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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
I always read craft books not once, but several times. I guess that's the best way to really get the techniques and the wisdom they have to offer. Lately, I've been re-reading Bird By Bird by Anne Lamott and came across a concept, more like a paragraph or two, where author Lamott mentions about naming the unconscious: "My [...]
Choosing the main Point Of View(s) for your story is either the simplest or the hardest thing you'll ever come across while writing your book. Determining the voice which narrates or unfolds your story is a tricky thing because if you select the wrong one your story is doomed. Sometimes (a few precious instances), you [...]
Point Of View, casually known as POV, is one of the most important literary devices that is used in fiction writing. Determining the perspective from which the story is told is often the making or the breaking point of a novel. If you make a wrong decision, your readers will be highly disappointed due to [...]
While working on my first book, Deceived, I hit the much-dreaded writer's block at a very crucial time - right when my book needed revising. It felt like I hit the bottom of my creative well and I had to abandon my manuscript for almost 2 months. I was completely devastated and after a few fruitless weeks [...]
Freewriting is a very important prewriting technique that not only helps you to get over your writer’s block, but also to tap into your sub-conscience mind and see what all ideas and stories are hiding there. Most of the times, we get stuck while writing a story, or an article, and simply don’t know what [...]
A First Draft is one of the most basic entities of fiction-writing and it lays the basic foundation of a novel. If you're a writer then you probably might have come across this term more than a thousand times already, and if not then you've come to the right place. Just for the sake of [...]
We all are aware of what revising a draft means and what it means to get your manuscript edited, but very few writers really know the real difference between the two. If you'll ask around, the most common answer is that what we do ourselves is revising and what an editor does is editing. But [...]
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 [...]
Every writer, whether they are big or small, experienced or newbie, published or unpublished, old or young, face the same fears and feel jittered before putting their work in front of the public (books, articles or any other content.)
What are these fears? What are the reasons that demotivate writers from writing? And finally, how to get over them and come out as a winner and go ahead with writing?
If you're looking for answers to these questions then go ahead and read.