3 ways of Managing Writer’s Insecurity

The biggest insecurity that there is is- what if nobody reads me. Followed by- what if nobody likes what they read. And then- what if I don’t like what I am writing. Or worse- what if my story is great, but my characters fall flat. And then- what if nobody publishes me (Amazon has sorted…

Does grief make you a better writer?

I know that the title is insensitive. Ordinarily it would be insensitive for me to tell you that the parts of you that are hurting the most could be turned into something beautiful. But if you think about it, it could also be the best way to pay homage to your loss.  In the space…

How can you elevate your craft?

From times immemorial, ever since the formal schooling system has been in place, we have always been pegged at how great or not we are in a classroom. So if you were like me, you probably had a rank in class. A rank in the subjects that you studied and then overall. Throughout your school…

One fool proof way of polishing your creative process

When we read, our thoughts tend to circle around that content. The characters that we draw up for our stories start resembling the ones that we have been reading of. In Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Ted Talk- That Danger of a single story, she says that as a kid growing up in South Africa, her imaginary…

Why am I compelled to write?

As a professional it is easy to get drawn into the race. You want to be more, to earn more, to be promoted more often and so unknowingly you start playing to the race. You follow the rules of the race. You try to beat others at the game. Soon you lose sight of what…

The BEST way of drawing a character map for your characters!

Dearest Reader, I find myself in a difficult situation because it is hard for me to know how you feel about me; you do not speak much, you simply look but very intensely. Line after line informs you of my desires, my fantasies, my goals and my flaws and yet all I get to witness…

Three ways to richer writing

This new home that we are looking at has a fireplace. I can’t wait for the winters when it will glow with the fire. I can just about imagine, curling up in front of it with a book in my hand and a coffee on the centre table. I can imagine the plush cushions that…