7 Writing Mistakes to avoid in fiction

That readers’ attention span is dwindling is no secret. It has been said that an average reader takes less than a minute to abandon a book or a piece of writing. Reason? Not captivating enough. Writing mistakes take on many forms. There are instances of fiction that start off on a very ‘promising’ note and leave the reader feeling cheated at the end of what can sometimes be a long tedious read.

Our guest writer Preeti Milind More, a voracious reader herself, has compiled a list of what she calls Super Bloopers (ahem!) that generally ticks her off when she is reading fiction. So whether you are writing a short story or something longer, avoid these writing mistakes like the dengue Continue reading »

Market your book online with these internet marketing tips

How should an author market his/her book at minimum cost? How to use social media (facebook, twitter) to promote books online? These are perhaps the questions foremost on the minds of authors who don’t (yet) have a PR machinery in place. A full media campaign, we know, is rupee-guzzling and a first-time author is often dependent almost entirely on the publisher’s initiatives to market his/her book since the author may not be able to afford a full media campaign to publicize their novel. Most publishing contracts require authors too to do their fair share of offline and online book marketing. So what should authors do? Continue reading »

9 Writing Stimulators to combat Writer’s Block

Writer's block

You can’t think yourself out of a writing block, you have to write yourself out of a thinking block.
– John Rogers

In our earlier post we gave you some ideas about what creative activities you can pursue when you want to take a break from writing. If you missed it, here’s the post –> 4 Creative writing tips to make you a better writer.

But what happens when you are unable to write? Continue reading »

4 Creative writing tips to make you a better writer

No new creative writing ideas. The words seem to be on strike. You read what you’ve written and are completely dissatisfied and suddenly you don’t feel like writing. You know that there is a better way of writing something it just won’t come to you. Or you’ve written a few pages and have no idea what to do next and worse still, you are suddenly B-O-R-E-D with your story and you have this overwhelming urge to abandon it. Continue reading »

5 types of conflict in literature with examples

Types of conflict in literatureWe provided you with tips on how to write and develop the plot of a story. We talked about why one of the top questions that you need to stop and answer during each writing session is, “Is Something Happening?

Let’s look at this question under a slightly different light: If nothing were happening would it be interesting to read? This question is closely related to the topic on hand – conflict. Continue reading »