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 (33)

Index: Learning (19)

Index: Life (24)

Index: Productivity (19)

Index: Self Improvement (13)

Index: Short Stories (6)

Index: Travel Stories (20)

Index: Writing (53)

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. …

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Lately, I have been able to free up more time during the day while writing much more than I ever did.

I don’t feel as stressed as I used to and have much more time reading books, going for walks, and even watching TV.

I attribute my current productivity to five changes I have made in the past few months.

Here they are without much ado.

1. Use a timer

The timer has become my #1 productivity tool. I have become very diligent in using a timer while writing. …


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This week I turned sixty.

While there weren’t many options to celebrate amongst the six-week-long lockdown where I live, there was plenty of time to reflect on the six decades that I have spent on this planet.

While God’s Human Creation department forgot some ingredients while making me, his Good Fortune department compensated for those errors by giving me a good set of parents and a stable upbringing.

Both my parents were teachers who gave me a solid foundation to face life’s trials and tribulations. Of course, I had my fair share of those. But, what they did most was…

A proven strategy to make a living from your writing.

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The year was 2020. Pandemic had hit. Michelle Kulp, a struggling writer, made a bold announcement on social media.

“I am going to write and publish a book a month.”

The day she started her first book, her daughter moved in with a two-year-old child. She had separated from her husband.

“Have you ever imagined writing a book with a toddler in the house,” moaned Michelle.

But Michelle didn’t let that deter her. She was determined to keep her commitment. …


Part 5— A trip of a lifetime to Turkey, Egypt, and Jordan

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After spending a day in the City of Troy and Acropolis in Pergamon, we drove to Kusadasi. Kusadasi is a coastal town developed from old villages and new resorts. We reached there at night and were greeted by a beautiful view of the harbor.

Day 4 — An update on writing my second book

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The hardest part of writing a book is writing the first draft.

That’s until you have written it.

Once you have knocked it down, it becomes the easiest part. Then editing becomes the most painful activity.

For the last four days, I am grappling with how to tell the story of my inner critic.

My first approach was to construct various conversations between the two of us, make them funny and yet insightful.

That still is the goal.

But if you have written anything in your life, you would know that thoughts rarely portray on paper as well as they…

Travel. Turkey. Instanbul. West Asia.

Part 4— A trip of a lifetime to Turkey, Egypt, and Jordan.

Acropolis of Pergamon — Image by the author

After a long tiring day in Gallipoli, we woke up early the next morning and checked out from our hotel in Çanakkale to head for the archeological site of Troy.

If you are surprised that the famous ancient city of Troy is in Turkey, you are not the only one. A history lover, I was astounded and excited to visit the city made famous by Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey.

Even though the weather forecast showed a clear and warm day, it turned out to be a fiercely cold and windy day.

Once we reached the site, our guide Ahmed gathered…

It is about conversations with my inner critic.

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I have been silent for a few days because I was up to something.

From Friday, my city is in lockdown for the first time in 2021. It is the strictest one this time, which means no gym, no yoga session, or unexpected family and friends' visits. One week of full ownership of my time.

That is when the idea popped into my head.

Why not this week to write the next book?

Some of you already know that I wrote a book in a week in June.

Despite my good intentions, I couldn’t repeat the performance in July.


Removing little frustrations can lead to big gains

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We all cope with many little frustrations every day.

The fridge needs cleaning. “I will do it when I have a bit of time,” you tell yourself. Days pass by, and you don’t get around to clean the damn thing. But every time you open it, you feel frustrated.

Rosebush needs pruning. It is about time. In 2 – 3 weeks, it will be too late. “I will do them when I have a free hour.” But, of course, you never get the free hour. You keep putting up with its long protruding tentacles every time you walk past it.

Or they are mere second-rate writers who couldn’t be published traditionally.

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A well-meaning reader asked me a question, “Do you consider self-published authors, authors?

I said to him that I would write an article to respond to his question.

The first thing I want to establish is what an author is?

The Oxford dictionary defines an author as “a writer of a book, article, or document.”

That is heartening to know. This means if someone has written a document at work, she is an author too. Author of that document. A creator of a piece of work.

According to Wikipedia, “an author is the creator or originator of any written work…

Neera Mahajan

A Whimsical Writer, Editor-in-chief of Authorpreneur

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