Month End Update #1

Month End Update #1

I’ve realised that I’m able to post as m much as I used to and as much as I’d like to and as a result, I haven’t been able to keep all my readers updated about my writing and reading and life in general.

So, after a while of thinking, I thought I’d start with this post as means of rounding up everything I do in a month.

Writing:

  • I’ve got a deal for my book, Deceived, from a new (but promising) publishing company. They’ve asked me to make the official announcement in April, so I’m not announcing it “officially” for now. But, yeah, I’ve already bagged a deal and I’ll share the details as soon as I’ll be allowed to.
  • Presently I’m doing the first round of rewriting for Deceived with a professional editor. Who knew there’ll be so much work involved after getting a deal from publisher!? Well, as this is my first time, I’m learning a lot.

    For all the new writers out there, getting a book published is not as easy as it looks. Completing the Manuscript is just half of the entire process, so go figure…

  • Good news: I’ve not only received a great deal for Deceived but also for my next 4 books (so in total for 5 books.) My next book is going to be Sinister Town– the one that I’m working on right now.
  • I joined a really awesome group on Facebook- 10 Minute Novelists. If you’re a writer then you really need to join this amazeballs group. The members are super awesome and friendly and extremely inspiring.

Reading:

This month I wasn’t able to read a lot as I spent 1 week at mom’s and basically took that entire week off writing and reading. The only thing I did in that particular week was playing cards with mom (and of course, gossiping!) Still, I managed to read 6 books this month:

Books I reviewed this month on The Reading Bud:


Fun Stuff:

  • I watched a couple of movies- Deadpool & Neerja (new releases) and Bloodsport & 102 Dalmatians (on TV.) Also, I finally I watched Game Of Thrones (S1) and again, Ned (Eddard) Stark’s death really depressed me and I spent the entire night crying and cribbing. Vishal even told me not to watch the rest of the series because it’s really affecting me, but what the hell? I’m gonna watch it until the end. 😀
  • I made Caramel Custard and Apple Cinnamon Tartlets for Vishal as a Valentine’s Week surprise.
  • On 14th Feb (V. Day) we went for the most amazing massages at Four Fountains De-Stressing Spa.Screen Shot 2016-02-29 at 10.18.41 am
  • On 16th Feb I went to one of the best cafes in our city- German Bakery (yep, the one famous for the bomb blast) with Vishal and my cousin, and had the most amazing Spanish Omelette and Masala Chai with Spiced Biscuits and Bun Maska.

Health:

I’ve again started walking 5Km and will be starting my jogging routine in a week. Slow and steady wins the race, right!?Screen Shot 2016-02-29 at 10.19.08 am


My Instagram:


Well, that’s all I did… What about you? What all books you read and how many movies you watched this month? How’s your WIP coming along? Please share about your month in the coments below as I’d love to know what you’ve been upto in the month of Feb.

Have a great day!

Ciao ❤

Quotes Challenge #3

One of my good blogger buddies, Hemangini, nominated me for the 3 Day Quotes Challenge. Thanks a lot, dear! She’s a really good writer and you’ll find some amazing posts on the here blog, My Petridish. So what are you waiting for, hop over to her blog right away because I’m sure you’re going to love it.

Here’s my Quote #2

“Be as careful of the books you read, as of the company you keep; for your habits and character will be as much influenced by the former as the latter.”

Paxton Hood


RULES OF THIS CHALLENGE:

  1. Post three consecutive days
  2. You can pick one or three quotes per day
  3. Challenge three different bloggers per day

MY THREE NOMINEES FOR TODAY ARE:

  1. Bruce
  2. Aquileana
  3. Elizabeth

I hope you guys will enjoy doing this challenge as much as I did 🙂

If you like this challenge and are interested in doing it, then consider yourself tagged.

Quotes Challenge #2

One of my good blogger buddies, Hemangini, nominated me for the 3 Day Quotes Challenge. Thanks a lot, dear! She’s a really good writer and you’ll find some amazing posts on the here blog, My Petridish. So what are you waiting for, hop over to her blog right away because I’m sure you’re going to love it.
Here’s my Quote #2

“There will be a few times in your life when all your instincts will tell you to do something, something that defies logic, upsets your plans, and may seem crazy to others. When that happens, you do it. Listen to your instincts and ignore everything else. Ignore logic, ignore the odds, ignore the complications, and just go for it.”― Judith McNaught


RULES OF THIS CHALLENGE:

  1. Post three consecutive days
  2. You can pick one or three quotes per day
  3. Challenge three different bloggers per day

MY THREE NOMINEES FOR TODAY ARE:

  1. Kim
  2. Marje
  3. Erika

I hope you guys will enjoy doing this challenge as much as I did 🙂

If you like this challenge and are interested in doing it, then consider yourself tagged.

Quotes Challenge #1

Quotes Challenge #1

One of my good blogger buddies, Hemangini, nominated me for the 3 Day Quotes Challenge. Thanks a lot, dear! She’s a really good writer and you’ll find some amazing posts on the here blog, My Petridish. So what are you waiting for, hop over to her blog right away because I’m sure you’re going to love it.

Here’s a little about my relationship with quotes:

I’ve been a reader all my life and so it’s only fitting that I love quotes too, right? Wrong.

I’ve never been a big fan of quotes. I mean not consciously. I never used to save them or remember them or even read them randomly. But, last year this changed. I was preparing for JuNoWriMo and I was really nervous about writing my first draft, so much so that I almost gave up on the idea of going ahead with my story. It was then that I came across a quote, literally out of nowhere, that changed my mind and helped me make up  my mind about trusting my instincts.

So, today, for Quote #1 I’d love to share this inspiring quote with everyone. I know it’s really common but, trust me when I say, there’s a reason for it.

“And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.”

Sylvia Plath

It is because of this quote that I not only completed, but also got a great deal for my book that I wrote in last JuNo.
And still, whenever I’m in doubt I always read this quote cause it fills me with positive energy that helps me complete my projects.

Here’s the post-it on which I wrote this quote last year and put it up on the wall next to my study table, just before I began writing my first draft.Screenshot_2016-02-23-21-14-21-1


RULES OF THIS CHALLENGE:

  1. Post three consecutive days
  2. You can pick one or three quotes per day
  3. Challenge three different bloggers per day

MY THREE NOMINEES FOR TODAY ARE:

  1. Rosema
  2. Phoenix Grey
  3. Galit Balli

I hope you guys will enjoy doing this challenge as much as I did 🙂

If you like this challenge and are interested in doing it, then consider yourself tagged by me and start right away. 🙂

Word Of The Week (WOW #44)

Word Of the Week (WOW) is a weekly prompt created by Heena Rathore P. (me.)2
It’s a fun way to improve one’s vocabulary by learning new words every week.
If you want to participate then simply do a post with your WORD and leave the link to your post as a comment on one of my WOW post.

Here’s this week’s WOW:

WOW-3

Word:

Raconteur

Part Of Speech:

Noun

Derivatives:

Pronunciation:

  • /ˌrakɒnˈtəː/
  • ra-con-teur
  • Audio

Meaning:

  • A person who tells anecdotes in a skilful and amusing way.

Synonyms:

Storyteller, narrator, relater, recounter.

Antonyms:

Phrases/Informal Synonyms:

Teller of tales, spinner of yarns.

Word Origin:

Early 19th century: French, from raconter ‘relate, recount’.

Usage Note:

Use In Sentences:

  • A colourful raconteur.

I hope you guys like this word and hope it’s useful to you in some or the other way! If you want to check out more words like this, then visit my page:

Word Treasure

Testimonial #1

I thought I’ll share all the amazing testimonies that I’m receiving for The Reading Bud (one by one.)

Here’s the first one:

“I was very impressed and pleased with all my interactions with The Reading Bud. When I initially contacted Heena requesting a review of my YA horror novel, Sisters of Sorrow, she was polite and professional. Specifically, she replied to my emails promptly. She made her expectations clear and her instructions specific and easy to follow.

I felt that Heena evaluated my book with an open mind. She took her time to understand the story rather than rushing through it in order to post a review and get on to the next book. I appreciate that, a lot. Her review was thorough and highly detailed. She posted it at Amazon, Goodreads, and several other important forums. I could not have been happier.”

-by Axel Blackwellauthor of Sisters Of Sorrow


You can read other testimonials for The Reading Bud here.

 

Update

Hey, everyone!

I got back home from my mom’s place yesterday night itself, and today completely went in a haze… I guess I’ll be back to blogging by the day after tomorrow as I still need a some time to get in the blogging mood again.

From tomorrow, I’ll start writing 1K words every day and hopefully I’ll be done revising my FD for this year’s JuNoWriMo.

Presently, I’m reading 2 books: The Secrets Of Lizzie Borden and The Drowning Girls. Both are excellent thrillers and, for the next two days, I’ll be reading and enjoying these 2 books.

See you guys in a couple of days.

Hope you all are having a great day!

Ciao ❤

The 3-Act Structure: In Detail

The 3-Act Structure: In Detail

In order to utilize the 3-Act Structure efficiently, there is a need for a systematic sequence of elements to be followed that carries the story forward.  In the 3-Act Structure, each act has some particular story moves and by following these particular set of acts, you can rest easy that there will be no place for errors in your story.

If this structure is new to you and you’re wondering about what the hell it is, then check out the first part of this article- The 3-Act Structure: Introduction.

Here’s a list of the 3 biggest advantages of using this structure:

  1. It helps you to stay connected to the theme/idea/plotline of the story.
  2. It helps you to look at your story from a broader and better perspective.
  3. It helps you to recognize the unwanted elements in your story and helps you in cleaning up your story.

Here’s a chart that I made which will give you the gist of this structure.

3-AS by Heena Rathore P. (All rights reserved. Please contact the author before using this image.)
3-AS by Heena Rathore P. (All rights reserved. Please contact the author before using this image.)

ACT-I

Introduction

  • Introduction to the MC(s)
  • Introduction and laying the foundation of the fictional world (in case of Fantasy)
  • An introduction of the circumstances surrounding the MC and the secondary characters.
  • An introduction of the main relationships.
  • Introducing the main hook of the book.
  • An introduction to the conflict.
  • Establishment of the main relationships that were introduced earlier.
  • Introducing the antagonist (or, at least, hint stuff about him/her.)

ACT-II

1) Complication

  • Elaborate the conflict by making more difficult and dangerous.
  • Introduce a backstory through flashbacks or an old memory (or in any way you want) in relation to the conflict.
  • Make the MC solve/fight the conflict in his own way.
  • Keep the antagonist in motion. Make him do something. Anything. Don’t leave him out otherwise the plot will get boring.

2) Destruction

  • Destroy the MC physically and/or emotionally after he tries to solve/fight the conflict.
  • This part should be the lowest point in his life.
  • Make sure to make it look like there’s no way out.

ACT-III

Resolution

  • Show MC getting over his fears and disappointment (add a convincing source of motivation.)
  • Defeating the antagonist or being defeated himself (whatever suits your stories.)
  • Make sure to clean up- explain anything that needs an explanation. Do not leave any loose ends.

So, these are the 3 Acts explained to the best of my knowledge. There are innumerable variants of the 3-Act Structure but this is the one that I follow. It’s my own version and it works beautifully for me. I hope that it will help you as much as it for me. I wrote my first novel, Deceived, using this method and, therefore, I trust it completely.

I’d like to conclude by giving you a small advice- 50% to 75% is the mark where most of the stories go weak. So, pay special attention to the 2nd part of Act-II, i.e., the Destruction part.

What about you? Have you ever tried the 3-Act Structure?
Leave a comment below and I promise to get back to you ASAP.


 

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