writingby@basilesamel

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On the art of writing

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Oct 23, 2020

More Voice Typing Experiments

I'm writing this article with voice typing to get used to thinking out loud. One of my goals before the end of the year is to publish coding-related content on Tiktok and Youtube, but I feel really self-conscious talking out loud. The first step is to get used to my own voice. My family is probably ...

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Oct 20, 2020

Writing Detailed Book Summaries

When I read a book with the intention of summarizing it, I put unnecessary pressure on my shoulders: instead of feeling and immersing myself in the book, I'm already thinking about what to do with it. It's counter-productive. Taking detailed notes is typically a scholarly approach: you have to go sl...

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Oct 10, 2020

How to Make a Living By Writing

I tried five different business models over the last two years to earn money with my writing habit, but there are only three I would advise to indie writers: book writing, freelancing, and business marketing. The other two are affiliate marketing and donations, but the former requires too much traff...

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Oct 5, 2020

My First Writing Project

I already wanted to write a book when I was about 10 years old. Video games, mangas, anime, and The Lord of the Rings were my main inspirations at the time, so I remember writing a story about a chosen hero in a fantasy world full of magic and mythical beasts. As you might tell from the description,...

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Oct 4, 2020

Will to Write

I will have published more than 300,000 words by the end of the year, so I'm confident I can keep up this daily writing habit for at least another year. When I don't feel like writing, I imagine what I will achieve if I overcome the resistance. 73,000 words if I write 200 words every day for another...

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Sep 27, 2020

The Value of Lost Time

I have two shelves filled with handouts and notes from the days I was studying engineering: one year of college prep school in Lyon, one year of computer sciences in Bordeaux, two years of Telecom engineering in Lyon, and one year of IT business, IT systems, and data science in Stockholm, all of whi...

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Sep 25, 2020

Daily Legacy

If I were to die at midnight, what's one thing I could write that could make the world a better place? That's the question I like to ask myself when I run out of things to write about. I like it so much I scribbled it on a post-it. Confronting ourselves to the inevitability of death is a great way t...

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Aug 28, 2020

Daily Content Creation Pipeline

I want to upgrade my daily content creation habit to video in September. It's a long wish of mine, but I'm finally getting around it: my setup is ready, and I have video format ideas. Unlike my freewheeling daily posts, I want my videos to focus on making web apps and developing features. It's my fa...

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Aug 24, 2020

The Price of a 100 Words

I received my first gigs as a freelance writer between December and March, and it's an experiment I'll remember. I made $3334 in 35 hours of work, so $82 per hour after taxes: being a technical writer pays 4 times more than being a web developer in France by the hour. Needless to say, it pays extrem...

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Aug 22, 2020

How To Use Logs To Easily Write Blog Articles

I log the tasks I accomplish every day on Makerlog, a community of entrepreneurs working in public. It's been 649 days since I started this habit, and I found it extremely beneficial to raise awareness about my work while developing a rock-solid productivity system. Strangely enough, I never thought...

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Aug 8, 2020

The Writing Desk

Working offline doesn't only increase our efficiency at creative tasks like freewriting by making us more mindful—it's also more enjoyable. When I first noticed how fun it was to draft my daily writings in a notebook, I decided I needed to have two desks: one for my laptop monitor, and another one f...

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Aug 5, 2020

Instagram Challenge

A picture paints a thousand words. Or at least, that's what people say. Maybe I don't need to frantically search my mind every day. Maybe I can pick a picture and write down what it whispers to me. It would be amazing, isn't it? Not having to rely on our Muse to tell us what to do. We could open Goo...

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Jul 11, 2020

Trees and Writings

A book is like a tree. A core idea acting as a trunk, from which sections branch out, and at the extremities, ideas as numerous as leaves. It's up to the reader's discretion to find the flowers the fruits. Similarly, the essence of each corpus is that of a plant, with all sorts of shapes and sizes, ...

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Jul 8, 2020

Book Qualities

Books I devour are both didactic and relatable. A book can't just be educative. It also has to be entertaining. Entertainment doesn't equal frivolity. It means emotions, passion, and intrigue. If the book doesn't keep the reader from sleeping at night, it ain't that good, or as Bukowski would say: "...

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Jul 7, 2020

One of these days

It's one of these days. It's 9 PM. I'm exhausted and ready to clock out, but I still have to write my post. I feel like I have been on a cross-country marathon à la Forrest Gump for the past 600 days. My mind keeps running for no apparent reason, or maybe it's too foggy to remember it. I could quit ...

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Jul 4, 2020

Writing for the Week

200 words has been my daily quota of writing for close to 600 days now, but with Summer approaching and the load of work I need to carry to ensure the success of my projects, I'll have to write my daily posts in bulk every week. 200 daily words compound to 1400 weekly. It's far from an impossible ta...

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Aug 1, 2020

My First Blog

I published my first blog in middle school. Back then, the French radio station based in Paris known as Skyrock had released a blog engine called Skyblog, and it was all the rage. It was before Facebook became mainstream. Skyblog enabled you to publish blogs for free, personalize the theme of your w...

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Jun 21, 2020

Script To Video

I want to start a Youtube channel to make my writings come alive. Youtube is one of the best marketing channels out there, and I am very curious about learning the skills video publishing requires. The problem is I don't have any process to keep me going. Let's try to put things into perspective and...

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Jun 16, 2020

Faster Reading

I'm trying to read more non-fiction books. I still have so much to learn, and yet I only read one book per month. It has to change. The problem is probably my reading methodology. Reading books twice takes too much time. I like to go through a whole book while sitting comfortably in a chair with my ...

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Jun 12, 2020

Dead Writings

As a beginning writer, I used to worry about the length of my posts. When you ask Google the optimal length for a blog post, you find anything between 1000 and 2000 words. The truth is we shouldn't settle on a specific length. What's more important is the process to become a prolific writer, meaning...

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Jun 9, 2020

June 2020 Writing Review

I have just reached the 600 public posts milestone. That's a bit more than 250,000 words of content that I'll eventually have to curate and refine into bigger, better work. My content is divided into 6 main collections: writing, tech, productivity, product/entrepreneurship, nomading, and miscellaneo...

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Jun 6, 2020

Writing and Remote Work

The rise of remote work comes with new communication challenges that are especially difficult to deal with for technical experts. I studied telecom engineering for three years, and not once did I receive training to improve my written communication skills. It's terrifying to imagine that most of my ...

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Jun 2, 2020

Writing Last

I'm trying to leave writing as the last activity of the day. I must have tried every schedule possible. When I try to write first thing in the morning, I often tend to spend too much time thinking about what I want to write about. During the afternoon, I'm too tired or busy to think. Waiting for the...

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Jun 4, 2020

The Poet's Eyes

Life is never boring to the poet, for his eyes can find beauty in the menial. This ability is particularly interesting for truth seekers: if you can find truth in everything, you can learn from and sublime anything you lie your eyes on. There is no such thing as boring people, only illusions to see ...

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