23 July 2015

Welcome to AWISL

I see you’ve found my new website!

Welcome to AWISL: Authors Writing In a Second Language.

If you have been following my blog at idblind.blogpost.com, then you know I have been planning this website for a while. At last it’s ready! As I've said before, I am going to review books and discuss my experience as an indie author who writes in a foreign language. If there are certain topics that interest you, share them with me, and I’ll tell you about my experience. Staying faithful to my promise about helping newbie authors, I will try to answer all of your questions.

If you have come to this website, then I suppose your biggest problem is writing in a foreign language, which in our case is English. On one of these days I will write about famous authors who had chosen this same path and why you should do that too, but as for now, I will give you one very important advice: If you want to write in English, then you need to read in English. A lot. Every day. You may not like it, but I advise you to read only in English. That’s what I’ve been doing for the last 3 years. I even read the Russian classics in English. I have to admit it’s a bit sad, because I love Russian and Armenian (my native tongue) languages, but I also love the idea of being a published author and having readers who love my work. Everyone needs to sacrifice something. And don’t forget that we, the AWISLs, might have to sacrifice more than the rest. We also have to work thrice more, and thrice harder. So, if an author needs to spend at least 4 hours a day writing, we need 12. If an author needs to spend at least 3 hours a day reading, we need 9.

Yes, I know.

But who said this was going to be easy? I’ve been doing this for 3 years, and I still hate what I write, and get depressed, and bang my head against the keyboard, and cry and moan and drive myself crazy.

But it’s worth it. Because there’s nothing like telling a story. And if you agree, then take a deep breath, pick up your pen, and start writing in English. And follow AWISL. I promise to help you.  

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