me on the blog today.

Welcome back to “Creative Corner” where you get to discover some astounding talent with writing skills that will take your breathe away.
We’re kicking this year off with style!

Today, we’ll be getting to know the creative behind Nanelle (a creative writing blog) a little better and if you aren’t following her already, I hope that by the end of this interview you will be.

Meet Nancy B. Drayce, our first interview guest of 2021, whoop whoop!

Nancy B. Drayce – Nanelle blog creator

When and why did you start blogging?

The first blog post I uploaded was on June 11th. I remember getting an idea of starting a blog, so I asked my friends if they knew somebody that knows something about opening a blog on the internet because I had no idea how that works.

When nobody had the answer I had to go and explore on my own! I didn’t know how easy it was and I was very surprised by it! I quickly got a hang of it and created my blog called Nanelle.

I started this blog because I wanted to help anyone struggling with stuff I struggled with. I started writing around three years ago and I remember how hard it was for me to find some information that I needed.

With this blog, I intend to provide all the necessary information to writers like me, in one place.

Has blogging impacted your life and if so, how?

Yes, it did! First, English is not my native language, so writing in English is a type of practice for me!

And, of course, writing about creative writing is like a guideline for me as well.

For example, I have a post about the editing process, so I can keep myself in check and follow my own guide.

What are your blogging goals for this year?

Because of the exams I had, I haven’t found time to blog, so, therefore, my goal is to be very proactive and to gain more readers!

What are your hobbies?

Besides writing, blogging, and also studying, I really like to sing and write songs. I went to music school for solo singing. It was supposed to last two years but I had to quit early; I had a very busy schedule around school and getting into a college, so I didn’t have time.

I like to sit in my room, turn on a song that I like to sing and just let my voice flow.

What do you like most about yourself?

As one of my favorite people in the world, RuPaul, says “If you can’t love yourself, how the hell you gonna love somebody else?” – we need to love ourselves.

Therefore, the thing I love most about myself is the passion that I put into everything I do, whether it is my career or just regular conversation.

That passion always shines through me.

What are/were you doing to keep busy during Coronavirus quarantine?

When the quarantine began I was midway through my first year of college, so keeping myself busy wasn’t much of a problem because I had to study. But, besides that, I was also writing a lot.

Having online classes kind of helped me in having more time throughout the day to focus on my writing, and later creating my blog.

How do you combat racism and support Black Lives Matter?

I was never able to grasp the fact that there are racist people. Judging people by their skin color is ridiculous and I’ve never understood it.

I live in a country where not many black people live, therefore I have never encountered racism in public, but I was able to learn via internet and Youtube about everything that is going on, and everything that was going on for years.

We are all human beings, just trying to live on the planet that belongs to every single one of us.

What is the biggest challenge you’ve ever faced and how did you overcome it?

The biggest challenge I faced was that I had to translate my book to dive myself into the querying process. I had no one that could help me; I had to do it myself, and I did!

Im still in the process of making my book better, and as soon as I am finished I’ll be ready to start querying again. That is, I would say, the challenge that I am still facing.

There are still personal challenges that we all face in our lives, but I wanted to show the one that I am going through now in my path of making my career.

To be a successful blogger you need…

You need to be patient and never give up – as for everything else.

Know your audience, be different, and be passionate. If you enjoy what you put out, so will the others.

Who is your ideal blog reader?

My ideal blog reader would be someone who is eager to learn more. I want my posts to be helpful to my readers and I would like them to enjoy my content.

I am not an expert, so I would, also, love for my readers to leave their opinions on subjects that I write about. That way we can all learn and grow!

It’s been a pleasure getting to know Nancy and I hope you’ve enjoyed this interview. If you did then please smash the like button and let me know what you thought in the comments.

Thank you to the lovely Nancy of Nanelle for her patience and for joining us here on the blog today. Getting to know you has been fun and I wish you and your blog all the best. You’re an incredible writer.

For more from Nancy.B Drayce, subscribe to her creative writing blog, follow her on Twitter and see her awesome snaps on Instagram.

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See ya next time on “Creative Corner” to meet another cool creative.


A true-crime-obsessed 30-something-year-old, quirky lifestyle blogger from the coastal city of East London, South Africa who's interests include reading, writing and fitness. Find me on Twitter @WeirdnLiberated.
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