Fellow bloggers and blog-readers, I’m delighted to share the arrival of my bonny baby boy on 2nd June! The little one and I are doing well, though I am a little sleep-deprived as expected. The blog will be on hiatus for a while now, as will my writing. Ideas and plots are stewing in … More It’s a Boy!
I have been light on writing-related work this year. No Short Story Challenge, and definitely no other brand new work. I’ve spent most of my available free time on editing and whipping older pieces into shape. Per my records, I have about 28 of these essays and short stories that I need to whittle and … More Mini-Update
21st April this year marks the 200th birth anniversary of the author Charlotte Bronte. I have read only one of her novels, i.e. the infamous Jane Eyre, but that has made a lasting impression on me. I first read the book as a teenager in school. I cannot remember if it was an abridged version, … More The Other Jane
Elmore Leonard expired a few years ago, and apart from his brilliant books, the best legacy he could’ve left for writers was his ten rules. Do modern novels really follow them? Let’s take a look at a breakdown of the rules. Never open a book with weather. The reader is likely to “leaf ahead looking … More Elmore Leonard’s 10 Rules of Writing
In April last year, I participated in Writer’s Weekly 24-Hour Contest, just to challenge myself. In this contest, 24 hours are given to write a story. A prompt and a word count are provided on the given day and within a day writers are supposed to send their stories in. The entry fee costs $5 and … More The Sound of Silence
Every January I look back on the year that went past with the intent of scrutinizing it to see what I could’ve done better/different. It’s a fun exercise, and I like to make sure I’m growing in my writing. Check out my previous year-end posts here, here, and here. At the beginning of the year … More 2015 Year-end Wrap-up
Earlier in August this year, I got an email from the good folks at Southern Star Publications, which published the winners of the contest held by Creative Writing Institute last year, in which I won third place. They asked if I’d be interested to send in a story on the theme sentence for this year’s … More The Bargain