Tag: writing

  • 16 New Courses In Creative Writing

    16 New Courses In Creative Writing

    There was a time one had to spent hours trying to find a decent course on writing that would teach at least something on writing that would help a budding writer. Fast forward to today, there are so many new courses that it is getting increasingly difficult to choose from or even keep a tab […]

  • Fiction Writing Bootcamp 2022

    Fiction Writing Bootcamp 2022

    Fiction Writing Bootcamp 2022 – Learn from scratch to advanced. After almost a year, I am back with a much requested class for everyone who missed it last year. This year, I have included a module on publishing basics as well in order to help writers draft their query letters and proposals for submission to […]

  • Copyright For Writers – Everything You Need To Know

    Copyright For Writers – Everything You Need To Know

    Everything you need to know about copyrighting your work as a writer.

  • 10 Best Advice On Writing By Stephen King

    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 couple […]

  • 5 Tips To Write Great Sentences

    5 Tips To Write Great Sentences

    Everyone wants to write great prose, but most fo the times they ignore the very thing that makes up the prose itself – sentences! In order to write great prose, you need to be able to write great sentences and in order to write great sentences, first you need to know what kind of sentences […]

  • 3 Types Of Sentences That All Fiction Writers Must Know

    3 Types Of Sentences That All Fiction Writers Must Know

    Most of the writers, especially ESL Writers – English as Second Language Writers, face the problems of creative effective, sentences with great flow while writing a fictional story. On the surface it may not seem like a big problem, but when you really think about it, a sentence is practically the most basic unit in […]

  • Guided Writing Groups – Write With Me

    Guided Writing Groups – Write With Me

    I present to you Guided Writing Groups – 3 Tiers of Exclusive Writing Groups! In all the workshops I’ve conducted and having spoken to over a 100 budding writers, the main problem with each and everyone’s writing, that I have been able to identify so far are two: lack of motivation (or simply not knowing […]

  • CCW Flash Fiction Writing

    Crazy Cat Writers’ (CCW) Flash Fiction is a Monthly Flash Fiction Challenge, where we share 2 topics every month for writers to write stories upto 1500 words. We pick one winner on each topic and publish the winners for each topic on the Crazy Cat Writer blog on the 15th and the 30th of each […]

  • What Is Camp NaNo WriMoWriMo?

    What Is Camp NaNo WriMoWriMo?

    If you are writer who’s even mildly active on social media then you might have heard about the NaNoWriMo – National Novel Writing Month. But what about Camp NaNoWriMo? Camp NaNoWriMo is a spinoff of NaNoWriMo which you can customise as per your own needs. In their own words: Camp NaNoWriMo is your next, great […]

  • My Author Introduction: Heena R. Pardeshi

    Finally, I got around to creating a video for my author introduction post. Do check it out and let me know how it is?

  • Writing Vlog #2: Writing A Short Story From Scratch

    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 it […]

  • 7 Types Of Characters In Fiction

    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 before […]

  • Creating Realistic Characters

    Creating Realistic Characters

    Creating Realistic Characters is an hour-long webinar on characterisation basics. I will be doing a follow-up Webinar with the advance techniques used for characterisation, so make sure you attend this one. Webinar Details Date: 5th December 2020Time: 11:00 am to 12:00 pm (can go on till 12:30 pm) – Indian Standard Time Platform: YouTube LiveLink to the […]

  • 5 Elements Of Plot In Fiction

    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

    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 […]

  • Decoding Horror Genre For Writers

    Decoding Horror Genre For Writers

    Here’s the live stream of my 5th Webinar: Decoding Horror genre for Writers:

  • 10 Ways To Prepare For NaNoWriMo 2020

    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! […]

  • Finding The Right Idea

    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?  As a beginner, you might feel the need, a very compulsive need, […]

  • Discovering The Writer Within

    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

    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 […]

  • A Winter Morning

    A Winter Morning

    I am a hopeless winter-person – you know, when a person goes overboard in hauling around shawls everywhere, wearing cardigans even when it’s barely cold, wearing socks while sleeping and using a heater or a hot water bag at night to warm the cold feet. I know I am not the only one so I […]

  • Character Profile Sheets (CPS) – Part 2

    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 […]

  • A Comprehensive Look At Literary Devices

    A Comprehensive Look At Literary Devices

    As a writer, it becomes a necessity at some point or the other, to understand as many technicalities of the craft as possible. Whether you’re an intuitive writer or a deliberate one, there will be times when you’ll have to break the literary rules in order to create your masterpiece, but in order to do […]

  • The 4-Act-Structure: Introduction

    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 […]

  • Quick Updates – #amwriting

    Quick Updates – #amwriting

    I had planned for 2 short stories and 1 article on Writing to post in through April and May, but unfortunately, things got in the way (as they usually do) and I completely forgot about the drafts (some half-baked some ready to go up) sitting patiently on my dashboard. I thought I’ll get back to […]

  • Naming The Writer’s Unconscious – A Little Girl And Her Puppy

    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: “My […]

  • What Is Writer’s Block? And 3 Things to Keep In Mind

    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”, […]

  • 10 Questions To Help You Determine The POV(s) For Your Story

    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 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 […]