The Value of Editing

Yay! I have just finished NaNoWriMo 2010 having reached 50,000 words for my novel “Lucky For Some, Thirteen”. I recognize that the novel is far from being complete though I have much to celebrate about. I have finished the first step- that of writing the foundation of the novel. Typically, novels in the genre I write in of thrillers/mysteries should be of at least 70,000-80,000 words.

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Quotations On Writing

When ever I find the time, I feel like browsing the pages in The Quotations Page, a website which gives you thousands of quotations on a wide variety of subjects. Here for example is the page on Quotations on Writing. I find myself inspired, amused and provoked to think as I browse through them. If you have a writer’s block, drop in here and see these quotations. There are over 100 quotations on writing here. They may just inspire you to write more!

Inspired by Irving Wallace

Irving Wallace was a top selling author and I vividly remember some of his books from the ’70s like ” The Prize”.  He inspired many, like me , to write based on our imagination. One of his outstanding quotes was:  “You need not have lived something to see it, to write about it. You were provided with imagination. Use it. Da Vinci did not have to attend the Last Supper to paint it.”

Plot or Character

The debate continues. Should your novel be plot-driven or character-driven? A J Humpage has this interesting post which speaks of the differences between the two. On reading this I immediately thought of my soon- to-be published debut novel “It Can’t Be You”. This is hitting the stands at the end of November 2010. I started off believing my story was largely character-based. I tried to delve into the minds of  my characters to think as I believed they would. As things moved on and the story took shape,

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NaNoWriMo, So Far So Good!

I first thought of what I would write for this year’s NaNoWriMo when I was recuperating after my heart bypass surgery in July 2010. I was advised to walk about for a little while every day, starting  with 3 minutes and going on to reach 45 minutes, which is now the prescribed duration of my daily walk- for as long as I live! While walking I naturally thought of NaNo 2010 and a few ideas came to me which looked quite promising.

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