Rejections are tough. But they are more difficult when you’re a writer. Because with every rejection, sometimes, comes a dose of dejection that gradually eats you. And it’s hard to think of the way forward.It is astonishing when you think about the number of writers who give up with every rejection. But it is important…

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Pain or pleasure, makes us better. Each of our experiences makes us a better artist. And that is more than a sufficient reason to believe that whatever happens, happens for good, to teach us something, to leave lessons with us, that is our own, and only ours. These experiences should be harnessed to power up…

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How I wrote 31 Posts in 31 Days

Did you miss me? I sure did miss you. If you were wondering where I had vanished the past couple of days; after showering you with my posts every single day for the last whole month, let me tell you, I was around, only allowing myself some slack time, after having chased myself to achieve…

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Writing Inspiration #36

What does that mean to you? Do you relate as a writer? I sure do. But with some deviation. We have a thousand thoughts in our head at all times. When it comes to writing, everything appears jumbled the minute you have to streamline them. It is as good as a school PT drill where…

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Writing Inspiration #34

Let’s get one thing clear right now, shall we? There is no Idea Dump, no Story Central, no Island of the Buried Bestsellers; good story ideas seem to come quite literally from nowhere, sailing at you right out of the empty sky: two previously unrelated ideas come together and make something new under the sun.…

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Writing Inspiration #33

Here’s a timeless advice that will take any writer; good at his trade, to places. Being economical with your words, not just makes it idiot-proof but also enhances the quality of your work tremendously. And of course, nothing’s excluded of this rule but the first drafts. What do you think? What do you think? How…

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Writing Inspiration #32

I like authors who lay emphasis on the importance of reading. Stephen King said the first thing he ever did was put out the television and get to the book. Ernest Hemingway was always reading. He would read almost everything he could lay his hands on. J K Rowling never read a book that didn’t…

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Writing Inspiration #30

Perhaps, the golden rule of all things writing is this. Word upon word, you build that castle and then wander around in it leisurely, wallowing in the sweet fruits of your hard work and revel in the abundance of satisfaction. On those bad days, just remind yourself this – you’ve got just one word to…

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Writing Inspiration #29

In writing, often times, we are weighed down by our own passion to create the best pieces; pieces the world has never seen nor read. If anything, this passion pressure gets the better of us and there are days when writing down even a few words feels an avalanche of a job. So what do…

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Writing Inspiration #28

Happy Monday, once again, readers! What’s up with you guys? How was the weekend? We have Diwali around the corner and as you do know, festive occasions are damn fun and mad, both; which is why this is going to be a quick post. I wish you and your family a prosperous Diwali. May your…

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Writing Inspiration #27

Happy Monday, readers and writers! How have you been? Today we shall talk about first attempts and writing. I have known writers cracking their skulls up trying to get everything perfect at the first strike, almost killing themselves in the process. But I ask, is it necessary? More than that, is it possible to nail…

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Writing Inspiration #25

What exists if not our observation? Sometimes, mindful, but most times, just mindless observations. Tying our stories to the places we’ve been, the conversations we’ve eavesdropped on, the queer faces we’ve seen, the secrets we’ve stepped on. That’s the birth-ground to our stories. Having a natural instinct to observe the tiniest happenings around you may…

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Writing Inspiration #21

Neil Gaiman’s writing is awe-spiring. His stories give a reader much food for thought. There has never been a time when I have been disappointed with his books and that is simply because he knows what a reader seeks. He always explores different storylines with distinct character sketches for the protagonists, always. I can write…

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Writing Inspiration #20

I have met many people in this lifetime who’ve wanted to do a lot of things, who’ve wanted to be a lot of different things then they are right now. The spark that lights up their eyes when they talk of things they want to do is simply astonishing. I wonder if they’ve ever seen…

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Writing Inspiration #19

Hello, readers! I have returned from a week of a perfectly wonderful holiday; speaking of the places I had the chance to visit, and a perfectly horrid one; speaking of the transport troubles. I shall be posting about my experience soon enough. What can I say? I missed you guys and all the writing that…

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Writing Inspiration #17

Here comes a stunner of a quote from none other than King. And just how this one has always always rescued me, has made this one of my all-time favorite writing quotes. It is from King’s memoir ‘On Writing‘ that I read a few years ago and that just reminds me it is time I…

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Writing Inspiration #16

In writing, sleeping over is an act of kindness. Be merciful toward your drafts and give yourself the freedom to think twice before you hit ‘publish’.  You never know what magic might unveil out of a draft, a story, or a poem, you’ve slept over. Catch you soon, dear reader. Happy writing, till we meet…

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Writing Inspiration #15

Writing is about what we feel and what we don’t. What we say and what we don’t. What we love and what we don’t. There is not one thing we can’t write about. When we can’t write, we may as well be writing about that. There’s merit in that too. Everything shapes your writing. But…

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Writing Inspiration #14

Whoever said writing is easy! It’s child’s play, eh? And yet the greatest writers in history agree that the blank page has almost always got the good of them. Writing isn’t a piece of cake; especially not when you write about things that had rather never happened to you. A bad memory is like a…

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Writing Inspiration #13

What do you think is Writer’s Block? Despite a most refreshing and engaging debate, we still have our doubts around it being real or not. I published an article recently voicing out the thoughts of some genius minds. In this article, we dissected what Writer’s Block is and the best ways to tackle it. But…

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Writing Inspiration #12

While wondering what to read next after I have finished ‘The Snow Child’, I have zeroed in on some titles as these ‘Heretics’ by G. K. Chesterton, ‘In Arabian Nights’ by Tahir Shah and ‘Like Death’ by Guy de Maupassant. I might probably begin with ‘Heretics’. The first book I read from the Prince of…

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