Novel Writing Basics Category

5 Tips To Write Great Sentences

Everyone wants to write great prose, but most fo the times they ignore the very thing that makes up the prose itself – sentences! In order to write great prose, you need to be able to write great sentences and in order to write great sentences, first you need to know what kind of sentences […]

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3 Types Of Sentences That All Fiction Writers Must Know

Most of the writers, especially ESL Writers – English as Second Language Writers, face the problems of creative effective, sentences with great flow while writing a fictional story. On the surface it may not seem like a big problem, but when you really think about it, a sentence is practically the most basic unit in […]

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10 Basic Punctuations For Writers

Let’s face it, as writers, we have all been in a situation where we have written something really good (maybe even out-of-this-world amazing) and have asked a friend, colleague or a family member to read it only to find out that you’ve messed up in punctuations! It is not that you don’t know which punctuations […]

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What Is Camp NaNo WriMoWriMo?

If you are writer who’s even mildly active on social media then you might have heard about the NaNoWriMo – National Novel Writing Month. But what about Camp NaNoWriMo? Camp NaNoWriMo is a spinoff of NaNoWriMo which you can customise as per your own needs. In their own words: Camp NaNoWriMo is your next, great […]

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Writing Vlog #2: Writing A Short Story From Scratch

In this video, I have tried to capture my process of writing a short story. If you are a new writer or are curious about how writing is done, then I am sure you’ll enjoy this video. I you are a veteran writer then I am sure you will be able to relate to it […]

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7 Types Of Characters In Fiction

Characterisation is one of the most important elements of any story, long or short. If you don’t get the characterisation right, chances are that your story will fall flat on its face and no writer wants that to happen! So the best way to make sure that your story stays with the reader long before […]

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Storyboard A Novel in 5 Easy Steps

Storyboarding is a wonderful organising technique, that I feel, is highly underrated when it comes to fiction writing. It is a great tool to plot your novels and to put it all together in a coherent plot-line. I am an intuitive writer but working on multiple long-form fiction projects can be downright scary at times […]

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Live Stream: Common Writing Mistakes Webinar

Hey guys, you can watch the live streaming of ,y 3rd and latest webinar here: Due to some technical glitch, I had to shift to Facebook live after the Webinar to answer some of the questions, so you can watch that 20 minutes feed here: For your reference, here a list of all the 30 […]

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How To Write A Book Analysis

Analysing a book is too often confused with writing a book review. It is a very common misconception and one that needs to be busted especially if you are planning to become a writer or are one already. A book review is an informal way of sharing one’s thoughts about any book of the reader’s […]

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What are Beta Readers And Why Do you need them?

In the last 4 months, whenever I have delivered a lecture, I am ALWAYS asked about one particular topic, each and every single time with no exception at all – What is a Beta Reader?  Beta Reading is a concept well-known in the writing community but often misunderstood and misinterpreted by the new writers. So, finally, […]

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Prompt-Writing

Prompt-writing is one of the best tools for fiction writers. Period. You’ll find various definitions for it on the internet, but for me, it is simply what the name suggests: A topic around which a short piece of fiction is written promptly. Generally, the said piece of fiction is in the range of 100-1000 words […]

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Fiction Writing Masterclass

Learn all about my upcoming online writing class and register for it to make it in the first batch of students.

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Finding The Right Idea

I don’t think I have ever known, not even a single writer, who doesn’t get about a dozen ideas every day. But imagine what would happen if you’d start taking all of those ideas seriously?  It’ll be chaos! So you get my point?  As a beginner, you might feel the need, a very compulsive need, […]

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Discovering The Writer Within

The first place you need to begin, especially while starting a long-form fiction project (or re-starting it), is to discover yourself as a writer – to find out what kind of a writer you are. Because unless you do it, you won’t know how to proceed further, especially once the initial flame of anticipation and […]

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Different Types Of Editing

Editing is the process in which a manuscript is modified, corrected and polished thoroughly. In the literary world, there are different kinds of editing. Editing is very subjective, depending upon what exactly is lacking or needs improvement regarding the overall quality of the individual manuscript. For example, in some manuscript, prose needs tightening, whereas in […]

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Character Profile Sheets (CPS) – Part 2

Character Profile Sheets are a great literary tool that help you in profiling your characters, especially the main characters of your story. They not only help you in being consistent with your character’s traits throughout your story or manuscript but also help a great deal in creating as well as painting the character arc you […]

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A Comprehensive Look At Literary Devices

As a writer, it becomes a necessity at some point or the other, to understand as many technicalities of the craft as possible. Whether you’re an intuitive writer or a deliberate one, there will be times when you’ll have to break the literary rules in order to create your masterpiece, but in order to do […]

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The 4-Act-Structure: Introduction

  As almost all the plotters would swear by, outlining a story helps a writer greatly in making sense of the story for the readers. We, as writers, know what our story is and how it plays out, the difficult bit is to put in into words in a systematic way and have it make sense […]

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