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Distilling what I learned from 2020 and life’s fragile balance

My journey had both iterations and evolutions. Source: Nidemigod at DeviantArt.

There is no sense of dreaming when your hands aren’t riddled with calluses (those bits roughened by friction).

If you want one major takeaway from my experience, it would be this: consistency is everything. I’ve got my pieces into some incredible publications whose articles reach millions every day. Some of them even featured on news sites. Not every article will land. For every piece that did well in terms of reach, several lie forgotten. But each one of them helped me hone my writing.
2020 taught me that life is about throwing as many darts as you can into the dark.

The first post at @antoccino, an Instagram account to showcase my work. Source: Image created by the author.

2020 changed everything

“If you wanted to write a novel, you’d have written one by now.”

He didn’t mean that I had to rush things. The professor understood that I was someone who played it safe and would not pen a novel until I was ready. And until then, a conventional job was a better bet. Trying to keep the fire in my heart alive would serve as a test of endurance for what I intended to write. As luck would have it, I got a placement offer from a reputed engineering firm. Serving two masters was a safe choice but arriving at the crossroads is inevitable. But that day is not today.

My achievements at a glance. Source: Image created by the author.

A lucky(?) break

  • If you have to pick between quantity and quality, pick quantity (surprise). Constantly iterating on a piece means little if you don’t put it out there.
  • You can’t write 30 terrible pieces in a row. Publishing your work makes it open to criticism, letting you learn from your mistakes.

Next came the little wins.

Comments trickled in. The first negative comment gave me a sense of accomplishment. It meant that my writing was worth a damn. James Burns accepted a piece into Superjump, Medium’s most active gaming publication. His support gave me the confidence to double down on my dream and share my work on different platforms (cue the car salesman). And fellow writers over at the Superjump Discord chat provided a safe haven for discussions of all kinds. The sting of rejections stopped bothering me. And the wins grew both in size and number.

Manifesting the future

I didn’t earn a cent from Medium but I gained a priceless sense of fulfillment.

I haven’t forgotten why I’ve started. The gears have been grinding in the background to manifest a saga based on Arabian mythology. In addition to two unpublished novellas (rejections aplenty), I’ve also spent the last year reading an obscene amount of fantasy novels. I don’t feel guilty about consuming content since I get to pass it off as research. With all due respect, I’m not going to give a launch date and pull a George R. R. Martin on you. All I’m saying is that Orijinns is happening. Someday.

Hello there! Antony here. Source: Image captured by the author.

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Antony Terence

0.2M+ views. 5x Top Writer. Warping between games, tech, and fiction. Yes, that includes to-do lists. Words in IGN, Kotaku AU, SUPERJUMP, The Startup, and more.