👋🏻 Hi friends,
The past few weeks have been grueling. I had tons of client work (a good problem to have) and I slacked off a bit on creating and even sending this newsletter.
From writing to translating documents into Arabic, and pitching to publications, I have been slammed. Last weekend, I worked non-stop all weekend until late into the night, and my poor husband had to take care of everything, the house, the kids, the food as I churned away.
Amidst this challenging week, I got some fantastic news. I received a scholarship to attend Write of Passage, a top-notch six-week cohort run by prolific writer David Perell. I'm so excited that I will get the chance to hone my writing skills from someone as talented as Perell.
Meanwhile, I continue to prepare for my "Getting published" cohort in May. I'm lining up great speakers for what will be a great learning experience for all.
Here is more info if you are interested to learn more about how to get published and see your name in print.
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🖼️ Photo of the week
I have the TV on as I write this, and I'm watching the news footage of Russia's attack on Ukraine. There is a lot of depressing and stressful news these days, and I'm worried about a number of my friends' families who are currently in Kyiv and the surrounding cities, so I thought a picture of my cat Smokey might put a smile on our faces.
🤩 Things that wowed me
🧑🎨 Newsletter: Growth Currency is one of the newsletters that I enjoy and look forward to every week. The main focus of this newsletter is content creation and how to be successful in this creator economy. It has a lot of helpful stuff that I end up bookmarking and reading again and again.
📹 Creator Economy: I attended a live chat with creator Justin Welsh who is known for his Linkedin content, and it was a delight. I learned a lot especially about the importance of creating a content matrix (he shared with us his Notion template).
🧵 Thread: Dickie Bush's Twitter thread on Mr Beast is a great example of how to create a viral thread that will break the internet. Dickie Bush is hands down the master of Twitter threads.
📚 Book: I just finished reading Klara and the Sun, another masterpiece by the Noble Prize Winner Japanese-British author Kazuo Ishiguro.This was an enjoyable, fast, read. A lot of concepts to ponder. Shall we fear that AI's might take over our livelihood? Can there be a bond between a human and an AI? Do AI's have feelings?
✍🏻 Content creation
In the past week, I wrote a very personal essay:
- How I got scammed for $1700 on Upwork.
- I also created this slideshow of my roadmap to getting published.
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📹 The YouTube experiment
I continue to try to be consistent and post one video every week on my YouTube channel The channel is not growing as fast I thought it would be by this time, and I have less than 100 subscribers which is very frustrating.
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Last week I posted an interview with Jordanian author Rana Sweis.
In this interview we talked about:
❇️ The grueling process that is publishing.
❇️ Receiving rejections, and believing in yourself.
❇️ Using the five senses in telling a good story.
📹 There are a lot of golden nuggets in this amazing interview.
🎙️ Read and Write with Natasha Podcast
A new podcast episode is up. It's a interview with Jordanian author Sara Badawieh in which we discuss the following topics:
➡️ Should fiction authors air dirty laundry?
➡️ Sara's writing process.
➡️ The research Sara did while writing the novel Dalia.
🎙️ Listen to the interview here.
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👍🏼 Recommended by yours truly
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