I am the author of Calorie Counting Made Easy and The Effort Matrix. My blog posts on topics ranging from health, fitness, and weight loss to personal finance, productivity, and self-improvement have been viewed hundreds of thousands of times on sites like Quora and Medium.
For the last decade, I've performed high-stakes number crunching in Excel at work and over time, I've applied these skills to managing the most important aspects of my personal life. I've created and refined tracking systems for my nutrition, personal finance, and recently, even writing.
I'm a melting pot of a human like you’ve never seen before. Half-Indian. Half-Japanese. Born in Kenya. Raised in Florida. Proud introvert, health nerd, and minimalist-in-training. Health and happiness are the two most important things in my life.
I'm an extreme introvert, so I keep my inner-circle pretty small. But I love to connect with people who have similar interests. I’m a lifelong student. One of the best ways to learn is to teach what I know. I share everything I can that might be useful to others through my writing.
What inspires you to write?
My ultimate goal is to excel in the areas of my life that I care about the most, which is why I began writing. The writing process helps me refine ideas and gain clarity on what works. It's an exercise in self-awareness that I practice primarily for my own benefit. But if I can use it to help others along the way, then that's even better.
Tell us about your writing process.
I work a full-time 9-5 job, so my current writing routine is about an hour at Dunkin' Donuts first thing in the morning before work every weekday.
I typically write short, practical, how-to posts for my email newsletter and republish them on sites like Quora and Medium. If I like the piece a lot, it will usually end up on my blog: alyg.blog.
Consistency is the most important aspect of my writing process. Even if I only publish a couple hundred words, I consider it a successful writing day.
What advice would you give other writers?
Practice in public. Post frequently on sites like Quora and Medium where people are interested in reading and sharing great content. This will help you to hone your craft and become a better writer.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
Self-publishing on Amazon mainly because there are no gatekeepers. If you have an idea you want to put out into the world, there is nothing stopping you.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Quality and consistency trumps all. If you have both, you will be in good shape regardless of where the industry goes.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?: health, fitness, weight loss, self improvement, personal finance, productivity, introversion
What formats are your books in?: eBook, Print, Both eBook and Print
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