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 a lot. In any case, I hope you enjoy watching it.

I was contacted by one of my writing buddies for contributing in an anthology, so this story is for that. I have already submitted this story (on 28th December’20) and will update here once it will get published.

For this particular anthology, I had to write on a particular theme, therefore in order to brainstorm the concept for my story I have used Prompt Writing. If you don’t know what it is then read this: Prompt-Writing.

In this video, you’ll get a glimpse into how prompt writing is helpful in coming up with story ideas. Following are the days on which I shot this video and the corresponding time in the video for each writing session:

Writing A Short Story From Scratch For Submission

I hope you enjoy watching this video! Do share your thoughts on how you conceptualise a story that you have been given a theme for. I’d love to hear all about it!

Vlog #6: Books I Read In The Last 1 Month And The Ones I’m Reading Now

Book I read in the last one month:

  1. Pretty Things by Janelle Brown
  2. Daily Rituals: How Artists Work by Mason Curry
  3. The Night Boat by Robert McCammon
  4. Mr Mercedes (Bill Hodges #1) by Stephen King
  5. The War Of Art: Win Your Inner Creative Battles by Steven Pressfield
  6. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
  7. The Ghost Pirates by William Hope Hodgson
  8. Finders Keepers (Book Hodges #2) by Stephen King
  9. Shadow And Bone (Shadow And Bone #1 & Grishaverse #1) by Leigh Bardugo
  10. A Mother’s Lie by Sarah Zettel

The books I’m presently reading are:

  1. Jaya by Devdutta Pattnaik
  2. The Uncanny by Sigmund Freud
  3. Siege & Storm (Grishaverse #2) by Leigh Bardugo
  4. End Of Watch (Bill Hodges #3) by Stephen King

What are you guys reading this month? Do share some recommendations ๐Ÿ™‚

Stream Here: Webinar On Introduction To Creative Writing Basics

Hey guys, if you’d like to watch the Webinar stream of my webinar on Introduction To Creative Writing Basics, then you can watch the entire thing on my YouTube channel (or below.) I have also started taking private classes on Creative Writing and Novel Writing, so if you are interested, then shoot me an email on rathoreheena@gmail.com, and I’ll be happy to share the details.

This is the recording of the Live Facebook Stream of my Webinar On Introduction To Creative Writing Basics. It was a great session with around 11-20 participants (the numbers kept on changing as it was an hour + live session, but it was extremely interactive. The webinar actually begins after the first 10-15 minutes (As I was testing and waiting for everyone to come online for that part.) The session is a bit slow because I had to keep a tab on the comments and questions the viewers were posting and had to pace myself accordingly. Though I hope that you’ll enjoy this lecture and learn the basics of creative writing from it.

As an additional aid, you can download this lecture’s notes from my drive here.

Do let me know if there’s any particular topic you’d like me to discuss in my next Webinar/Lecture.

Thanks for being here.

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 desire for your story.

Generally, a Character Profile Sheets consists of the main physical, mental, emotional and social traits of your character’s life and personality along with their general likes and dislikes, their taste in music, their occupation, and stuff like what they like to eat, what they don’t their allergies and different kind of health issues, etc, etc, etc. Basically, your Character Profile Sheet consists of everything about your character.

Character Profile Sheets can be as long or as short as your want them to be, but my advice would be to keep them detailed because detailed Character Profile Sheets lead to good characters and good characters leads to good characterisation.ย 

Another great thing about Character Profile Sheets is that it greatly helps if you get stuck in a writing slump. Working your characters is a great way to jump start your brain to getting into the right mindset to start writing again.

Check out my video on Character Profile Sheets on YouTube or listen to its podcast on iTunes.

When it comes to Character Profile Sheets there are three things that you need to remember:

  1. If you are a punster then start with a basic Character Profile Sheet to begin with and add details as you go further because starting with a detailed Character Profile Sheet can be very overwhelming. But if you are a plotter then you can straight away start with a detailed Character Profile Sheet.
  2. No matter how long or short your character profile sheet is or how detailed or summarised it is always make room for character’s background in it because character background isย very, very, very important an you need to be consistent with it throughout your story. Take it from someone who has written a book with a lot of characters, always make a room for character background in your Character Profile Sheet.
  3. Your Character Profile Sheet will evolve as you make progress with your manuscript so always keep on revising your Character Profile Sheet along with each and every single draft of your story. Otherwise, there’ll be either no point of maintaining a Character Profile Sheet or it’ll get too confusing for you and ruin your manuscript.

So that’s Character Profile Sheets for you. If you want a ready reference with links to some really good Character Profile Sheets then read this article –ย Character Profile Sheetsย (the links are the end of the article.)

If you have any questions or doubts or want to discuss Character Profile Sheets with me then leave a comment below and I’ll get back to you ASAP.

Here are some more writing-related articles:

Thanks a lot for reading!

My Writing Projects

Okay so finally I have ventured into the world of Vlogging! And it is as exciting as it is scary, but I am determined.

Do check out my IGTV channel and the video on my Youtube. I hope you guys will like them ๐Ÿ™‚

YouTube Video:

IGTV:

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