10 Best Advice On Writing By Stephen King

Stephen King, for me, is the God of writing. He knows how to create believable characters that will make you feel all kinds of emotions (a wide, wide range of emotions at that), he creates genre-defining works and his stories are simply incomparable to any other on the planet (though I do know a coupleContinue reading “10 Best Advice On Writing By Stephen King”

Writing Vlog #2: Writing A Short Story From Scratch

In this video, I have tried to capture my process of writing a short story. If you are a new writer or are curious about how writing is done, then I am sure you’ll enjoy this video. I you are a veteran writer then I am sure you will be able to relate to itContinue reading “Writing Vlog #2: Writing A Short Story From Scratch”

7 Types Of Characters In Fiction

Characterisation is one of the most important elements of any story, long or short. If you don’t get the characterisation right, chances are that your story will fall flat on its face and no writer wants that to happen! So the best way to make sure that your story stays with the reader long beforeContinue reading “7 Types Of Characters In Fiction”

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 youContinue reading “Character Profile Sheets (CPS) – Part 2”

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 senseContinue reading “The 4-Act-Structure: Introduction”

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: “MyContinue reading “Naming The Writer’s Unconscious – A Little Girl And Her Puppy”

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”,Continue reading “What Is Writer’s Block? And 3 Things to Keep In Mind”

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 toContinue reading “Point Of Views (POVs)”

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 ofContinue reading “All About First Drafts”

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. ButContinue reading “Editing Vs Revising”

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 placeContinue reading “The 3-Act Structure: In Detail”

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 novelContinue reading “The 3-Act Structure: Introduction”