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Motivation and Discipline in the literary journey

Ardain Isma When someone says it takes a lot to be a multitasked professional, he means just that: it takes a lot, a whole lot. Consequently, when you’re an individual who lives a professional life, trying to be a prolific…
Writing your novel in one year?

Ardain Isma Believe it or not, some people say it’s not impossible. I don’t disagree, but I’m curious to know how. I’m a novelist—a struggling one with no pretense, for I know in the literary world, being chichi can produce…
A holistic approach to literary success

Ardain Isma In literature, like in everything else, to be relevant is to be yourself in the most unique way possible. Mimicking others in an attempt to secure a piece of their fame will not work, for it will make…
The editing process: a tedious task

Ardain Isma It’s not easy to write long prose without going through the treacherous process of editing. I can comfortably say that it’s impossible to publish through self-editing. Why? Because conceiving a manuscript feels like a woman in labor in…