Writing is the most important

As you might notice, I’ve been absent for almost a week. Yes, I spent time fixing my website and putting my novel back on retail sellers, but that wasn’t the main reason I haven’t blogged for 6 days. I was sorting out priorities. I already figured out that writing is a business. Listening to podcasts, I’ve learned that one can live a decent life while being an indie author, but only if one does everything

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Moving on

Authors get attached to their work. The disadvantage of being an indie author is that you can always tweak a thing or two and you will. It can keep you stuck with the same book for ages. Moving on to the next project is the thing you want to do. Don’t live in the past and let the errors and typos rest in peace.

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Slowness takes you far

Several years ago, I overheard a line of conversation between a child and his grandpa. The boy was hurrying the old man, and he replied: “Slowness takes you far.” That sentence has been resonating ever since in my mind. Take for runners for example. Usain Bolt runs faster than any person has ever been able to. Compared to him, any ultra marathon runner is significantly slower but they go farther. It all goes back to

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Back to the Real Life

If you have a day job, and you’re a writer, being on a holiday means living two or three weeks in dream. You write each morning and you spend some time in the afternoon sorting out marketing stuff and blogging. Perfect! But, it comes to an end. What do you do when you go back to your job? Here are the three most important things you need to implement if you want to be successful

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Connecting to your readers

I don’t know about you, but if I could get an email from my favorite author, I would throw parties in that name. And, I’m not just saying that because Hemingway has been dead for quiet some time. Imagine getting an email from Stephen King, or Neil Gaiman, or whoever your favorite author might be. Wouldn’t that be awesome? You can’t imagine that you can be somebody’s favorite author? Well, trust me, you can and

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I don’t know how to write everything

If you’re a writer, people might ask you to help them with their writing, or even to write something instead of them; a postcard, a note, a product description, a dedication, an email, a letter of recommendation, or even a job application; all sorts of things. Although I most often accept to help them, sometimes I just have to say that I don’t know how to write everything. This, sometimes, makes certain people furious. They

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How I turned my game around after a failed challenge by building a brand new daily schedule

A month ago, I’ve started a 30 days no stats challenge. The reason for that was my obsessive number checking at Google Analytics, Medium and Mail Chimp. If I had any books on sale, I would’ve been checking these numbers, as well. I was addicted to stats checking. Each time my numbers would grow I would get a dopamine injection and I would be happy for some time. When my numbers dropped, I would feel

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When you spot an adverb kill it and change the verb

If you’ve read any book on writing and style development, you are familiar with the rule to avoid adverbs. As a novice writer, I’ve always wondered why is that the case, but the more experienced I became with editing the more clear it became. Let’s look at some examples which you might find in your first drafts. He went to the hospital quickly. The verb in this sentence represents an action; someone moved from one

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Humans Vs Technology

There is a general concern that machines are going to take over our jobs and we’ll end up being homeless and eventually die. In this ‘humans vs technology’ war we, humans, still have some effective weaponry in our arsenal; rational judgment. We could teach a machine to play chess, to find an article you need to read, to place an ad based on your interests, but we still can’t teach a machine to think and

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Burnout

It is most likely that you’re going to quit when you burn you fuel. At these times, nothing seems to work. All your efforts and hard work are pointless. You made none progress for ages and everyone else seems to be much better than you do. At these times, I remember what Seth Godin said about the Dip. Everybody falls into it. The only difference is whether we find our way out and reach to

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