5 Elements Of Plot In Fiction

Plot, one of the 5 main elements of fiction writing, is a term that confuses many new as well as veteran writers. When it comes to Fiction Writing, there is a big difference in the Story and the Plot. If you want to learn the difference between Story and Plot then read this article: Story [...]

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! [...]

Fiction Writing Masterclass – 4-Week Intensive Workshop

Learn to write a book from start to end in this 4-week intensive workshop - Fiction Writing Masterclass. It is recommended for writers who have an idea and don't know where to begin or how to write the book. It is also suitable for writers who have already started their book but are not stuck [...]

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, [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Editing Vs Revising

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 [...]

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 [...]

The 3-Act Structure: Introduction

“You can't plow a field simply by turning it over in your mind.” ― Gordon B. Hinckley Planning a novel is the most important aspect of creating one. Even if you're a pantster, at some or the other point, you'll realise the need to arrange the novel in an order which will ensure that the novel [...]

10 Essential Tools For Writers

Every writer needs a certain set of tools in order to write. And, trust me, it's not as simple as to just pick up a notebook and write. It might be for some writers (mostly intuitive writers,) but for most of us, there is a need for much more than just a pen and paper. If you wish [...]