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 [...]

10 Ways To Prepare For NaNoWriMo 2020

NaNoWriMo - National Novel Writing Month is around the corner and I am really looking forward to it particularly this year because of the entire lockdown situation. I simply cannot wait to get back to one of my story's draft and start writing again motivated by all the NaNo energy on my social media feeds! [...]

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, [...]

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 [...]

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?  Remember, not every idea is a good idea. Tweet As a beginner, [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Webinar on Introduction To Creative Writing Basics

Webinar #1 : Introduction To Creative Writing Basics Attend my free Webinar on Introduction To Creative Writing Basics on 30th April 2020 at 11:00am on Facebook Live. Here's the link to the Facebook Event on my author page: https://www.facebook.com/events/527107161510397/?ts=pss Do give my Fb page a follow to stay updated about the event. Don't waste your [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Camp NaNoWriMo April’18

Hello world, I'm back from yet another break! Like every year since 2014, I'm participating in Camp NaNoWriMo April'18. For this month I don't have a lot planned out, but just a basic idea of what needs to be done. I'm mainly going to go for 2 things this time - sorting out the ending [...]

Naming The Writer’s Unconscious – A Little Girl And Her Puppy

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 [...]

What Is Writer’s Block? And 3 Things to Keep In Mind

There are a lot of people who don't believe in the existence of Writer's Block, but let's face it, even though you don't want to name it, there are periods of time in every writer's life when you simply can't write (no matter how much you want to!) You can call it a "bad phase", [...]

10 Questions To Help You Determine The POV(s) For Your Story

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 Views (POVs)

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 [...]

The Font Effect

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 – Everything You Need To Know

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 [...]

All About First Drafts

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 [...]