To Be A Better Writer

Who doesn’t want to be a better writer? However great you think you are, there’s always scope to improve your writing further. I would like to share a few interesting blog posts full of sensible advice to writers and would be writers:- Read “The One Book That Shines” which details the 5 Characteristics Of A Great Book.  The first fact mentioned puts things in perspective. Most literary agents receive 2000 or more submissions every year and only 1 % of the agent’s “slush pile” is rewarded with an offer of representation.  Also that publishing is a business like any other where the owner of the publishing firm wishes to see fair return on his investment. Keep these two points in mind whenever you sit down to write. You cannot afford to forget them.

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W for Writing Tips

As a full-time writer, W for me today is for Writing Tips. Since I became a writer by choice some four years ago, I have benefitted from thousands of writing tips, thanks to the internet. I am deeply grateful to so many who have contributed such tips which hopefully have helped me become a better writer. Writing is a skill and the only way you can improve your writing is to write more, and more.

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C for Characters #A to Z Challenge

When you write fiction, your story hinges on the characters you create. So for me today, C is for Characters. You could have a splendid plot and storyline but they fall flat if they are not carried off by your characters. To me much of the pleasure of writing a novel comes from creating and developing characters. They are at first vague ideas in your mind. Man or woman, young or old, they assume shape in your mind as you think more about the story. It’s amazing how attached you get  to your characters. By the time you are through with your novel it feels as if you know them personally. You know every intimate detail about them. And it’s natural to do so, because you were the one who created them.

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Blog Carnivals

Blog carnivals are such fun! In December 2010, in my blog, “People at Work & Play” I wrote about HR Carnivals which were becoming very popular at that time. Recently, I got the opportunity to contribute to a blog carnival on a very different subject.

Author Marketing Experts, Inc. have a blog carnival called, “Tips and Tricks for Authors and Writers.” In my new role as an author, I contributed a blog post to the August 26, 2013 version of this carnival on “Writers and Advances.”  You will find tips on writing too contributed by Chris Fey, Nichole Bernier and Pa Ul.

You may like to sign on to the Blog Carnival site which helps you contribute to a very wide range of blog carnivals. If you so wish, you could host a blog carnival too, at your blog. Many of the questions you may have about blog carnivals in general are already answered in their FAQs.

As An Author, What Works For You?

I had a book reading for my second thriller, Lucky For Some, 13″ which you can order from Flipkart, amongst other portals recently. During this interaction, which took place at Bangalore’s Easy Library, we had a very interesting conversation about authors, their styles of writing, how they approach a plot and many other related aspects. These points set me thinking. I would like to share some of the points that stayed in my mind at the end of the session. Continue reading “As An Author, What Works For You?”

Creating Characters

They may be men, they may be women, they may be young, they may be old, they may be sloppy, they may be bold, but they are all yours. Yes, the characters you create in your books are yours. I thought of an idea and have it up in my FB Page “Prem Rao, Story Teller.” I put up a poll, “Who is your favourite character in ‘Lucky For Some, 13?'” Continue reading “Creating Characters”

What’s good writing for you?

What I will start this post with could very well scandalize some of you. There are some so called masterpieces in literature which have left me stone cold. May be the choice of the book at that age was all wrong. Whatever be the reason, for example, when I was in my late teens, I really struggled through  Leo Tolstoy’s “War and Peace” which is considered a historic epic. I don’t think I completed it either, even after several false starts. Call it bias or what you will, but I am not inclined to give it another shot more than 40 odd years later.

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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”