How I Grew from 0 to 10,000 Views a Month and How You Can Too

5 Lesons Learned from a Year of Writing and Publishing.

Writing is both fun and hard. Reaching out and engaging with people can sometimes be intimidating, but highly rewarding too. I know it isn’t easy, but it all comes down to acting upon your dreams and your goals. To consistently work on your writing, to get out of your comfort zone, reach out and enjoy the wonderful journey.

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How to Side Hustle your Writing Career While Working Full-Time – #1: Making Time

Part 1: 5 Tips for Finding the Time to Work on Your Side Hustle

To work on a side hustle, you have to make time for it. Since time is an expense you can only expend once, you’ll have to choose carefully what you spend your time on. You’ll have to make sacrifices.

Learn how you can carve out time during the week to spend time on your side project.

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Overcoming adversity and stress through writing

For the past couple of months, I’ve felt stress as I’ve never felt before. This is largely due to troubles within my company. I feel overwhelmed by what’s happening, by new opportunities, by possible financial insecurity and by the general uncertainty of it all.

Luckily, there is one thing I enjoy so much, it makes my days brighter. Something I am pursuing every moment I get off and something that I had always dreamed about. Writing.

To write is to escape in worlds of my own imagination. Worlds I can adjust to my own liking. To be someone else through my characters. To find answers to life’s questions in their journey. For me it is one of the best ways to calm myself down.

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Lessons from Perennial Seller (summary)

There is one book that has provided me with the most insight when it comes to both creating stories as well as finding an audience for them: Perennial Seller by Ryan Holiday.

I will share the lessons I’ve learned, tested and applied along the structure of the book. Which, hopefully, you can apply to your writing as well (assuming you are a writer). Naturally, I recommend to read the book, it’s gold. Whether you are a writer, entrepreneur, musician, painter, anything.

Spoiler alert: the tactics described in the book really work! I’ve used them to approach Ryan Holiday himself – and I got a reply with some valuable advice. I’ve applied this, and it is already starting to bear its fruit. But more on that later.

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The right resources for your writing (when English is your second language)

In this blogpost I want to share some tips and resources for starting your stories, especially when you don’t have a degree in English or Literature (like me). I view it as the best advice I have ever encountered for when it comes to writing fiction - study the greats, but with a twist.

In addition, I want to share some resources about self-publishing and example authors. Also, what are – in my opinion – the pros and cons of self publishing vs. traditional publishing?

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How to structure your writing ideas

Making lists to structure your writing ideas for a novel, short stories, non-fiction work, blogs posts, anything is great to organize all your thoughts.

I keep a note in my Notes app in which I type out all ideas I have. They can be concrete story ideas, lists of subjects I want to write about, morals, pieces of dialogue or sentences that pop up in my mind. 

Write down what inspires you. Choose topics that you’re excited about, that (literally) keep you up at night. Topics you want to teach your (future) children about. Soon you’ll find you get ideas from everything. From a situation you encountered at the grocery store, to a newspaper article, to a great film. 

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