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Never so far have I put the necessary diligence into my writing. Hence, calling it 'my writing' is just as inappropriate as saying ‘I’m studying English’ when all I do is watching the occasional movie in English. On the 14th May 2013 I took a firm decision to offer this matter its due importance, so that I can steer this activity of mine from a mere wish or possibly a hobby into a profession at some stage in the future. I was determined to take my first step by being diligent every morning, for the following 21 days, by writing a little until a pleasurable habit would form. In order to simplify my task, I decided to pay more attention to the aspect of diligence and less on the content and its inherent literary value. My aim was the habit formation, not the masterpiece.
In retrospect, I can say that I’m satisfied with the result of my exercise. 98% of the times I doggedly sat down at 6 o'clock in the morning to fill my pages. On one occasion I ran out of coffee so the quality was less than expected, on another occasion I simply applied the "mañana principle".
Some of the essays I wrote during this time
Writing would be futile without readers. After all, you know how the joke goes: "If Eve wasn’t there to listen to Adam… would he still be wrong?"
It’s your turn, my good friends to tell me sincerely if this is any good. Here’s a random selection of my articles - less than 21, as some of my work was confidential at times, or it was designed as part of my book project in progress. At other times I just added content to previous essays on the list below, instead of starting a new one.
The Biggest Project, 5 years down the line
Well, my life took me some unexpected routes since last time I wrote on this website, but I never gave up writing. In fact, I have made some sacrifices in the meanwhile, in order to just keep going with my writing.
For a few months, I have written a crucial piece on the topic of Open Access for my studies. This was a new challenge - a learning curve I've been waiting to do for years! My dissertation was handed in within the original deadline and it secured me a Master's with merit on graduation in December 2018. More about this in a while, certainly after a break during Christmas and a pressing job-hunting stint in early 2019.
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Here we shall build some lessons to help you improve your writing skills.
Lots of lessons: cause & effect, comparisons, linking signals, relative clauses, presenting information, expressing emotions and grammar games, of course. We had more lessons on: intensifying adverbs and phrasal verbs, expressing various concepts such as addition, exception, restriction and ambiguity. Lately we started some exercises: likes/dislikes, frequency adverbs (twice), verb tenses, etc.
Learn how to build a website, by using the SBI! system - start from the basics, developing a site concept and a niche, supply and demand, learn about profitability and monetization, payment processing, register domain, website structure and content as a pyramid. Also learn about the tools I'm using to build this website. We also covered how to build traffic, working with search engines, building a good system of inbound links, using social marketing and blogs with the SBI system, how to use Socialize It and Form Build It, how to publish an e-zine and how to build a social network in your niche.
We looked at a few games by now: Countable & uncountable nouns, Free Rice, Name That Thing, Spell It, Spelloween, the Phrasal Verbs Game, Preposition Desert, The Sentence Game, Word Confusion, Word Wangling, Buzzing Bees, and The Verb Viper Game.
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