Hello, Digital World! I Come In Peace!

Niko Giammanco | 5 min read |Atomic Ramblings Collection

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Ever since I could read, I’ve been intrigued by storytelling. I was mesmerized by the power written words had to transport me to other worlds. I wanted to wield this power myself. So, I started writing fictional short stories. I mainly wrote in the school of horror—a la Slasher flicks.

I created a gruesome series of tales about “johns” (a prostitute’s client) who were werewolves (my favorite)shredding ladies of the night — to highly disturbing—self-conjured—lore about the dangers of eating fortune cookies that have been cursed by the souls of serial killers—ya know, the average stuff a freshman might write.

I can clearly recall a certain homeroom teacher confiscating one of my notebooks that contained both of the stories I mentioned (Late-night Snacks & The Fortune Cookie Massacre) and more, reading them, turning a shade of steamed lobster, and immediately sending me to the principle’s office. This is when my unique writing style started getting noticed.

Stoking the Fire

After my writing was “discovered,” and I served my week’s worth of detentions, one English teacher, Mr. Grober, took notice — he prided himself, in particular, on nurturing creative writers. Throughout our year together, he challenged me with writing assignments not included in class; things that would allow me to take my thoughts further, without the worries of a grade.

One specific challenge he posed to me was to write a “Whodunit,” aka a mystery story. It took me a little while, but I finally came up with a main character — Detective Wilson Reigns — who had to uncover the truth behind the stabbing death of the wealthy, Upper Eastside (NYC) fashion mogul, Janice Lockwoode. All in all, I think that one turned out rather good, as it made its way into the (very small) school paper where I received lots of positive feedback.

On the heels of this — and a few other “off the record” assignments — Mr. Grober pulled some strings and got me into a summer semester Creative Writing course at a local community college. It was during this unique opportunity that I began to find my voice, thus further stoking my fire for writing.

After my writing was “discovered,” and I served my week’s worth of detentions, one English teacher took notice…

College 1.0

After a bit of a break between graduating high school and attending college, I moved from Florida to North Carolina, where I decided to finally get back into the college swing. I attended a community college, where I got my reintroduction to writing. Although, this time around the writing wasn’t the by-the-book high school level sort, it was a more open style, at least the content. I was surprised to learn that even though I had been away from writing, in any form, for quite some time, I essentially picked it back up as if I’d never walked away at all — this was, to say the least, highly encouraging.

My passion for writing rekindled, I breezed through assignments, anxious for more. However, I did find myself having to adhere to the traditional five-paragraph essay style for most classes, which was sort of a bummer. Needless to say, I couldn’t wait to obtain my Associate’s Degree and move onto a bigger university; one where writing, I hoped, was bound to be more unrestricted. I wasn’t wrong.

College 2.0

Enter university. A place where one can obtain the knowledge and training to become whatever they dream of if they put in the time and the work. I am an English major with my concentration in Professional Writing. Within my first semester at school, I was introduced to a shiny new outlet for writing. A way to express my words and have them received by (potentially) thousands of people. That new medium was Digital Writing.

Not only was digital writing different from the types I had done in the past (i.e., academic essay, prose), but it focused on a more conversational approach. I prefer a casual and friendly tone when writing. Nonformal writing allows me to feel a connection with my readers, which—for me—is what writing is all about. What is writing, if not the chance to have a conversation with the masses.

Nonformal writing allows me to feel a connection with my readers, which — for me — is what writing is all about.

To Infinity and Beyond!

I write because I need to release my thoughts. My mind is like a sponge, and sometimes that sponge needs to be wrung out — enter writing. Whether it’s working on a short story, my novel, or writing something for class, the act of typing (it used to be pen to paper) is an act of catharsis.

However, if I’m being honest, that’s not the only reason I write. I also write in hopes of achieving great (monetary) success and notoriety, leaving my mark on the world through my words.

Ideally, I would love nothing more than to be independently wealthy and able to support my inner novelist, plus put food on the table for my family. Unfortunately, unless I’m the next J.K. Rowling, it doesn’t work like that. So, that’s the reason I’ve decided to get my bachelors in English and make my focus on professional writing.

The idea is a one hand washes the other type of thing. Professional writing can be a lucrative field—if you work it right—and can, therefore, provide steady financial support for me and my family. By doing this, I leave enough room for me to work on my creative writing and other freelance adventures I’ll surely be taking.

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I’m a senior at a US university—I’m obsessed with post-apocalyptic, military sci-fi, Twitter, Ramen, my cat, & Hiaasen—You pay Me for your groceries—6x a week.

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Niko Giammanco

Niko Giammanco

I’m a senior at a US university—I’m obsessed with post-apocalyptic, military sci-fi, Twitter, Ramen, my cat, & Hiaasen—You pay Me for your groceries—6x a week.

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