Once again, thank you to all of you for participating in the previous week's challenge. I loved reading your stories, and it amazes me each time to see such amazing story-telling in such few lines. Last week's prompt was as random as it could be and yet the responses were inspiring and creative. My personal … Continue reading Story Continuation Challenge Prompt 4
To all those who participated to the Story Continuation Challenge last week : Thank you for taking up the challenge. All the responses were amazing, and each one of you took us all on a beautiful journey through your short story. The creativity and story-telling is amazing. Congratulations to you all, for the amazing skills and … Continue reading Story Continuation Challenge Prompt 3
Chimpu, an inquisitive but adorable baby monkey, lived with his family and friends in the dense jungles outside the city. His best friends were Jumbo, a big, fat elephant and Pinky, a thoughtful woodpecker. They would often play in the evenings when Pinky and Jumbo would come home from their day’s task of searching for … Continue reading Chimpu’s Tales
To all those who participated to the Story Continuation Challenge last week : Thank you for taking up the challenge. I was overwhelmed to see the response. Your replies were not just hugely motivating to me, being host blogger, but also immensely creative and interesting. Funny, dark, realistic - each entry brought about a different reaction and … Continue reading Story Continuation Challenge Prompt 2
I don't know how but I landed on this writing app called 'The Most Dangerous Writing App'. I think someone in my writer's group on Facebook had suggested a writer's website, and while browsing through that website I came across an article about this app. Apparently, the app erases everything you've written if you pause … Continue reading The Most Dangerous Writing App
Warm Welcome Story-tellers! A few days back I had asked for your inputs if I started a 'Story Continuation Challenge'. Quite a few of you had responded favourably (A few of you had even shared valuable suggestions to make it more interesting) so here's presenting the first prompt for you to take further and weave … Continue reading Story Continuation Challenge Prompt 1
The housekeeper walked in and blushed at the sight. It told her a mischievous story. She giggled to herself as she straightened the bedsheets and hummed a romantic tune. The crumpled satin sheets held the promise of a love fulfilled. The mirror must have been a witness to their trysts, she thought naughtily. In the … Continue reading Morning Blues
I had a huge list of ideas to work on and weave stories out of, during my morning walk earlier today. Why is that the ideas have to strike me at the worst of times? Have you ever noticed they come visiting only when you are at a dinner party with the most chatty person in the … Continue reading Words … And words are all I have!
I am considering hosting a 'story continuation' challenge. Each week, there would be a one line beginning provided with an open ending. The challenge would be to continue the story by writing the subsequent line, in the comments. The 2-line story may take whatever shape the participants (you!) choose to give it. The challenge would … Continue reading Story Continuation Challenge
This is Part VI of an ongoing series. To read the previous parts, click here. Anaisha heard the shouting from the kitchen and walked back. With downcast eyes, she said quietly, “I’m right here.” “There’s a lot you don’t know. Your mother... and then you had said that….” She started to explain. “Don’t bring Ma … Continue reading New Beginnings
09:30 a.m. Alicia had just stepped out of her house into the unusually quiet street and wondered why there were no taxis to be seen. As she looked around helplessly, a helpful passer-by informed her about the taxi strike. She glared at the creature who had dared to apprise her of reality as if he was personally responsible for … Continue reading A Moment of Time
What is that one day you remember as being the most hectic and yet having had the most amazing time? Never give up because that is just the place and time that the tide will turn. - Harriet Beecher Stowe This past Sunday was one such day for me. I had been cooped up at … Continue reading My Best Day of 2016
Niranjan Shetty closed the file and put it aside. Leaning forward he said, “Preeti, it’s best for you to leave this to the experts. This is no time to think about all this. Let the management handle it. You focus on your tasks.” “Sir, if I am given this project I’ll be eligible … Continue reading Who’s the Boss?
The shrill screams of the passengers rang out piercingly through the still air, as the car hurtled down the steep slope. They were gasping for breath; hearts in their mouth, terror writ large on their faces. They drew a few sharp breaths raggedly, as their car came to level ground and seemingly slowed down a … Continue reading The Death Ride
Arjun looked around at the lush greenery, soaking in the early morning sun rays. It was good to be back home, he thought, as he jogged down the cemented path, which was flanked by shrubs and flower bushes. He had had to modify the exercise regime here. The neighborhood gym wasn’t anything like the one … Continue reading Cupid’s Ball
A month into 2016, and here I am taking stock of which resolutions I stuck to and which I got stuck into. My first resolution was decided a few days before 2015 had officially ended. I had met a tarot card reader, who urged that I meditate for 10 minutes daily. Only 10 minutes? I … Continue reading My New Year Resolutions – Report Card
This is Part V. To read previous parts in the series, click here. Anaisha stared at him, confused. She had just asked her guests whether they preferred tea, coffee, juice or soft drinks. And, he had answered Whiskey?! Whiskey! Had he really asked for Whiskey? But he never consumed liquor! Or did he? Anaisha wondered … Continue reading The Dinner Party
What's magic... but a wish of the imaginary The imagination of the weary! An illusion of eyes and a sleight of the hand What's magic but a world of make belief band A dream come true, a moment lived without theory! Sincere apologies for the above. I take no responsibility for it. Whatsoever. I came … Continue reading Magic
Preeti felt sore all over. Sitting in the same position for long hours did that to her. She rubbed the back of her neck, as she waited for the flying envelope to reach the end of the screen. After what seemed like an endless wait, during which only the sounds of her breathing and the … Continue reading Pizza
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The New Year is rapidly approaching and many of us will soon be setting our goals (aka resolutions) for 2016. Where is writing on your list? If you are reading this post, it’s likely close to the top.
Here are a dozen writing and writing-related goals you may want to include and tips on how to do so:
- Be on the lookout for inspiration.
Some people record ideas, snippets of conversation, random words and phrases, etc. in a notebook or on their electronic device. Make it a habit to do so. Don’t simply trust your memory; it’s amazing how quickly “that perfect idea” can vanish.
- Set up your writer’s nook.
What do you need around you when you write? Pictures of your family? A shelf of skills development books? A cozy corner with a comfortable chair, your journal, and a stash of gel pens? A clutter-free desk with only your…
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