First things first. I wrote a book! And miracle of miracles, it actually got published. And it is doing quite well, if I may say so myself. But let me go back a bit and share with you how I actually got here. The initial idea for this book wasn’t mine. Instead, it was my publisher … Continue reading The Journey of Writing Dashavatar: The Story of How I Became a Published Author
Where Art Thou?
Republished for the purpose of this blogathon that is supported by Woo, The most popular match making app in India with a base of over 3.5 million users.” Dear Future Husband, How are you doing? I am well and have been searching for you high and low. Where exactly are you hiding? Are you under the … Continue reading Where Art Thou?
No Safe Zone!
The blue tag dangled invitingly from the shelf. ‘Hot Release’, it announced. Aaliyah glanced at the book. ‘No Safe Zone’, it said on the spine. Aaliyah sighed. Yes, that much was true. She looked around furtively. She had spotted him loitering around her house earlier. Had he followed her here too? Aaliyah fought to control … Continue reading No Safe Zone!
Who Said Girls Only Have Long Hair?
Vicky stared at his reflection in the mirror. True to its character, it stared right back at him. His eyes wandered to the top of his head where the rays of the Sun streaming from the window kissed his hair, warming it in its faint glow. They lent a natural golden tinge to his luscious, … Continue reading Who Said Girls Only Have Long Hair?
A 100 Words Micro Fiction
Here I am sharing a short story I wrote long back, in response to a prompt given by Short Story Lovers' Facebook Page. I had even forgotten about it. Only now when it came up on my notifications recently, because someone clicked 'like' on it, did I remember that I had written it quite some … Continue reading A 100 Words Micro Fiction
Gimme One Moment of Solitude
Aarti stared at the bubbling water with vacant eyes. She could hear vague murmurs from the adjoining room. Listlessly, she added the tea leaves and the sugar. She had insisted on making them tea herself. He always loved the tea prepared by her. Soon the murmurs got louder and turned into chatter. An exuberant burst … Continue reading Gimme One Moment of Solitude
A New Dawn
A buzzing sound emanated from somewhere. Consistent and continuous, it sometimes grew louder, sometimes faded away. Just like Rimi, who drifted in and out of consciousness. Even in those few moments when she came to, she could feel or see nothing. All that was visible was blackness. It was all around her - complete, all-encompassing … Continue reading A New Dawn
"No!" Aisha giggled. Mark checked his speed-o-meter again. "No? You sure?" He asked her, sticking his tongue out even more. "Daddy, noooo." Aisha giggled again. "Still no doggy," she said, flapping the large ragged doll in her hands for emphasis. "Okay, No." He laughed. "What about a horse?" Checking the rear-view mirror, he cautiously overtook … Continue reading Daddy’s Princess
An Exciting Update
I have some exciting news to share with you today. And because it's Camp NaNoWriMo month again, this news is even more special as I work towards completing my novel. Before I give the big news, let me share with you a small update about my novel. When I had first attempted Camp NaNoWriMo in … Continue reading An Exciting Update
When Little Lenny became Angry
When the theme for the Limerick Challenge is Humour, Can't stay away for long; correct is the rumour Had to write a story too Else all the boys would boo Just hoping this one causes no tumour Scolded by daddy, little Lenny became angry Resolved to leave the day it was sunny Ran away he … Continue reading When Little Lenny became Angry
Story Continuation Challenge Season Finale
The Story Continuation Challenge ran for 11 straight weeks and some amazing stories came out of it. The prompts were as difficult as I could make them and yet the ones who participated wrote such brilliant stories that it sometimes made us sad, sometimes angry, sometimes all goey and warm-hearted and always left us wanting … Continue reading Story Continuation Challenge Season Finale
Story Continuation Challenge Prompt 11
The Mother's Day prompt was interesting and easy enough , I guess. At least the responses seem to indicate so. There were two very interesting write-ups. Once again, from Mandi and Sonali. I absolutely loved both the articles and especially was impressed by the novelty and unique perspective in both. It helped me change my … Continue reading Story Continuation Challenge Prompt 11
The First Night
My fingers clutched at his dark, curly wisps of hair, my eyes closed in a hypnotic trance, my lips pursed together. I lay there, silently, with him mounted on top of me. Occasionally, I will myself to let out a seductive moan of encouragement. Not that he needed any. He was in the throes of … Continue reading The First Night
Story Continuation Challenge Prompt 9
I cannot express in words how much I enjoy reading your stories. And I do agree that it's time to go beyond the 1 or 2 line limitation. Please do read the challenge rules as they are a bit different now. From now onwards, please write a longer piece of flash fiction. Please feel free … Continue reading Story Continuation Challenge Prompt 9
The Camp NaNoWriMo Battle Victory
I've already been shouting about this from the roof-tops. I've also been dragging you along on my journey, turning to you often enough for moral support, motivation and encouragement. I only talked about my novel and of Camp NaNoWriMo this whole month. Looks like it worked after all. This is to thank you for standing … Continue reading The Camp NaNoWriMo Battle Victory
Story Continuation Challenge Prompt 8
Last week's challenge was interesting, wasn't it? I enjoyed it a lot, especially the contradiction in the tone of the words and the actual action happening in the scene. I liked Kay's story a lot. Wicked, it was! Lisa had me begging for more and Mandi's story on 'Renewing My License' was interesting. If you … Continue reading Story Continuation Challenge Prompt 8
Of Rains and Rainbows: Solicit your feedback
A few months ago, a close friend had said this about me: “Give her any prompt and she dives right into it; writing in full flow.” At the time I had simply laughed and brushed it off. But her words came to mind yesterday after I completed the first assignment at the Interactive Flash Fiction … Continue reading Of Rains and Rainbows: Solicit your feedback
Story Continuation Challenge Prompt 7
With Camp NaNoWriMo in full swing and my Sikkim travel tales, the Story Continuation Challenge got second rate treatment, unfortunately. But here it is , with another interesting prompt this week. But first, over to last week's stories. I loved the stories that came in last week. Let me repeat that. Absolutely, loved them! With such … Continue reading Story Continuation Challenge Prompt 7
Story Continuation Challenge Prompt 6
It's heartening to see the creativity and stories you spin from just one random sentence. Last week's prompt couldn't have been easy. It was as random as can be and yet, some of the most interesting stories came out of it. Even the additional challenge doesn't seem to anything more than an interesting angle for you … Continue reading Story Continuation Challenge Prompt 6
How to write a romance novel for Camp Nanowrimo
Questions asked by a new writer, answered by experts. One of them is Summerita Rhayne – winner of various contests of Harlequin and Harper Collins India. Thank you for taking the time to not only visit and read my blog but to also reply patiently, Summerita!
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Piyusha Vir wrote this lovely post about her difficulties in attempting Camp Nanowrimo. For the uninitiated, Camp Nanowrimo is a virtual writers’ camp where you can set a target and push yourself to achieve it. Piyusha wants to write 10,000 words, but wants to know how to pen a romance novel during Camp Nanowrimo. You can read her list of queries here:
Piyusha, thanks for tagging me to answer your queries. Since your questions were too numerous to be answered in a simple comment box, here’s my response in the form of a blog post:
Don’t chain together incidents without theme.
A novel is not a running commentary of various incidents. The point of a story is not that protagonist has to get from point A to point B. Well, it can be a useful instrument to form the setting of your story. Eg the hero and the heroine…
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