How’s the NaNoWriMo going? I started but halfway through I realized that I need to read up a bit more, so am back to reading…it’s satisfying to have a word count of 2000 odd words a day but unless you really know how you want to frame a chapter how … Continue Reading Word Count
Have you ever thought about what genre your book lies in? This is a tricky question and is really important as it affects the way you market the book. I went to the Bangalore Lit Fest today and was fortunate to meet some amazing sci-fi and fantasy writers. They spoke … Continue Reading Genre: Fact or Fiction?
It’s NaNoWriMo month. I’ve been trying to do the 50,000 word count in November for many years now. Most of the time, something comes up and I stop. This year I’m trying again but the only reason I’m attempting it is because I have an idea about where the story … Continue Reading #NaNoWriMo 2019
I write with friends on and off and many times I meet them, I realize that I don’t have a notebook with me. Very unwriterly, but a fact. So I borrow paper and scribble sensory stories or prompt responses. When I get home, I forget about these sentences. The papers … Continue Reading Selected Scribblings
It often happens that I write a couple of chapters and then am inundated with reasons not to continue. This can go on for a couple of weeks, even months. In the back of my head, I wonder: Is it writer’s block? Is it laziness? Is it fear? This happened … Continue Reading Getting Back to Writing
I’ve been editing manuscripts for a while now and I’ve noticed that it has changed the way I write a great deal. In the beginning of my career, I edited scientific literature. I learnt to read without reading at all. So I may have read a scientific treatise on ophthalmology … Continue Reading Does Editing Change the Way you Write?
I found a cartoon on twitter by Tom Gauld…. This is exactly what is happening to my characters now. They are changing entirely. Women into men, children into women, men into monsters. The plot is not a straight line and neither are the characters. The material you thought you didn’t … Continue Reading Writing as Process