Being born in a wrong country and living in one, too

Some of us were unfortunate enough to be born in a wrong country. Nothing and nobody works there, salaries are horrible, you can’t pay anything online, there is no way you could use benefits of the modern world without going through a hustle. Then, you decide to move to another country. Salaries are slightly better, but you can’t open any internet page without a VPN (guess which country is that), not to mention paying for

Read more »

How to Improve your Writing by being more Patient

If you wish to improve your writing, you need to be more patient. Writing is a complex process and it requires going through several stages from start to finish. We crave to bring our words into the world as promptly as viable. The desire for being heard burns in our insides and we type as rapidly as we can. As soon as we’re done with the first draft we’d like to hit the “publish” button.

Read more »

Treat your writing as a proper project

The key to getting a job done is to treat your writing as a proper project. It’s not just sit down and write some words and everything will take care of by itself. You need to make a list of required mini tasks. Usually, it looks like this: Preparation: Get the idea Think of a character Figure out the character’s goal Think of a setting Think of an outer conflict Think of an inner conflict

Read more »

An overconfident writer

There are authors who lack confidence and there are those who have plenty. An overconfident writer doesn’t require a readable font on a book cover, his novel is a magnificent autobiographical work of art loaded with symbolism and a message which will change the world. His uncle, who is a well-read man, told him he’s a modern age Socrates; so, I suppose that verifies everything. The trouble is that publishers don’t like him and don’t

Read more »

writing or marketing

What is more important, marketing or writing? The answer is – neither: they can’t live one without the other. Writing without marketing is writing to nobody and marketing without writing is promoting nothing. So, do a little bit of both each day.

Read more »

Long-term goals

Running a successful writing career requires taking steps towards long-term goals. The opposite of long term is instant gratification or fulfillment of current emotional needs. We don’t feel like writing so we watch YouTube videos instead. Instead of writing a blog post we post a snapshot of our cat on Facebook. We get new followers, new likes, and new shares on our social network profiles and we fell like accomplishing something. It’s much easier than

Read more »

What to do when you have too many things on your to-do list?

Your ‘To-Do List’ is huge and you don’t know where to start. It feels as if you will accomplish nothing. It’s easy to get overwhelmed and discouraged. Remember, you need to do one thing at a time. Each morning, just after you wake, make your to-do list; put everything on it. How many items do you have? 10,20? Now, find the three most important tasks you need to do and cross out the rest of

Read more »

Writing is a business

If you want to be a writer nowadays, you must change your approach to the craft. Writing is not merely a craft, it’s a business.  Some time ago it was possible for some people to write a book, send it to publishers, get published and then repeat.  These days are gone, even if you’re traditionally published.  Now, the game looks like this: You write a book, you write a blog, you market, you advertise, you

Read more »

Who is most likely going to buy your first book

If you’re about to publish your first book and you’re not J.D. Salinger, your first readers will be your friends and family. They will talk about your book to their friends and and they are going to talk to their friends your readership will gradually expand. There is nothing wrong with that, we’ve all started like this, and there is an important lesson you can learn from that. Treat your new readers as your friends

Read more »