Writing Fiction #Helpfultips

Hi folks,

Writers helping writers is the theme of my non fiction writing help books. Priced low and written concisely, these will help the newbie as well as the seasoned tale spinner.

Get Conflict in Fiction, a short summary about everything you need to know from defining to creating conflict in fiction.

Without conflict, there is no readability. How to create a conflict that will sustain over the course of your story? Pick up the book to find out. The matter is given pointwise for easy understanding.

I am thankful to The Book Club and Rubina Ramesh for pushing me to write this. I never thought of myself as a non fiction author though I have been blogging writing advice for a long time. But the encouragement led me to write this. I extend thanks also to them for the help in editing and formatting the book.

Don’t delay but check out the booklet. It’s available at Amazon kindle store now.

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#Wednesdaywritingtips: Sharing #writingtips from #authors

Hello and welcome to another installment of Wednesday writing tips. On Wednesday I put up writing advice pertaining to various arenas of writing given by authors based on their own experience. I started this section as Writerstipswednesday but now think Wednesday writing tips is more suitable, so have renamed it. Many thanks to Devika for her help in selecting the hashtag 🙂 If you share this, please use #Wednesdaywritingtips to connect the posts.

Today I have authors talking about writing craft, using ideas, adding pace to your writing and some plotting advice from yours truly.

Tess Woods, Harper Collins author has this valuable advice about giving your ideas more meaning in your story. She says:

“The best advice I have received with my own writing was to make sure that everything you write about is relevant to the story. If you describe a pet bird, then you better make sure that bird then features somehow in the plot or there was no point mentioning it. This cuts out a lot of excessive descriptions and keeps the pace nice and fast to keep readers engaged.”

Have you had trouble keeping track of your ideas while you try to put them in the plot? Our memory is most treacherous and the things you are sure you will remember will slip out of your grasp.

Sharon Boothroyd of Kishboo e-mag has this to share regarding keeping ideas and reworking them.

“Keep an ideas book, so these ideas can develop into a story. Jot a list of titles, and write a story for the title. Always re-draft rejected stories and think of another place to send them. Start a story with a line of dialogue -a question is a good opening. Describe all the senses in fiction – smell, taste, hearing, touch and sight. Always finish a piece of work. Keep writing!”

Devika Fernando, romance and fantasy author, relates how she adds pace to her writing:

“I find it very useful to write each chapter of my book in a separate Word document in the beginning. It makes it easier to search for something I want to clarify or rewrite during my rounds of revising editing. It also helps me to make sure that I have a good first line that grabs the reader’s attention, and an equally great last line that makes the reader want to find out what happens next. Another advantage is that I feel motivated to write the whole chapter in one go, so I can ‘close’ the document and start afresh on another chapter.”

Those who like to take pen to paper before fingers on the keyboard will resonate with Deep Downer‘s experience. This advertising professional-turned-author has this knack of getting editing done efficiently. His take:

“Call me old-fashioned, but I prefer my fountain pen (a Mont Blanc; yeah I’m a showoff) and a notebook to write the first draft. I feel I write faster that way, and the flow of thought is expedited too.
What it also does is, give me an additional avenue for editing, while I’m typing it on the laptop. That’s my first edit. After I finish typing, I let it rest for a couple of weeks, besides giving my eyes a change of scenery. After the cooling-off period, I open it again, afresh, and start editing the heck out of it. It usually then takes three rounds of editing – with at least a week between each of them – before I send it to the betas and/or start with proofing.”

Thanks Tess, Sharon, Devika and Deep Downer for sharing your writing tactics.

Here’s my input for today: “While plotting your story, do not go into the nitty gritty details. It will take the surprise element out of your writing. If you can’t think of what should happen after X, leave some space and go on to the event Z. Y will come when you get down to writing it. Take my word for it. Who knows you may find Y split into Ya, Yb and so on and you might get some nice subplots to add twists to your tale. So don’t plot too much. Trust the process.”

That’s all for today. Stay tuned for more in writing by following #Wednesdaywritingtips

If you are a published or aspiring author, you are welcome to participate in Wednesday writing tips by sending in your writing tips and sharing those of others. Send in your writing tip for Wednesday writing tips by using contact form of this blog. Please add your website/blog link and a one line bio.

#writerstipwednesday

I have been meaning to start a writerstipwednesday section on this blog for a long time. Since the first thing to be done in the New Year should be taking care of old matters, so I’m taking the plunge on this today.

writerstipwednesday is for writers. And especially for aspiring authors. In true sense, an author is always aspiring as long as they are writing but I use the term to mean as yet unpublished writers. But which ever phase of writing you fall in, you must have gleaned some experiences so this section is to put forward the lessons from those mistakes so others may profit from them.

All you have to do is message/email me your writing tip. It can be about any stage in the writing process, grammar, writing craft, writing art, publishing, marketing, reader engagement….anything related to writing. It need not be in a highly polished or formal state though of course it should be understandable. It can be of any length upto 350 words. I’ll post your tip along with your one important link – your site link or book link or anything you like.

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So get ready and sharpen your pencils – or dust of your keyboards – as the case maybe. Pour out the gems the world is waiting to hear from you. Especially that writer who’s stuck staring at the blank screen. Think, what could help that writer do better? One tip per writer per Wednesday. That’s the only rule. It means, don’t bombard me with writing advice. Just give me one very helpful, sparkling, scintillating, earth shaking insight into writing. That will be the sword that magically tears up the giant evil monster to bits. We are all struggling with various monsters during writing, so the wordy swords from you will be very welcome.

You can comment in the box at the ‘About me’ page on this blog to contribute to writerstipwednesday. Thank you. Wish you a rocking year ahead. Wish this year brings us the discovery of a pizza which actually reduces your weight when you eat it. And similar varieties of chocolate, aloo tikki….you get my drift 🙂

Happy New year. Go grab your dreams and help others in theirs.

Remember to use #writerstipwednesday in all Twitter mentions about this.

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