Do You Want to be the Best Version of You?

16 Apr

Pro Bono Coaching

The reason I’m writing this post has nothing to do with writing. I am doing this to offer you a beautiful gift, so read on.

Who can testify having been stuck in life? Be it in relationships, career or plain, evasive rut of “I-don’t-know-what’s-wrong-with-me” department, most of us have had the taste of it.

And there’s no shame in admitting it. At times in life people reach a fork in a road. It is a point when they become disconnected from the resources that they already possess within them. How uncanny is that?

I’ll give you an example. I was with this fine lady who attended Life Coaching training last weekend with me when she started telling me about how the constant voice within her keeps shouting to do more, achieve more, earn more. . . it was all about more, more and more. She has this constant need to be someone to someone. From where I saw, she was already doing great. She is a hypnosis expert helping people quit smoking, lose weight and all other bunch of awesome stuff. Yet, she was dissatisfied.

As the conversation progressed, she started shaking in her chair. I asked her few questions which, in hindsight, seem to be spot on because she now started going in to the abandoned territory. After some heart to heart discussion, it turned out that her eldest 28 year old was constantly pushing her buttons, and although she longed to be appreciated and accepted by him, she was in pain due to this. I realised that there was a clear connection between her need to be appreciated and her son’s demeanour.

We just did one session but it was clear to me we’d need more. At the end of the session, I made her write down her immediate next goals regarding her business and growth. One of them was to increase the petty rate she was charging her clients. She promised herself to take it to the next level. What’s most important to me was that she was smiling with confidence by the end of those 45 minutes.

It is not magic. It is not hokum. It’s pure results. And it’s already within you. With the client above, do you think I did something? Nope, I was just the guide. It’s she who did all the work! I am telling you this so you know you already have all the resources within you.

Why did I tell you this?

I am seeking 3 pro bono clients to help out as a coach. You heard it — I won’t charge you a penny but our sessions together may unveil something that you never knew before. The whole thing about coaching is about giving what you can give.

You may be wondering why I am doing this on my blog — offering you the opportunity. I could have easily chosen three friends or acquaintances. Like I said earlier, it is my gift to you. It definitely feels more vulnerable than having to call up a few mates and offering my services, but hey, we’re all on a path to grow, aren’t we?

The idea is to offer 6 one-hour coaching sessions (valued $990) to those who sign up.

If you’re interested, just leave a comment, or for quickest response, email me through the Contact page.

Do you want to be the best version of you, and you’re not sure how? Then say “Yes” to yourself and let’s make this happen!

Photo by Angelo González.

You Following Your Dharma, Right?

1 Mar


I heard from a long lost friend recently. She’s a passionate soul. She’s vibrant, creative and intelligent. Then she asked me:

I have always wanted to write. I am thrilled at the thought. Just that I cannot find the time.

Is this you? Not able to find the time is a tried and tested excuse we give ourselves. Not to be harsh, but why are you throwing away your Dharma and sticking with something that just doesn’t work for you? Continue reading

A Very Personal Post

21 Sep

Hello folks. Just a reminder. A new article by me is posted on TSN. Enjoy and please share your thoughts! :)

Coping with stress

I am a self-employed freelance writer and if you have ever worked for yourself (or worked at a demanding job), you can probably related to the sentiment that stress from work is one of the biggest factors that can cripple your mind and body.

As much as being your own boss is fun and it can give you the tremendous freedom, it can also be extremely demanding and emotionally stressful. You end up wearing many hats in your company: marketing, HR, the IT person, customer relations and CEO. If I stopped working, so will my business. All pressure is on me.

As the day starts, my brain races through the list of tasks that “must” be fulfilled during the next 10-12 hours. Sometimes, I’d get so distracted that I would completely ignore what my partner just said. Sometimes, I would rush through a whole day and not remember what I ate for breakfast. [Read More].

Photo by Angelo González.

Failure: There’s None; There’s Only Feedback

11 May

Failure - there is none

If you are aware of NLP (Neuro-linguistic Programming), you have heard these words before. There is no failure, only feedback. This is something I thoroughly believe in from my personal experiences and from listening to those of others.

Failure & Writing: Personal Experience

Most of you who are a regular here know how I switched careers from being a software engineer to a full-time writer. The most wonderful thing about this whole transition is that I never thought of it until a month before I dived into writing full-time. Some would feel this was a sudden, unforeseen move–may be even unplanned. Continue reading

Why Do Writers Fail

6 May

Have you ever been in a position when you didn’t know what to do next? As a writer, has there been a time when you thought that this was the end of your writing career?

Ever thought why do writers fail? Why is it that we hear endless stream of stories where writers confess they have failed in their mission be it writing a fiction book, promoting a non-fiction blog, creating a new website or marketing their copywriting services? Continue reading

Open Invite for All Writers

2 Apr


Hello folks,

Lately, I have been working on a high-quality and high-traffic blog which is in the niche of (wait for it. . . my personal favourite) productivity, personal development, working better and efficiently and managing things quicker. The old owners are handing over the site to us and we aim the content featured to be more organic, fresh and inspiring than it already is (check it out here).

The idea is to build an even stronger community where real people would come for real awesomeness.

Since the website is undergoing a complete overhaul under my management, I share this with you first and seek out to you for help. If you’re a reader at Of Parchments & Inks, I am sure you will hold an interest (even if a mild one) in the topics I am going to mention.

Exercise your writing-muscles

So. You’re a writer. But are you a passionate writer?

If you love and/or have some prior experience in topics like below-mentioned or if you’re an early (and brilliant) writer looking for exposure, you should definitely reach out! We’d love to see you onboard.


  • Life improvement tips
  • Personal development
  • Business tips
  • Life hacking
  • Communication skills
  • Software reviews
  • Creativity
  • Leadership
  • Money management

Here’s what I am looking for specifically:

  • 700-1000+ words article
  • Clear
  • Concise
  • To the point–not long-winded or verbose
  • Clear formatting: headings, bullet points, and lists
  • Interesting
  • Useful
  • Helpful
  • Comprehensive

Similar sites, similar topics:

If you’re a sucker for the following websites but never got a chance to be featured on them, now is the chance to flash your supreme skills:


 What’s in it for you?

  • You showcase your writing on a website that has 250,000 monthly page-views
  • You talk to 12,200+ RSS subscribers directly
  • You get featured on a quality website with PR6 – Google page rank
  • You get a permanent link from the site to anywhere you want

Don’t care about the numbers? How about this?

  • You express your thoughts and share your passion with real, like-minded and enthusiastic audience

Still with me? Interested? Please get in touch and we can take it from there. Vrooooom . . .!

Thank you all for your entries. Speak soon.

P.S. Please note that you’re welcome to talk with me on this, but I cannot guarantee you the publication. Don’t take it personally. It’s just that I am not the only one involved–there’s a team. Good luck!

Photo by anotherphotographer at Flickr

Free Ebook: Ghost-Writing Secrets: Uncovered

11 Mar

With this give-away, we have crossed the 100-posts benchmark! Thank You for the support.


A while back, some of you asked me about my ghost-writing projects and how I was able to bag them.

I have been thinking to do a post on it but was not sure if it a post was the best way to help every one who visited this blog.

The next best choice for me was an ebook. An ebook format, I thought, would be easily downloadable and readable. What’s more, how and when you read an ebook is completely up to your discretion.

So, a day before today, I started to write a 13 page-ebook. I believe that in the material, I have covered my exact mind-set which went into getting ghost-writing projects.

I also believe the tips mentioned in this ebook are applicable to all types of writing and not limited to ghost-writing only.

The ebook is titled Ghost-Writing Secrets: Uncovered – How I Won a 3-Book Ghost-Writing Contract in Just 5 Months.

What This Ebook Will (Un)Cover for You

  • How I Got Started in this field
  • What is Ghost-Writing and What Does it Take
  • The Three Shining Saviours of Writing
  • Seven Things No One Told You About (Ghost) Writing
  • Parting Words and About

I plan to keep adding to it in future and make the download process simpler. As I progress on my path, so it will. I may also give away more freebies like these in future. For now, I am offering this one to team up with my free critiquing service.

A note about the critiquing service: Only subscribers are now entitled to the free critique service.

How to Get Your Free (Ghost) Writing Ebook

  • Go to the home page of OfParchments&Inks.
  • Click “Free Ebook” link at the top.
  • Fill up the form. Please put in the correct email address. A space for commenting is provided for you to enter whatever you’d like to tell me.
  • Check the little box “YES I Want My Free Ebook!”. You should see a tick mark in the box. If you do not check it, the ebook won’t be delivered to you.
  • Click Submit.

I will personally send you the ebook in a few hours at the email address you have provided.

I hope you will like the ideas presented in the ebook. If you have any feedback or comments for me, please send them in via the Contact form.


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