NON FICTION: What Writing Fiction Has Taught Me About Life

Stack of books

Photo: Fallon Micheal

What could I possibly learn from writing fiction? Aren’t I basically just making stuff up? What lessons even await me in the worlds of make-believe?

I had written for eight years before I decided to embark on my authorial journey, and I thought I knew everything when it came to this new pursuit, but boy, did I learn that I actually knew jack squat.

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NON FICTION: I Wrote Three Novels With Different Tools And This Is What I’ve Learned

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Photo: Luca Onniboni

When I quit my job, all I had in mind was to write one novel. I didn’t think it would turn into three.

I also thought I’d be doing all the work in Google Docs. That grew to encompass most of the popular methods as well.

And if you’re anything like me, you’re probably spending all your writing time searching for irrelevant things like ‘best plot structure’ and ‘funny puppy videos’, which explains why you’re reading this article.

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UPDATES: My Story’s Featured In A Book

Illustrations of Stuart Danker's story in Money Stories From Malaysians 2

The illustrations for my story. They really do resemble me I think. Photo: RinggitOhRinggit.com

I guess this is the first time I’m being published for my unsolicited stories (most of my published work was commissioned).

While I’ve just signed another book deal for my cyberpunk novel titled Homecoming, it’s not set to take off until April 2021 or so.

Meanwhile, enter Money Stories From Malaysians Volume 2. A book project spearheaded by one of Malaysia’s most prominent bloggers, Suraya Zainudin.

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NON FICTION: Depression Can Be A Great Teacher, And Here’s What I’ve Learned

Woman staring out a window

Photo: Anthony Tran

All right I’m going to start this off my saying that I may or may not have depression. Let me explain.

I’ve never been a particularly happy person as far as I can remember. In fact, the last time I’d felt true joy was probably at the age of twelve. Then secondary school came and swept me off into the world of angst and darkness.

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