I began as a writer of fiction. Like many others, I started with short stories and it was in 2009 that I took the plunge and dived in deep into fiction with a full-fledged 80,000 + words novel called ” It Can’t Be You.” ‘This was a psychological thriller, first published in November 2010. Most people who knew me were initially surprised that with a background and experience in management, I had opted to write fiction. They expected I would write a treatise on people management or even some kind of collection of my experiences as a human resources professional for over three and a half decades. Continue reading “Year End Stock Take As A Writer”
It looks like the popular Flipkart has merged “Suspense” and “Thrillers” into one new category recently. “It Can’t Be You” used to figure in the “Suspense” category. I now find that it ranks 400 within a larger merged new category called “Suspense & Thrillers” which has 42,570 titles.
While writing a novel, it is important for an author to focus on aspects of writing, other than the plot or developing the characters. The value of correct punctuation need hardly be emphasized. Incorrect punctuation while writing dialogue confuses the reader. Continue reading “Punctuating Dialogue”
Today I decided to share some thoughts on a subject that interests me vastly, on writing. When I became a corporate executive, I remember at the start of my career, I was told that I had to forget all that I had been taught about writing. The demands of writing in the world of business were quite different from writing in literature or fiction, I was told. It took me some time to get used to the idea. Continue reading “On Writing”
I have always maintained that it is relatively easy to write a novel. It’s far more difficult to edit one! I wonder if you agree with me on this. Editing is not restricted to correcting the typos and checking the punctuation. It’s a time-consuming, concentrated effort to make the book a better, more absorbing read for your readers. After all, the book is meant for them, right? Continue reading “Tips on Editing A Novel”
Some readers have asked if physical copies of “It Can’t Be You”, my psychological thriller, can be ordered for delivery in the United States. Sure, they can. Here’s the link to Printasia. Continue reading “Ordering Physical Copies in the US”