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Hi, I'm @visakanv. I'm currently a feral free agent, spending most of my time writing and tweeting. 

Kind words that set me on this path

People have described my tweets as "a bright shining light of insight", a "fusion of logic/emotion/unexpected combinations of ideas" and "some of the most interesting, thought-provoking stuff I’ve seen on Twitter".

They've also said some pretty wild things like "I learn something from every cascading thought-thread he does" and "Easily the Twitter find of the year for me".

About me: startup marketer with literary ambitions 

I spent 5.5 years working in tech as a startup marketer. I was really good at it! I loved my team, I loved my job. But... it's not what made my soul sing. I've always known that my true calling is to be a writer.

And I don't care if Patreon doesn't work out, or if my book sales are underwhelming, whatever the outcome is. I love books, I love words, and I'm committed to spending the rest of my life writing feverishly until I die.

Libraries, books, artists and storytellers saved me, made my life worth living. Everything I'm doing in life, honestly, is just scaffolding to allow me to return the favor and pass it on.

Why Patreon: building a scaffolding of audience support into guide my transition to becoming a full-time author

When I look back on my writing career so far, it's incredible how there have been these few specific moments where the faith, support and trust of friends and strangers pushed me to grow as a creator.

When I was a teenager, I used to write a LiveJournal. Several commenters told me that I ought to write more publicly, and I did.

My friends bought me a Starbucks card for my birthday, to encourage me to write more.

I started blogging about my local community in Singapore, and my posts did really well. (At a local protest, I was described as the speaker who "probably delivered the most sensible and thoughtful address.")

When Quora became a thing, I started posting there – and they honored me – thrice – with the award of "Quora Top Writer". It made me believe that an international audience was interested in my writing.

It's not really about the money. It's not really about the awards. Ultimately, these are something more precious than that – they're signs. They're signs that I'm working on the right thing, growing in the right direction.

I will be writing for the rest of my life, whether or not people pay me for it. The complication is this:

When do I know if I'm ready to drop everything else and give it all I've got? 

And I'm not looking to bullshit myself (and my cherished audience) that I'm ready before I am! 

I've done the reading. I believe that a creator has to get good at what he does before he can seriously transition from a hobbyist to a professional. And I do believe that I'm ready to go pro.  

What I'm currently working on:

  • I tweet every day. I'm constantly updating my past threads, and regularly writing new ones.
  • I'm working on a project to write 1,000,000 words called @1000wordvomits. I'm 75% done with it.
  • I'm writing an ebook called INTROSPECT, on how to think clearly about what you want.
  • I'm also writing a book of essays called NAUGHTY BOY, about my experiences and learnings growing up as a Singaporean + digital native.

What I plan on working on next:

I have a draft of a novel called MAKE SOME NOISE, which is about teenage Singaporean misfit musicians finding each other, and the struggles and pain they face along the way.

I've set up a Twitter account called @VVmahabharat, where I'd like to do a live reading of the Mahabharata. Judging by the responses to my past book threads, I think I'll be able to put together a web thread-of-threads that would be interesting and useful to the modern reader.

In the long run, I plan to write stories and novels set in a South Asian context – possibly some futuristic cyberpunk stuff, possibly some high fantasy. I'm still doing the research and reading.

I have many, many other ideas for projects, books, essays and so on that I will be happy to share and discuss with my Patrons. 🤓 Thank you for your support!
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Access locked posts
$2 or more per month
You've decided to support my work – welcome to the war room!
Supporter
$5 or more per month
You're buying me a coffee; you get to hear what's on my mind!
Serious Supporter
$10 or more per month
At $10/month I have to say you're getting pretty serious about supporting my work! I'll include you in like, Serious Strategy Talks and stuff.
Very Serious Supporter
$25 or more per month

At $25/month, you're doing the equivalent of buying a book from me every month. I'll be happy to chat with you about anything you're interested in.

Investor
$50 or more per month

At $50/month, you're buying *multiple* books from me every month. You're not just a reader, you're an evangelist. An investor. That means we should be having more in-depth conversations, and I'll be happy to create some personalized content for you.

Serious Investor
$100 or more per month

At $100/month, you are absolutely serious about seeing me flourish as a creative. I am interested in everybody's input and perspective, but I'd be especially curious about yours – not because of the money, but because you felt it was worth that much. 

Medici
$250 or more per month

At $250/mo, that would make you my super-patron, the brightest star in a constellation of supporters. I will figure out some way to honor you in my work (without compromising my creative/artistic integrity, of course.)

Goals
74% complete
$1000/month sounds like a dream at this point, but if and when it happens, I'll start doing something more substantial, like make weekly videos? I'll update this as I hit the earlier goals.
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Hi, I'm @visakanv. I'm currently a feral free agent, spending most of my time writing and tweeting. 

Kind words that set me on this path

People have described my tweets as "a bright shining light of insight", a "fusion of logic/emotion/unexpected combinations of ideas" and "some of the most interesting, thought-provoking stuff I’ve seen on Twitter".

They've also said some pretty wild things like "I learn something from every cascading thought-thread he does" and "Easily the Twitter find of the year for me".

About me: startup marketer with literary ambitions 

I spent 5.5 years working in tech as a startup marketer. I was really good at it! I loved my team, I loved my job. But... it's not what made my soul sing. I've always known that my true calling is to be a writer.

And I don't care if Patreon doesn't work out, or if my book sales are underwhelming, whatever the outcome is. I love books, I love words, and I'm committed to spending the rest of my life writing feverishly until I die.

Libraries, books, artists and storytellers saved me, made my life worth living. Everything I'm doing in life, honestly, is just scaffolding to allow me to return the favor and pass it on.

Why Patreon: building a scaffolding of audience support into guide my transition to becoming a full-time author

When I look back on my writing career so far, it's incredible how there have been these few specific moments where the faith, support and trust of friends and strangers pushed me to grow as a creator.

When I was a teenager, I used to write a LiveJournal. Several commenters told me that I ought to write more publicly, and I did.

My friends bought me a Starbucks card for my birthday, to encourage me to write more.

I started blogging about my local community in Singapore, and my posts did really well. (At a local protest, I was described as the speaker who "probably delivered the most sensible and thoughtful address.")

When Quora became a thing, I started posting there – and they honored me – thrice – with the award of "Quora Top Writer". It made me believe that an international audience was interested in my writing.

It's not really about the money. It's not really about the awards. Ultimately, these are something more precious than that – they're signs. They're signs that I'm working on the right thing, growing in the right direction.

I will be writing for the rest of my life, whether or not people pay me for it. The complication is this:

When do I know if I'm ready to drop everything else and give it all I've got? 

And I'm not looking to bullshit myself (and my cherished audience) that I'm ready before I am! 

I've done the reading. I believe that a creator has to get good at what he does before he can seriously transition from a hobbyist to a professional. And I do believe that I'm ready to go pro.  

What I'm currently working on:

  • I tweet every day. I'm constantly updating my past threads, and regularly writing new ones.
  • I'm working on a project to write 1,000,000 words called @1000wordvomits. I'm 75% done with it.
  • I'm writing an ebook called INTROSPECT, on how to think clearly about what you want.
  • I'm also writing a book of essays called NAUGHTY BOY, about my experiences and learnings growing up as a Singaporean + digital native.

What I plan on working on next:

I have a draft of a novel called MAKE SOME NOISE, which is about teenage Singaporean misfit musicians finding each other, and the struggles and pain they face along the way.

I've set up a Twitter account called @VVmahabharat, where I'd like to do a live reading of the Mahabharata. Judging by the responses to my past book threads, I think I'll be able to put together a web thread-of-threads that would be interesting and useful to the modern reader.

In the long run, I plan to write stories and novels set in a South Asian context – possibly some futuristic cyberpunk stuff, possibly some high fantasy. I'm still doing the research and reading.

I have many, many other ideas for projects, books, essays and so on that I will be happy to share and discuss with my Patrons. 🤓 Thank you for your support!

Recent posts by @visakanv

Tiers
Access locked posts
$2 or more per month
You've decided to support my work – welcome to the war room!
Supporter
$5 or more per month
You're buying me a coffee; you get to hear what's on my mind!
Serious Supporter
$10 or more per month
At $10/month I have to say you're getting pretty serious about supporting my work! I'll include you in like, Serious Strategy Talks and stuff.
Very Serious Supporter
$25 or more per month

At $25/month, you're doing the equivalent of buying a book from me every month. I'll be happy to chat with you about anything you're interested in.

Investor
$50 or more per month

At $50/month, you're buying *multiple* books from me every month. You're not just a reader, you're an evangelist. An investor. That means we should be having more in-depth conversations, and I'll be happy to create some personalized content for you.

Serious Investor
$100 or more per month

At $100/month, you are absolutely serious about seeing me flourish as a creative. I am interested in everybody's input and perspective, but I'd be especially curious about yours – not because of the money, but because you felt it was worth that much. 

Medici
$250 or more per month

At $250/mo, that would make you my super-patron, the brightest star in a constellation of supporters. I will figure out some way to honor you in my work (without compromising my creative/artistic integrity, of course.)