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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…
When you love something

Ardain Isma Most people think love can only bring pleasure. Don’t try to tell someone who is passionate about reading or writing such as me. It’s been years since my day would not complete if it doesn’t end either with…
Can a persistent writer win against the odds?

Ardain Isma The answer to this question seems easy. However, in the literary world, nuances and self-centrism are never overtly expressed. Like the old saying, what can’t be openly said is practically demonstrated in actions, not in words. I don’t…