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: Learning (17)
Index: Life (19)
Index: Productivity (14)
Index: Writing (39)
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. With my non-fiction, I help other writers get better at their craft, self-publishing and marketing their work.
I live in Canberra, which is the capital of Australia.
I started my writing journey through a blog in 2018 and started writing on Medium in July 2020. In November 2020, I started a Substack newsletter A Whimsical Writer to help new writers establish themselves as authorpreneurs. In January 2021 I started a publication in Medium, Authorpreneur, to achieve the same purpose.
Although I always wanted to write, I was not good at it. Years ago, during a performance appraisal, my boss told me that the only thing that is standing between me and a senior-management role is my written English.
Rather than getting disheartened, I accepted the challenge and took writing as a hobby. But instead of concentrating just on business writing, I enrolled in a life story writing course where I started writing stories from my life.
Being a migrant I was worried that many of my childhood stories were going to be lost. My parents were getting old, my country of birth(India) was going through modernization and I was not visiting it often enough to keep the connection. I wanted to record my parents’ stories and my own stories for future generations so that they know what growing up was like in the mid-sixties.
It was one of the best decisions of my life. Writing stories not only improved my written English (I won the senior management role within two years) but helped me realized the importance of storytelling.
I now believe that the only thing that survives after we are gone is our stories. We, humans, are born storytellers, yet we don’t take time to record our stories. Many of our stories die within us because we don’t realize their power. What is mundane and ‘no-big-deal’ for us might be inspirational for others. The best articles on Medium and other blogs are the ones that have personal stories from the writers.
Besides writing I have many other passions. One of them is drawing. Unlike writing I was good at drawing in primary school, but hadn’t touched it all through my adult life.
Last year, I did an online cartooning course. Ms. Jolly, a cartoon character, came into being during the course. Fully formed with a personality of her own. Within weeks she took over my creative process and started dictating not only how I draw but how I write. I think she is my alter-ego. She is daring, witty, confident, and street-smart. She is now the energy behind all my creative work.
I think I can stop here. You can read more of my stories and Ms Jolly’s influence on my work by subscribing to my newsletter A Whimsical Writer.