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 [...]
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 [...]
Many times, new writers and authors are faced with the age-old dilemma where they have to revise and edit their manuscripts. But only some of them really know the difference between the two. In this short article, you'll find the basic difference between "editing" and "revising" that will help you differentiate between the two easily. Editing: [...]
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 [...]
Characterization is the most important aspect of writing a book. Whether it's a short story or a long one, you need characters, and that too strong ones. They are the building blocks of your story as they provide substance and an extra dimension to it. Many people believe that in certain genres, such as mystery-thriller, [...]
Every writer, whether they are big or small, experienced or newbie, published or unpublished, old or young, face the same fears and feel jittered before putting their work in front of the public (books, articles or any other content.)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.