Adriane Nichols Talked about Connecting

At Jessica Barksdale Inclan’s two-day retreat, I was happy to see L.A. actress and life coach, Adriane Nichols again. We both have attended Jessica’s workshops three times.

When Jessica gave us time to write, I found the deck off of the kitchen with no one else there. I wrote the beginning of Chapter Five for my novel, Norman in the Painting where Jill, the protagonist, reads Adriane’s blog. Jill takes her advice to look at her closet for 5 minutes as a way to begin organizing it. Jessica had told me that in my 25 word submission, I describe Jill’s sister, Viv’s clothing at length, but very little about Jill’s wardrobe. As Jill stares in her closet, she and I realize she has a lack of style and is wondering how to change it, symbolic of the beginning of her transformation.

Adriane also told us that some people disconnect to connect. I plan to have one of my characters show that kind of behavior.

What does your protagonist’s closet look like? Do any of your characters disconnect to connect?


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For over twenty-five years, I've taught elementary grades, high school, and county special education classes. Now I am a field supervisor for teachers working toward their teaching credentials. I also teach writing classes in Dublin and Pleasanton, California. I have won 5 awards in short story contests, My stories are published in The California Writers Club Literary Review, and several anthologies including four times in Las Positas College collections. I have several book projects, but the two that have my immediate attention are HADA'S FOG, which is women's fiction, LILLI, a YA novel, and NORMAN IN THE PICTURE, a paranormal mystery. I have published an anthology WRITTEN ACROSS THE GENRES that includes writings from members of my writing classes and other writers. It's available on Amazon and Kindle.

2 thoughts on “Adriane Nichols Talked about Connecting”

  1. “As Jill stares in her closet, she and I realize she has a lack of style and is wondering how to change it, symbolic of the beginning of her transformation.”
    I really like this description and observation you have made. It is exactly what I have experienced with many clients that I have assisted (over the last 20 years), as I help them identify what clothing in their closet reflects their own authentic personal style….which often marks the beginning of a new transformation in their life.


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