Why Writing Could Be A Lonely Soul’s Way Of Talking To You

A brilliant post by a friend and fellow writer on her love for writing. Comments disabled here. Head to the original post for the whole article and share some love. Featured in ‘From Around the World‘.

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(Image: Writing in the laps of the Himalaya. At Spiti Valley)

I am not the ‘life’ of any party

I do not have a gang of friends to embark on adventures or make my day to day life seem like a sitcom

I work from home so there isn’t any scope of making work friends, as well

I love reading, writing, a bit of gardening, and spending time with animals…well, umm…also, surfing the internet mindlessly sometimes and feeling like a loser…none of this involves a raging crowd 

The kind of friendship I crave for involves an unconditional presence for each other, a deep bond that transcends time and distance, the absence of judgement, a compatibility of minds and a magical connection of souls. Yes, I might as well ask for an unicorn that would take me to space! 

As a result of all these factors I do not have many people to talk to…

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Story Continuation Challenge Prompt 11

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Story Continuation Challenge Prompt 10

Last week, we had changed the rules a bit and upped the ante. You story-tellers had had it too easy I had thought. 😀 I had prepared myself to be surprised yet again with your amazing stories. And surprised I was! Mandi's story about waging war to maintain peace and Sonali's story about battling environmental destruction to save … Continue reading Story Continuation Challenge Prompt 10

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

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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:
https://wanderingsoul2015blog.wordpress.com/2016/04/06/how-do-i-write-a-novel/

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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Story Continuation Challenge Prompt 5

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That Dreaded Thing Called ‘Self Doubt’

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Story Continuation Challenge Prompt 2

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