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.
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. …
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…
The three-country packaged tour of Turkey we are doing had only one day for Istanbul, which was really disappointing. Istanbul was on my list for a long time and I wanted to see all the main attractions.
It turned out that with a bit of prior knowledge and planning, you can cover a lot in a day.
Most of Istanbul’s attractions are concentrated in one area. They are within walking distance, which makes it easier because by walking you can avoid traffic jams in old Istanbul, which can have you stranded for hours.
You think there is a book in you.
It might be a memoir, or it might just be a novel. You are not sure.
Some scenes keep playing in your head again and again. You have even met the protagonist.
She comes into your dreams and talks to you. She has shared some secrets with you—just some. You know there are more secrets, but when you ask, she remains quiet. Then she disappears. You push her to the back of your mind and get on with your life. …
This year, in mid-April, I set myself an outrageous challenge. To write 100 articles in 100 days. It was outrageous because I averaged just 2–3 articles a week, spending 5–6 hours per article.
If I were to make article writing an integral part of my routine, I have to reduce that time to 1–2 hours per article.
The only way I knew how to achieve that was to follow Violinist Hilary Hahn’s 100 Days of practice model. So I announced my crazy idea and started keeping the score on Austin Kleon’s PRACTICE to SUCK LESS grid.
Do you know what we writers lack?
A proper curriculum to do develop writing skills.
Most of us have embarked on writing without any proper training. Some like me got into it because our writing sucked, and we wanted to get better at it.
No wonder writing is such a hard skill to master.
Every other artistic field has a way of teaching the basics. Two years ago, I learned how to draw cartoons. I followed a curriculum for six months that taught me all the basics. Once I learned that all I needed to do was practice every day…
The term “work-life balance” is so common that it has lost its meaning.
Ask a bunch of people what work-life balance is for them, and they all will come with a different meaning.
Balance means a state of equilibrium, a condition where everything is still and in equal proportion.
Have you ever had a day when either your work or your life was still? Do you spend your time in equal proportion on work and life?
This suggestion of work-life balance is based on the assumption that work is bad, and life is good; spend more time on life and…
Kevin’s 1000 True Fans concept was made popular by many gurus of online audience-building and monetization, just like Malcolm Gladwells made Anders Ericsson’s 10,000-hour practice rule popular through his book Outlier.
Kevin Kelly’s idea was simple but novel. He wrote:
To be a successful creator you don’t need millions. You don’t need millions of dollars or millions of customers, millions of clients or millions of fans. …
2019 was the best year for traveling. At least for my husband and me.
I had finished working, and my younger daughter got married and was out of the house. My husband and I were free to travel. And traveled we did.
We made three trips in 2019, but the last one, a four-week trip to Turkey, Egypt, and Jordan, was by far the best. Memories of that trip have helped us survive the never-ending lockdowns of 2020 and now 2021.
I will share those memories here, so you too can enjoy these beautiful Mediterranian countries from the comfort of…