Prem Rao

Stories from a Story Teller

Inspiration For Writers

Apart from the much talked of “Writers’ Block”, there are many events that can send your writing schedule for a toss. You could face important tasks that you have put off, busy as you were with your writing. You could also lose some of the zeal for writing, if you were to get a rejection just when you were starting off on a new chapter in your work in progress. Believe me, at the end of the day, writing is all about how you feel at that point in time. Read more…

Trivia About P G Wodehouse

Without any shade of doubt, for me, Sir Pelham Grenville Wodehouse was the best writer in the English language.  Evelyn Waugh called him, “The Master” and we, his fans from all over the world, rejoice in his writings nearly 40 years after he, to use a phrase he was fond of, “handed in his dinner pail.” Read more…

My Favourite Quotes on Writing

Let me do something new today. I’ll share a few of my favourite quotes on writing and shall try and explain why they mean so much to me. The objective is not to explain the quote itself, because you can understand them as well as I can, it is to share why it resonates with me. Read more…

Gaining Through Writing Competitions

Sometimes the best way to challenge yourself is to take part in a competition. You may win some, and to be honest you may not win most of them but there are advantages of merely participating in them. Writing competitions are no different. There are ever so many of them. You need to keep your eyes open and spot opportunities which may appeal to you and your tastes in writing.

Some call for only short stories, others are more broad-based in scope. Most of them charge a fee, though you do have some competitions which are totally free.  Read the conditions prescribed as they vary from competition to competition, some don’t want you to submit work submitted elsewhere; most others don’t want work already published and so on. Read more…

Aren’t You On Twitter?

I have been on Twitter for a while now. I took to what was then a relatively new experience in August 2007, which now seems oh so long ago!  I would recommend that if you are an author, you really should be on Twitter too. If, however, you already are on Twitter, then much of what I have to say may already been known to you. If on the other hand, you haven’t yet experienced Twitter, here are a few points that may persuade you to do so:-

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Character Lists

Today’s post, I must confess was triggered by this post on Character Lists in Marla Madison’s blog.

Do you remember books which listed the key characters in them? Here, for example, is a Character List from Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet.”

I liked this idea personally. I haven’t used this in any of my books but hope to do so in a work in progress project.  In addition to the points made by Marla in her blog, I believe the following are worth keeping in mind, if you plan to use a List of Characters: Read more…

Stories About Writers

When you imagine what it is like to be a writer different images flash to different people. Many believe the writer is one who stays in his den, banging away the whole day at his keyboard, dead to the world outside. Others see the archetypical writer as being a rather arty kind of figure who lives in his own world often divorced from reality. I though today, I would share a few interesting and heart warming stories about people of my tribe, the writers. Read more…

Interesting Blogs on Writing

As always, I am on the look out for interesting blogs that have material useful to fellow writers. Many authors are generous with their tips and share their experiences. I have gained from some of these blogs and hope that budding writers would gain from some of the posts I share on this blog. Here is a selection of blogs/blog posts that caught my attention recently:- Read more…

Directory of Best Indian Blogs 2013-14

Every year, Indian Top Blogs lists it’s Directory of best Indian Blogs. I am delighted to share with you that this blog features in the list one more time.  It is one of the 525 blogs chosen for this honour. I feel quite elated today. I started this as my writing blog called, “Writing To Be Read” and as you know merged all my writing related stuff into this blog/website some time ago. Read more…

“Let The Dead Stay Dead”: A Psychological Novel

Today, I plan to share a few thoughts on the making of “Let The Dead Stay Dead” my latest novel, which has been published on Wattpad to reach out to a larger audience. I must confess that I started out with the view that it would be a thriller, much like my first two novels, “It Can’t Be You” and “Lucky For Some, 13.”

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