The Pen From South Sudan: The journey of John Monyjok
By John Monyjok
I started writing in the Magang Village back in 2002 after recovering from TB, a chronic illness that almost killed me, but I got the complete and successful treatment for it by the Medicines Sans Frontier or the Doctors without Borders, MSF.
I started my writing career by writing Bible verses and later I wrote my opinions about life in the villages in those days.
In 2012, that’s a decade later, I learned that I can actually publish my own books and make them available online for the world of readers to have access. I then published my first book, The Scarification on Amazon and Smashwords. I also published it on CreateSpace, which was then an Amazon company dealing with print books, until Amazon closed it in 2016 when it made Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing/KDP into a full tool that makes both digital and print book editions.
I have written self-help books, my life stories, motivational books, and literary nonfiction novels. Over the years I have written and independently published 50+ books and booklets, and I’m sharing that knowledge with upcoming writers free of charge on my website at johnshalom.com/my-courses
Right now I’m working on improving the already published books as well as writing new content. I’m busy writing articles about self-discovery and self-improvement, and I make them available on my website.
I love sharing knowledge and experiences and that’s why I write in the first place. I believe one has do discover his or her own self before improving his/herself, which then leads to other careers such as writing.
In our world of technology, you can write, self-edit, self-publish, self-market, and learn how to get paid monthly for your writing. I’m a living example of this.