Ivan Izo

Writer on Fire is written by Ivan Izo, the pseudonym of writer David Smith. For the full article about his pseudonym, see Why Do I Need a Pseudonym?.

The Focus of Writer on Fire

The main focus of Writer on Fire is exploring methods to help you get more writing done. The secondary focus is on how to improve the quality of your writing. There are also a few articles about Izo’s own writing efforts with a bias toward sharing what he has learned from those efforts.

Izo’s Qualifications as a Writer

Izo has been writing for over twenty five years. He began writing with the idea that, since he was reading a lot of books, surely he could write a novel in a week or two. He then spent several years proving himself wrong.

Next, Izo went to university and got a BA in Psychology and a minor in Philosophy. It was at university that he learned the 10,000 hours rule. It takes 10,000 hours of practice to become an expert in anything. Clearly, much more writing practice was needed to become a writer. It would need to be a sideline while he worked at other jobs.

Later, Izo applied the 10,000 hours rule to computer studies and went to work for a software company without first getting a degree. He did a variety of technical writing during his seven years as a software tester. He spends most of his personal time writing.

Izo’s Current Efforts

When he’s not at his day job, Izo is currently focused on writing his first full length novel, articles about writing, and a book about how to become a more prolific writer.


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