Diary of an indie writer, by Jas

Sharing my writing journey as it unfolds...πŸ‘£

Next month will mark the two-year birthday of the Indie Author blog, the project which eventually became the book I’m releasing in a couple of weeks’ time.

At the heart of this book is raw and honest stories of writers – and their writing.

Which is why I’ve been asking myself recently what writing means to me.

To help me answer that question, I’ve put together a video – with pictures – which looks back on my writing journey from my primary school days up until today (including a 10-year pause in the middle).

It took me a while to put this together, but I loved looking back on my writing journey and engaging with memories that had been laying dormant.

This is part 1 of my writing journey:

To experience it in full – with those pictures I mentioned – πŸŽ₯ here’s the video.

Or, you can πŸ”‰ listen via podcast.

I hope you enjoy it, and perhaps it might invite you to think about your own journey with writing – or whichever creative outlet is the most meaningful to you.

by,

Jas

πŸ“ Wednesday, 18th August, 2021

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Hi, I’m Jas 😊 I’m a writer and soon-to-be author who has been publishing my writing since 2015. This is my weekly diary to document my writing journey & share my tips on writing, self-publishing and making money from books, sustainably 🌱

πŸ“” To receive these diary entries as I publish them + buy a discounted copy of my book, The Indie Author, subscribe here.

I'm just checking in briefly this Sunday to share something new a friend & I started recently.

Sasa & I spent time together in Madeira, and we decided to start a casual podcast where we just chat about our indie journeys – as an indie maker (Sasa) and indie writer (me).

There have already been things I've shared in these conversations that I don't recall sharing anywhere else, like how much I've made as an indie writer to date... and why I used to dread going to Indian weddings as I've navigated this crazy ol' indie path.

You can listen to our first 2 conversations here, via Spotify + other podcast platforms, here:

πŸ”‰ anchor.fm/indies


I've also narrated the announcement I made earlier in the week about the new direction I am taking.

You can watch it πŸ“Ί here, and there's a little surprise at the end too...


And finally, I had a great time at Micro Camp this weekend, a community of fellow (micro)bloggers. I gave a (pre-recorded) talk titled 'The Joy of Long-form Writing', and others I enjoyed including one called: 'Want to write a book? You probably already have'.

There was also an intoduction + Q&A given by the Micro Blog team of Manton & Jean, about this refreshing platform & community of bloggers that is micro.blog.

You can watch all of the replays for free, by registering πŸ–±οΈ on this page and then clicking on the 'Videos' tab once you're inside.


Next week, I'm looking forward to sharing my writing journey as part of the launch process for The Indie Author book. :)

by,

Jas

πŸ“ Sunday, 15th August, 2021

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Hi, I’m Jas 😊 I’m a writer and soon-to-be author who has been publishing my writing since 2015. This is my weekly diary to document my writing journey & share my tips on writing, self-publishing and making money from books, sustainably 🌱

πŸ“” To receive these diary entries as I publish them + buy a discounted copy of my book, The Indie Author, subscribe here.

I'm feeling the pull to produce more art and share it, stepping deeper into my own identity as an indie artist – and to help other indie writers do the same, building fans and an income around their creative work.

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So I've got something to share with you today.

In October, it'll be 3 years since I started IntrovertJedi, the blog that later became this one: INF Club.

As I've reflected on the future of the blog in recent weeks, I've noticed that I'm being pulled in a slightly different direction.

Or, perhaps, a renewed direction. Let me explain...

Since I left my corporate job 6 years ago, it feels like I've been slowly peeling back the laters and coming closer to my intuitive, creative centre.

Indeed, many of the the INFPs, INFJs & intuitives I've connected with, resonated with and interviewed for the podcast (and on the blog) have been those who are writers, or otherwise creatives or multi-passionates.

I've noticed the excitement and passion I've felt when connecting with other artists, whether it's through listening to a podcast, on twitter, or in real life. These inevitably tend to be creative souls who are trying to make an income from their art – whether they are authors, musicians, or artists.

The majority of these people seem to be iNtuitives, and I'm sure many of them are INFPs and INFJs – even those who haven't taken the test, of which there are many.

As I get ready to launch The Indie Author book, I've been reflecting on my journey with the project and the why behind my writing and why it means so much to me. My time in Madeira has also been an opportunity to come back to centre and connect with my intuition, and the dots seem to be pulling me in the same direction.

It feels like the start of a new chapter.

I'm still figuring things out, but it feels like my focus is changing to indie artists, and especially those who write – the authors and the poets who are putting their words down, sharing it with the world, and stepping into making an income from it... perhaps even being full-time artists.

I've come across few examples of folks β€œout there” who are walking this indie artist path and have made it a β€œthing”. Folks like Joanna Penn (indie author) and Charlotte Erikksen (indie musician).

And now that I'm about to publish my first book, I'm feeling the pull to produce more art and share it, stepping deeper into my own identity as an indie artist – and to help other indie writers do the same, building fans and an income around their creative work.

I've been blogging for 6 years now, learning as I go, and I've started making an online income too. I'm now wanting to step into my growing identity as a writer, as an indie artist, sharing what I'm up to and what I'm learning along the way, so that others can walk the path with me too.

I know that many of you who have been following my journey with INF Club are writers and multi-passionates. I've interviewed several of you for the podcast, and connected with even more of you via twitter, over a call, or through the Mastermind Programmes that I've run these last couple of years.

I hope you'll stay along for the ride as my new chapter begins, but if what I'm up to no longer resonates with you there are no hard feelings at all.

Either way, it felt right for me to share these thoughts with you before the release of the book. I thought about holding off until the next month but, honestly, it felt right to share this now. It's been building more and more in recent weeks, and I felt ready to share this with you before I start giving the book – and the stories of the 50 self-published authors it contains – the sort of launch promotion I feel it deserves.

We live in an exciting time where making money from our art as independent creatives is an actual thing. It's a path we can choose to take, and The Indie Author shares the raw and honest stories of writers all over the world who have done exactly that.

In the coming weeks, you'll notice me stepping more into this new direction myself, and this will be reflected in the things I share on the newsletter, as well as the on the podcast/YouTube. I'm also currently in the process of creating a new home for the blog (I'm looking forward to sharing that with you soon).

In the meantime, you're welcome to connect with me on twitter, @jasraj0, where you can see some of what's happening behind the scenes.

Thank you for following my journey so far, and being patient as I navigate this next part of it. Whilst I step into this new direction, I'll continue to surround myself with the intuitive souls who have nourished and supported me in the last couple of years.

More than anything, that intuitive, sensitive, INFP part of me is me – and I'll only be leaning into it more in the weeks and months that lie ahead. Next week, I'll be recording another conversation with my writer friend Lauren Sapala, where we'll be talking about managing our energy as sensitive souls. It's so important to continue these conversations around our intuition & sensitivity.

So here's to us intuitive, creative souls and here's to new directions.

And with all that being said, here's to wishing that each of us becomes exactly who we are meant to be...

Over the coming couple of weeks, I can't wait to step into the launch of The Indie Author, and to share with you the journey I've been on with this project.

by,

Jas

update: I also made a recording for this piece, with a little surprise at the end too | you can πŸ“Ί watch or πŸŽ™οΈ listen.

please note: this was original shared on INF Club, the blog I ran before starting β€˜Diary of an indie writer’ in August 2021.

πŸ“ Thursday, 12th August, 2021

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Hi, I’m Jas 😊 I’m a writer and soon-to-be author who has been publishing my writing since 2015. This is my weekly diary to document my writing journey & share my tips on writing, self-publishing and making money from books, sustainably 🌱

πŸ“” To receive these diary entries as I publish them + buy a discounted copy of my book, The Indie Author, subscribe here.

Two weeks back here in the UK, and it feels like I'm right at home again.

As I edge closer to releasing my book, The Indie Author, I can feel the energy building as I now move into the promotion of the book, whilst I also finish editing the final version before converting it into the e-book format I'm distributing it in.

With the book being finished and launch content being put together as I do so, this all feels like enough for me to be getting on with for now. My other commitments are mostly the newsletter, which I'm using to share the launch content, and various calls I have scheduled.

I've also been feeling out a new direction for INF Club, and on which has become clearer recent weeks. In short, I think like to focus more on writers who want to make a living as independent artists.

I've realised that – for now – I needed to focus on getting this book out. There's still work to be done there and, as a project nearly two years in the making and one that's meaningful to me, I can definitely feel some gentle resistance as I approach the finish line. I just need to give myself permission to focus on this and this alone – the book.

In the meantime, I am gently putting a new website together (I've decided on a platform having done some research and had a couple of conversations with indie founders).

Other than that, my parents have been away this week so I have had the house to myself. This has made for lonely evenings, though I've had the benefit of independence and space – the sort I had become accustomed to in Madeira, albeit I was never living alone whilst I was there.

I enjoyed visiting my brother and his girlfriend last Friday, having dinner with my grandparents this evening, and seeing my cousins yesterday. It's been a strange couple of years not really seeing (extended) family whilst the pandemic has been happening. Re-connecting feels nice.

As well as putting together content for the launch – which is involving 'new things' like scripting YouTube videos, recording them in chunks and editing them – I've got various calls coming up, like I seem to consistently have each week. I've gotten used to having connection calls, partly for the joy of having nourishing conversations, and partly with the view to having guests for the podcast; right now, though, I'm needing to conserve my energy and also give myself permission to not feel obliged to invite so many people onto the podcast. Especially whilst I have a busy month, and also whilst I am still navigating my new direction. I'm just going to be honest with myself and those people I am having calls with.

It feels important for me to remain present and give myself space in and amongst everything that's going on at the moment.

It's all too tempting to pile my plate high in attempt to avoid some of the feelings underneath; and I know deep down that going slowly and being intentional is how I'd like to operate.

So, this month is for The Indie Author.

I am trusting that with pause and with patience my next steps will become clearer as I step into a new direction, one that's becoming clearer but still isn't completrely in my focus as yet.

Again, I suspect the answer lies in slowing down and pausing even more, rather than speed up and fill my plate.

I'll be taking this reminder with me into the coming week.

by,

Jas

πŸ“ Sunday 8th August, 2021

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Hi, I’m Jas 😊 I’m a writer and soon-to-be author who has been publishing my writing since 2015. This is my weekly diary to document my writing journey & share my tips on writing, self-publishing and making money from books, sustainably 🌱

πŸ“” To receive these diary entries as I publish them + buy a discounted copy of my book, The Indie Author, subscribe here.

Hey everyone,

So I've been easing myself back into suburban London life, and I have to admit it's been nice settling back into the familiarity that is β€œhome”.

I arrived back exactly a week ago last Sunday afternoon, and so I was here for the start of the week. I'd enjoyed my short walks downhill to the co-working space in Madeira, and I quite fancied giving myself a gentle morning 'commute' when I woke on Monday morning.

I felt grateful as I walked through Bushy Park, past a group of deeper and then to a coffee shop to start my morning's work. The very same coffee shop I am writing this newsletter from, in fact. Ending my week how I started it...

I'm reminding myself that there is adventure to be found even when I'm at home. It's just a case of mixing things up, making a little effort, and allowing myself to be grateful for the things I have accessible to me.

I wonder if you might be able to think about how you can incorporate some adventure into your own weekly life?

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My primary focus at the moment has been to get The Indie Author book finished and prepare for its launch, which I can't wait to share with you.

There isn't an INF Cub podcast episode this week, but I wanted to share with you a short recording I made with my friend Sasa a couple of weeks ago. Sasa & I first connected via the IndieHackers forum over a video call (two, actually) earlier in the year, before we both found ourselves at the digital nomad village in Madeira.

We ended up spending a bunch of time together, finding solace in our both being 'indies' in the village (the majority of nomads were either employed or freelancers), and we shared many conversations about all sorts of stuff, from indie stuff to emotions to politics(!).

We decided to record a conversation about why we chose this 'doing our own thing' path, a conversation between two indies, if you will.

(We also recording a conversation for the INF Club podcast which I'll be sharing in the future, pic below)

We share how we started our indie journeys, and what we were doing back in our conventional, corporate lives. We also shared how much we were earning previously, and I share how much money I have made from INF Club to date (though, since recording, I've actually calculated that I've made more than twice as much in earnings than I had guess-timated).

As my 2-year Indie Author project nears its end with the release of the book, it was nice fo me to connect back with my original why – why it is I'm so passionate about this indie movement – and why it was I left the corporate world.

It's a little over 30 minutes in length, and you can listen to the raw audio using the link below:

πŸ‘‰ https://anchor.fm/indies/episodes/How-we-started-our-indie-journeys-and-what-this-podcast-is-about-e14udod

update: you can now listen on other podcast platforms, too

Feel free to tweet us (@SasaCocic and @Jasraj0) if you enjoyed listening, we're thinking about having more of these conversations & would love to know if you'd be open to listening in on them (:

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As well as being energising and nourishing, the time I spent away has also helped me grow strong in my indie identity, and helped me become clearer about the work I want to do – and who I want to serve – going forward.

I look forward to sharing the journey with you as it unfolds.

by,

Jas

πŸ“ Sunday, 1st August, 2021

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Hi, I’m Jas 😊 I’m a writer and soon-to-be author who has been publishing my writing since 2015. This is my weekly diary to document my writing journey & share my tips on writing, self-publishing and making money from books, sustainably 🌱

πŸ“” To receive these diary entries as I publish them + buy a discounted copy of my book, The Indie Author, subscribe here.

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