I have been fascinated by both the species of writers - plotters and pantsers. Plotters are those who plan and outline their story before beginning. Pantsers are those who write what comes to their mind and discover their story as they write. While Jeffrey Archer says that he never writes an opening scene till he … Continue reading What comes first? Story or Structure?
While I cannot speak for all writers out there, most of us seem to love to pack books into our suitcase. I end up buying books at the place I'm traveling to, too (book buying is my compulsion/ addiction!) So, usually, my suitcase looks like this while I'm packing. When I'm coming back, the story … Continue reading What Do Writers Pack for Vacation?
The last week has taught me an important lesson - a mess is huge only when we are close to it. If we look at it with the right perspective, it's not so bad! So, I've been keeping my distance from the mess and putting all of myself into my work... and it works! Hearts … Continue reading Getting Out of The Mess
It is not just the writing and the multiple projects that demand silence from me. I need silence and solitude not just to think about those things. I need silence for something else too. I'm still not comfortable talking about it. Let me just put it this way. I got myself into a MESS and … Continue reading Why Do I Need the Silence?
Continuing the previous post, I need to update that I have been absolutely unsuccessful in my attempt to limit social media. On top of that, I think I need to get some carefree personal solitude time to think about lots of things happening in my life and in my head. Social media is just adding … Continue reading Distractions Agalore – Part II
It is so hard to write with so many distractions all around me. Recently, I've been reading Upstream by Mary Oliver. Frankly, I've been jealous. She had surrounded herself with such peace that it is only nature and writing that find a place in her life. I'm addicted to Facebook and Whatsapp. Though I've shut … Continue reading Distractions Agalore
I am not going to talk about which is better - whether you self-publish your book or traditionally publish the same is your choice. If you want to know which is better in the Indian scenario, let me know in the comments and I'll make a separate blog post on that. For now, I want … Continue reading Indie Writers Vs. Trad-Published Writers
Writers are of two kinds: 1) Writers who have other paying jobs and 2) Writers who do nothing else, except writing, the entire day. The writers who belong to the former category usually find it hard to write because they have another full-time job. They complain that they do not have the adequate time necessary … Continue reading Why is it so hard to Write?
This is the first question that most writers are badgered with in interviews. Does it matter? Does it make a difference whether they began at five or ninety-five?