Sebastian Hetman

Sebastian Hetman

is creating better writers.

6

patrons

$35

per month

According to one popular rule, putting ten thousand hours of practice into a skill can turn anyone into a world-class expert. I want to put ten thousand hours into writing, and see what happens. I'm 1929 hours in so far.


Since telling stories is what I do, allow me to tell you mine.

Sometime in 2013, I decided I wanted to be a writer, not understanding that writing is something you do, not somebody you are. Oh, and English used to be my second language. But, as I told myself, I could mend that gap with a bit of hard work and practice. I would write short stories and see how it goes. It hadn't gone. Three years and fifty rejection letters later I was still unpublished. It drove me nuts, so I attacked the problem with a vengeance.

I did everything I could to catch up. I signed up for training courses, participated in workshops, I read and re-read every book about writing and storytelling and style I could lay my hands on. And that's on top of keeping up with the latest releases. I got heavily involved in online manuscript exchanges and ended up working with more than a hundred writers. Somewhere along the way, I met people who were more generous with their time and attention than I believed possible. These few kind souls helped me develop as a writer.

Slowly but surely, the stream of form rejections turned into personal rejections and finally into that first sale I dreamed about. Ha! A month later the magazine closed before my story saw print. And you know what? It didn't matter anymore. I knew I could do it. Here's what mattered instead:



I call it my Tetris of Tears. Each cell represents a day in my life. Each number the amount of writing I did that day, measured in Pomodoros (25-minute intervals of focused work). Everything's in there. The good times and the bad. My day job and the holidays we took. My wife's chemotherapy. Days out with my friends, and even one or two mothers of all hangovers. All summed up by one word: life. The numbers add up to 1791 hours of focused writing so far.

The kindness I'd received from strangers still humbled me; I tried to pay it forward by helping other writers. Some of them came back for more. They seemed convinced my advice and education in storytelling standards helped them get published. Bloody amusing, considering I just got un-published. They were the first group of people who returned to me with each new manuscript they wrote. I became their editor.

On the writing front, I didn't have to wait long for my second sale. And the next. In fact, I sold all of my latest stories. So I took the next step and began working on a book; a novel set in the strange realm of Slavic mythology where people have two souls and the stars in the night sky are just cracks in a giant dome that protects life from the primeval fire of creation still burning high above. Fascinating stuff.

After six years of hard work, I'm finally bridging the gap between a passion and a profession.

Besides, I intend to make it to the famous 10 000 hours mark and see what happens.

You can help me get there.

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For more, visit 
https://www.sebastianhetman.com/
Tiers
The Grateful
$1 or more per month

You liked an article of mine, or wanted to leave me a tip because I helped you with your writing, or you simply want to show support.


Thank You, I'll send you a handwritten message and one of my little dudes to acompany it.


If you have a story you're working on, I'll be more than happy to have a look and give you a couple of useful pointers.


In addition you'll also gain access to my live writing tracker to see how far I am on my road to ten thousand hours of practice.

The Supportive
$5 or more per month

So, you'd like to join me on my road to 10 000 hours. It isn't for the faint hearted! In addition to the handwritten thank you note and other benefits, you'll also receive access to my private writing tracker so you can check my progress and start asking some inconvenient questions. Believe it or not, that tracker is what kept me writing all these years. 


As a small bonus for The Supportive I'll be sending out a monthly wallpaper pack with all the sketched images I used for my articles and stuff.

The True Fans
$8.33 or more per month only 996 left

They say an artist needs one thousand true fans to live a good life. If you chose to become my True Fan I'll thank you with (on top of other patron benefits):


  • Handwritten Birthday and Christmas postcards every year.
  • If you support me for longer than a month I'll be happy to help you with your writing through detailed manuscript critiques. 
  • Most importantly, I would like to have a chat with you if you don't mind. Whenever it's convenient. I'd like to know more about my biggest supporter. 
  • I limited the number of available true fans to a thousand. I don't need more. I shall never remove this limit. Once you decide to show support for more than a month, you will receive a certificate with a unique number. 


Thank you.

According to one popular rule, putting ten thousand hours of practice into a skill can turn anyone into a world-class expert. I want to put ten thousand hours into writing, and see what happens. I'm 1929 hours in so far.


Since telling stories is what I do, allow me to tell you mine.

Sometime in 2013, I decided I wanted to be a writer, not understanding that writing is something you do, not somebody you are. Oh, and English used to be my second language. But, as I told myself, I could mend that gap with a bit of hard work and practice. I would write short stories and see how it goes. It hadn't gone. Three years and fifty rejection letters later I was still unpublished. It drove me nuts, so I attacked the problem with a vengeance.

I did everything I could to catch up. I signed up for training courses, participated in workshops, I read and re-read every book about writing and storytelling and style I could lay my hands on. And that's on top of keeping up with the latest releases. I got heavily involved in online manuscript exchanges and ended up working with more than a hundred writers. Somewhere along the way, I met people who were more generous with their time and attention than I believed possible. These few kind souls helped me develop as a writer.

Slowly but surely, the stream of form rejections turned into personal rejections and finally into that first sale I dreamed about. Ha! A month later the magazine closed before my story saw print. And you know what? It didn't matter anymore. I knew I could do it. Here's what mattered instead:



I call it my Tetris of Tears. Each cell represents a day in my life. Each number the amount of writing I did that day, measured in Pomodoros (25-minute intervals of focused work). Everything's in there. The good times and the bad. My day job and the holidays we took. My wife's chemotherapy. Days out with my friends, and even one or two mothers of all hangovers. All summed up by one word: life. The numbers add up to 1791 hours of focused writing so far.

The kindness I'd received from strangers still humbled me; I tried to pay it forward by helping other writers. Some of them came back for more. They seemed convinced my advice and education in storytelling standards helped them get published. Bloody amusing, considering I just got un-published. They were the first group of people who returned to me with each new manuscript they wrote. I became their editor.

On the writing front, I didn't have to wait long for my second sale. And the next. In fact, I sold all of my latest stories. So I took the next step and began working on a book; a novel set in the strange realm of Slavic mythology where people have two souls and the stars in the night sky are just cracks in a giant dome that protects life from the primeval fire of creation still burning high above. Fascinating stuff.

After six years of hard work, I'm finally bridging the gap between a passion and a profession.

Besides, I intend to make it to the famous 10 000 hours mark and see what happens.

You can help me get there.

---

For more, visit 
https://www.sebastianhetman.com/

Recent posts by Sebastian Hetman

Tiers
The Grateful
$1 or more per month

You liked an article of mine, or wanted to leave me a tip because I helped you with your writing, or you simply want to show support.


Thank You, I'll send you a handwritten message and one of my little dudes to acompany it.


If you have a story you're working on, I'll be more than happy to have a look and give you a couple of useful pointers.


In addition you'll also gain access to my live writing tracker to see how far I am on my road to ten thousand hours of practice.

The Supportive
$5 or more per month

So, you'd like to join me on my road to 10 000 hours. It isn't for the faint hearted! In addition to the handwritten thank you note and other benefits, you'll also receive access to my private writing tracker so you can check my progress and start asking some inconvenient questions. Believe it or not, that tracker is what kept me writing all these years. 


As a small bonus for The Supportive I'll be sending out a monthly wallpaper pack with all the sketched images I used for my articles and stuff.

The True Fans
$8.33 or more per month only 996 left

They say an artist needs one thousand true fans to live a good life. If you chose to become my True Fan I'll thank you with (on top of other patron benefits):


  • Handwritten Birthday and Christmas postcards every year.
  • If you support me for longer than a month I'll be happy to help you with your writing through detailed manuscript critiques. 
  • Most importantly, I would like to have a chat with you if you don't mind. Whenever it's convenient. I'd like to know more about my biggest supporter. 
  • I limited the number of available true fans to a thousand. I don't need more. I shall never remove this limit. Once you decide to show support for more than a month, you will receive a certificate with a unique number. 


Thank you.