How to become an artist

writerIt seems to me that we spend our childhood building our initial vision of the world. We do our best trying to answer as many questions as possible, and in our eagerness to understand everything around us, we name things and label them and we think that we’re absolutely certain that things are exactly how we see them.

And I also feel that we always return to this initial vision. Continue reading

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On Blogging: Why?

blogingWhy? Why blog? Why choose to spend a lot of time writing down words so people from all over the world read them?

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On Blogging: Do I Have Something To Say?

bloggingI’ve been blogging for a little over five years now. It’s been fun. I’ve got the chance to connect with people from all over the world and learn new stuff. Also, I kind of realized my words matter.

But the guy who’s sitting in his chair, staring at his computer screen, asking himself whether or not to start a blog might be wondering if he has something to say. Continue reading

Mentorship Program

Disclaimer: This is not one of those arrogant moments when I pretend to be an expert in something as volatile and unpredictable as the online world, but I do like to believe that my five years of blogging have offered me enough experience to be able to assist others too.

That being said, I am announcing a Mentorship Program (if you click on the link you’ll be directed on a page on my e-store and read the usual marketing promo bullshit anyone uses these days). But I am not in the business of promoting stuff that doesn’t work, or doing work that I do not believe in.

This is not going to school. This is not some courses, a few pages you get to read, some pictures, and that’s that. This is not some how-to guide I am selling. This is not a shortcut to becoming successful as a blogger.

This is a human experience. Like, you, what people used to do back in 95 or whatever. By that I mean that you get to talk to me. A lot. That you get to have real feedback, real advice based on what you are trying to accomplish.

This program I am offering includes:

  • Unlimited access to me (via e-mail, Facebook, WhatsApp, you name it.)
  • Four hour-long sessions on Skype.

If there’s something about the WordPress platform you’d like to know, about setting up certain social media accounts and developing them, something about style, about writing the posts themselves, about SEO, about the visual aspect and optimizing your website for best results, about readers and how to make sure they keep coming back for more, I’m your guy.

Really.

This is me. This is what I have accomplished in five years. My credentials, so to speak.

But, like I previously stated, my philosophy is this: I am not your teacher. I am not some blogging guru. But I do know a thing or two, and I’d like to offer you as much information and feedback as possible. In a way that inspires and motivates you. In a way that encourages you to go down this path and not feel like you’re blindly walking through a tunnel, hoping to reach the light at the end of it.

I am going to be honest. I am going to tell you as it is. I am going to tell you what needs to be done. I am going to put in a lot of time and effort to making you a lot better than you were before.

That being said, the program costs $249.99. This is for a month, so to speak.

I do not expect you to need more than a month of mentorship.

But I also believe in what I know and what I can teach you, so I’ll offer this: a money back guarantee.

You don’t like the program, you get a full refund. But you won’t.

You’ll like what I have to tell you about blogging. You can check this interview here.

Mentorship Program to be found here.

Interview with Trevor Elms

Today, an interview with the man behind Trevor’s Notepad.

First of all, tell a little bit about yourself

My name is Trevor Elms, I am a professional graphic designer living and working in Denver, CO, U.S.A. I am bi-polar, a college dropout, recovering addict, and former criminal. I have spent the last 8 years or so trying to make something of myself as a functioning adult and member of society. Now that I feel like I am in a comfortable place professionally and personally, I have begun to write again which is my very favorite thing to do. It gives me great release from the daily struggles of life.

What made you decide to start a blog? Continue reading

Letting Go

booksHere’s another thing that I do and might actually be of help to you: I write a story, a blog post, a novel, and then I let it go. Of course, not before I rewrite and edit the hell out of it. But I always let it go. The moment it goes live on Amazon or whatever, it’s no longer my book.

Not sure if it makes much sense. Continue reading

Write about what you know

Write about what you know. This is one of the well known “rules” of fiction writing. Some writers have even taken it too far, and they only write about stuff they’ve been practically obsessing about for at least ten years.

In a way, we all write about ourselves; a part of our subconscious always resurfaces when we’re writing a story, no matter how far apart from our own lives we try to set it. Sadly, most writers try too hard not to involve their personal lives, their pasts, into the stories they’re writing.

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