Writing the synopsis

I have always maintained that writing a synopsis was far more difficult than writing the entire story. Yet it is undisputed that without a snappy synopsis, you are unlikely to go anywhere with that book you have painstakingly written for months or years. Is there a formula for success? Can this difficult task be made any easier?

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Should Your Lips Remain SEALed?

There are some events that take place in your lifetime which have a tremendous impact on the world. These are unforgettable stories which are spoken of and written about for decades, going on to becoming legends. From my youth, I remember the John F. Kennedy assassination, as if it happened yesterday, though the President was shot dead in Dallas, Texas nearly 50 years ago. On May 2, 2011, the news that Osama Bin Laden, perhaps the most wanted man on earth was killed in a raid in Abbottabad in Pakistan took the world by storm. Continue reading “Should Your Lips Remain SEALed?”

Tribute to Authors- Frederick Forsyth

I first read “The Day of the Jackal” by Frederick Forsyth in the early ’70s and he soon became one of my favourite authors. I vividly remember the book ( and the subsequent movie) even to this day, decades later. Such was the appeal of the story. In  my view, it is one the best thrillers ever written. I was amazed to read that he wrote it in just 35 days! If you haven’t read it yet, grab a copy! You will not regret your decision.

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Writer’s Block or just a dry patch in writing?

Let’s face it, it is tough to write when your mind is preoccupied with other things. For the first time in my writing career, I hit a patch where I just didn’t write: for nearly a month! Was this the much dreaded writer’s block? Thinking about this astonishes me. What happened? What are the lessons to be learnt? Was it just the age old writer’s block or a deeper malaise? What could I do to prevent this from happening again? Continue reading “Writer’s Block or just a dry patch in writing?”

A Treasure Trove of Writing Tips

There really is no end to learning. If you seek what you want to learn, there are many places, thanks to the power of internet, where you can get enough and more. I have followed  many blogs and websites over the years, and continue to track them. I have gained considerably from reading different points of view on writing. I go in more for those which are practical and straight forward , rather than those which are highly technical. In today’s post, I put together some of these resources for writers: Continue reading “A Treasure Trove of Writing Tips”