I believe the answer is nothing. Except the burning passion to write and continue to write no matter what. And that we constantly seek to improve yourselves as writing can never be a craft which someone is perfect at. Mastering it is in due time, but perfection is impossible. #1 All Of Us Have Different… Continue reading What defines a good writer?
Anyway, this month I have decided to take part on Nanowrimo, you can find me here. For once, I have decided to do so because it just so happened to have coincided with an idea that I got on Oct 30, while I was writing a novel that was getting scrapped. But after almost ten… Continue reading How do I do Nano
Pacing needs to be just right, there is something that we cannot deny. I have read and dropped many books due to poor pacing, such as reveals happening too late in the story or something. Which tells me that pacing is important. The right kind of pacing does depend on the story. Here are some… Continue reading How Important Is Pacing?
I am a writer who does everything at my pace. I haven't taken part in Nanowrimo, and nor will I think it is necessary to do so. By doing everything at my own pace, there are some benefits which I have found out too. #1 A Better First Draft If I write it all at… Continue reading The Benefits Of Writing At Your Own Pace
For me, developing a character isn't about using character sheets. It is neither about using spreadsheets. Both those methods never worked for me and for me, if you are a writer who finds yourself doing badly at it, then this is a post for you. When I write characters, to develop them, I usually use… Continue reading Developing A Character
On this topic, it has become a favourite of mine to write about. Why? Because I love to foreshadow, it seems as though certain aspects of a character being suggested from the very beginning was my favourite. Be it whether it was through a short one sentence description. But I prefer it to useless details… Continue reading How I Do Foreshadowing?
Is originality in writing a completely new concept. Or a new view on an existing concept. I would say it is the latter. Nothing is new under the sun, every book has borrowed from somewhere. And so does your work too. So, where does creativity come in? In how we display the world, how we… Continue reading What is Originality?
I typed the last word of my first novel a few weeks ago. And I knew what came next. Editing. But I decide that it should be saved for another day. And I know it is the hardest thing to ever accomplish for a writer. Finishing a novel can be one of the greatest joys,… Continue reading On Finishing A Novel
Realistic characters are really difficult to create, and really difficult to handle. Even if they lack the sort of heroism that most protagonists have, but when they are done well I like them a lot more than before. Why? Because it means that they aren't immune, they also have an awareness about them. It makes… Continue reading Making Characters Realistic
Inspiration is what inspires us to write. Without it, we all wouldn't have picked up writing in the first place. It all comes down to this one thing: that crazy story idea which we cannot stop thinking about before pushing us to write. A lot of things inspire my writing, but I will list them… Continue reading What Inspires My writing?
To me, a villain can make a book as much it can break it. A horrible villain is one whose motivations are nil, or are just plain horrible. Or if it passes the logic test, simply doesn't have any reason to why he would pursue it. My favourite kind of villain are those who simply… Continue reading What Makes A Fantastic Antagonist?
To me, there are no hard and fast rules about writing well. It all comes down to the fact on how you break those rules. And how you make it work into the novel. I have a personal belief that all writing rules are meant to be broken, and they are merely guidelines for us… Continue reading How to break rules well
For me it is always okay. Because if I focus solely on one I would eventually face a burnout. I'm not kidding. Since I would hit a block which I cannot get through or end up just losing interest in that novel. So for me, I have to work on two to three manuscripts simultaneously… Continue reading Is is okay to work on this manuscripts at the same time?
I would say that writing a healthy romance takes a lot of work. And sometimes a lot of skill too. To me, a healthy romance means that the characters should not be subjected to abuse with their beloved. That is just warped. Both sides should also fully respect and accept one another for their faults… Continue reading Writing A Healthy Romance
This can be one of the most difficult to pull off, and even sometimes I can barely pull it off. Making three dimensional characters is a must in almost any book, if you ask me. But it is also the headache for many writers, even me to an extent. The first thing which I would… Continue reading Making A Character Three-dimensional
To others that might include a lot of steps. But to me, I guess the main idea is to write, write and write. You probably wouldn't know what sounds good on your first novel, but after countless tries, your work would sound better albeit still not perfect. But the most basic thing you have to… Continue reading Improving Your Craft
A story can be as clichéd or as original as you want to be. There always will be borrowed elements from elsewhere, but to me it is bringing something new to these elements and frankly speaking what you think of them. I mean, we write books which are meant to be subjective. There is no… Continue reading Making A Story Original
This applies to main characters mostly. I really hate characters which are always doing the right thing. They are simply not believable to me in the least. Whenever I read a book about such characters, most of the time I think they are stupid. There is always a fine line between having a moral code… Continue reading Creating Believable Characters
If you have a busy schedule like I do, each day having so much in your plate yet still wanting to write, then you have come to the right post. Here is where I am going to share some of my secrets on how I manage to write every single day. #1 Keep A Schedule … Continue reading Making Time Out To Write
Many authors don't plan, and not saying they are wrong. But for me, planning works so well for a reason, it's because it saves a me a lot of time since I already know where the story is heading. And planning can be as detailed as an outline, or as loose as just a couple… Continue reading The Benefits Of Planning