OCTOBER 2017 – Share Your Goals, Accomplishments & Published Work!

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As-salamu Alaykum, Dear Readers,

As I mentioned in a recent post, we are no longer accepting personal essays like this one (although you are still welcome to submit your writing-related essays and articles). Thank you to everyone who submitted an essay or article over the past year. I really appreciate you taking the time to share your writing – and I apologize for only posting one essay.

The original idea was to showcase the work of Muslim writers, and many of the essays were very interesting.

After analyzing things, however, I realized that I needed to take a different (more efficient) approach to this particular aspect of the Muslim Writers Club.

At the start of each month, Insha’Allah, I will create a post like this one, asking you to share your goals, accomplishments, and published work. Feel free to post a comment linking to any work you have published, whether it is on your blog or elsewhere.

It would also be wonderful to hear about your writing goals or the progress you are making on any current or planned projects. Did you enter a contest or submit your writing somewhere? Tell us about it, even if your work was not accepted.

Have you experienced any writing frustrations or disappointments over the past couple of months? Tell us about those, too.

Let’s use this space to motivate and encourage one another!

On my part, I have been busy with various translation projects. One project involves translating the biographies of scholars and other figures in Islamic history. I also completed a long project related to hemophilia in an Arabic-speaking country.

I haven’t found much time to work on my passive-income project but have revisited my plan over the past week and am trying to squeeze in some time during the evenings to finish writing a new course that I am extremely excited about. The course is aimed at professional translators and bilingual writers who are having difficulty finding work. I am also (slowly) writing a book to help revert Muslims write their memoirs.

Reminder: Have you submitted an essay for the Muslim name anthology we’ve been working on? 

I am a bit behind with my commitment to this site but should be catching up soon by posting new member profiles, answers to questions, and resources and articles about the craft and business of writing. I hope you can forgive me for my shortcomings.

My main frustrations have been lack of time and trying to navigate the many options for selling on-line courses. The learning curve can be steep each time you use a new tool or technology, and I wish that part of the business weren’t so time-consuming.

But enough about me. Leave a comment to share what’s been going on with you lately – and enjoy the following nasheed as well!

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Amel is an experienced freelance writer, editor, and Arabic to English translator. She started the Muslim Writers Club as a means of sharing useful information about the art (and business) of writing.
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