Someone came up with the idea of creating an index of their articles on Medium and I finally caught up with it. Here is a categorized list of my articles which I will keep on updating as I write new ones.

Index: Authorpreneurship (25)

Index: Learning (17)

Index: Life (19)

Index: Productivity (14)

Index: Self Improvement (9)

Index: Short Stories (6)

Index: Travel Stories (15)

Index: Writing (39)

About Me

I am a Gen X who has quit competitive life to lead a creative life. Two years ago, I said goodbye to a six-figure income and became a full-time writer.

I write both fiction and non-fiction. With my fiction, I entertain readers who enjoy character-driven stories. …


The challenge starts today.

Image Source: Austin Kelon

Violinist Hilary Hahn started a 100 Days of Practice project. She posted a video of her practicing violin on Instagram for 100 days with #100daysofpractice and invited others to join her. That started a movement.

Austin Kleon (the writer of How To Steal Like an Artist) came up with a grid to log his progress for 100 days. He calls it PRACTICE to SUCK LESS grid.

To get good, you first have to be willing to be bad. Don’t practice to get good, practice to suck less. — Austin Kleon.

I thought it was a brilliant idea. You can use…

A page from my diary.

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“Where are you going?” My husband asks before I leave the house on a lazy afternoon during the Christmas shutdown.

“I don’t know. Somewhere.” I step out of the door, still unsure where I was heading, then, as an afterthought, added, “Probably will go and sit under a tree.”

I walk off with car keys and a water bottle. This year we had decided to stay at home during Christmas break and do nothing. Five days of doing nothing and I have had my fill of doing nothing. I needed to get out of the house.

But where? I sit…

A shout-out to three fellow writers.

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Last Saturday, I wrote an article, Shout-out for Three Fellow Writers, where I introduced three writers whose work inspired me.

Continuing with the idea this week, I selected three articles that impacted me a lot this week.

If you are like me, you probably read several articles on Medium each week. But some of them impact you much more than others. There are nuggets of wisdom there that are just in time.

Thousands of articles are published on Medium each day. You might have missed them. …

Concord Bridge — Image by authorEUROPE

A bird’s eye view through a boat tour.

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We were going to spend the next four days in Paris. “Have you heard of Paris Syndrome?” my niece asked me over the phone.

“No. What is it?”

“Many people when visit Paris say that it didn’t live up to their expectations. So be mindful. Lower your expectations.”

“I shall.” I said that, but I was secretly hoping to see Paris as I had seen in ‘Devil Wears Prada.’ I wanted to see the dreamy wide boulevard where trees were lined with fairy lights, the one Anne Hathaway walked in the last scene of ‘Devil Wears Prada.’

Paris Syndrome A Reality

My husband and…

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Two days ago, I wrote an article where I said, knowing your end game will help you decide what kind of writer you want to become and what path you need to take to get there.

M.A. Mercier, a dear young friend of mine and upcoming prolific writer, wrote, “I don’t understand your reasoning behind ‘genre fiction.’ I consider myself a Passion writer, but my ‘end-game’ is to write literary fiction. My ideal future where I do both content writing and fiction writing.”

Dear Mercier, this article is for you.

You have pulled the words out of my mouth and…


Get back on track in the second half of 2021.

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We are already in June.

Half of 2021 is almost gone.

Remember the things you wrote down in January, the things you wanted to achieve. Your goals. How are they going.

Well, it is time to have a look at them. How are you going with them?

Not good?

Well you are not alone. I am in the same boat. But guess what? There is still time. Each year, around this time, I review my goals and press the RESET button.

This year, I am doing it slightly differently. I am following my favourite artist’s Struthless’s method.

Follow along if…

Knowing that will help plan your strategy.

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When we start writing, we have no idea where we want to go with that. We write because we like to write. We enjoy the process and we continue with it.

Then comes a time when writing takes over our lives.

We want nothing more but to write. Our job becomes a liability. We want to quit as soon as possible so that we can devote more time to writing.

We convince ourselves that we can make an income from writing. If only we can devote more time to it, build a following, write that book, write an article a…

Neera Mahajan

A Whimsical Writer, Editor-in-chief of Authorpreneur

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