“Writing” Resolutions

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Firstly, let me thank Heather McCorkle for putting the idea of having “writing”  resolutions in my head. As a new year approaches, sure, we have our minds full of resolutions but honestly, I hadn’t thought of having separate ones for writing. I think it’s a particularly good idea as I intend to spend most of my time and energies in writing. So here goes..

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Writing Tips

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I am quickly finding out that writing is a fascinating subject and an equally fascinating business! There is so much to learn. As a relatively new author, I have found Daily Writing Tips to be an excellent site.

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NaNoWriMo’s Published Author List

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Delighted to share that my name has been included in the list of Published Authors at the National Novel Writing Month‘s website. I am so happy because this was something I was eagerly waiting for . I decided to participate in NaNoWriMo for the first time in 2009. I had of course heard of it years ago but although I had the inclination I was never able to make the time to attempt NaNo.

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Excellent Post from A J Humpage

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Some excellent advice from A J Humpage who has been writing fiction for more than twenty years. She writes on how reading helps writers improve their writing! The best part of the article I thought was the “Questions to ask” after you have read a novel. For me, this process of seeing a novel through these questions, came as a new and interesting input. I am sure we would gain from the valuable feedback the answers to these questions would provide:

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Best Sellers

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Every author dreams of writing what becomes a best seller! The New York Times list of best sellers is in a sense a hallmark of having “got there”. Here is the list of Top Ten Books for 2010 from the New York Times. I was happy to find that amongst them was a book about cancer from an oncologist, Dr. Siddarth Mukherjee’s “The Emperor Of All Maladies”.

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A New Experience

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I had an interesting experience in this year’s NaNoWriMo.  As you know, the objective is to write 50,000 words of a novel in the calendar month of November each year. I was doing NaNo for the second time this year and decided to incorporate a few of my learnings from last year.

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“Route 32”

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Before I wrote my first novel, a psychological thriller called “It Can’t Be You”, I had written a few short stories. Like all my stories, they are set in India, where I have lived all my life. I am pleased to say that one of these short stories is to be featured in an anthology of short stories by men being published by Unisun Publications.

I might add that “Route 32”, the short story being published, is  one that I particularly liked. It is the story of a bus driver in Bangalore, where I live. I shall post more details about this anthology when I get more specific information.

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Write In A Rush, Edit At Leisure

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Guess what? I haven’t looked at my NaNo 2010 effort since  I finished the required 50,000 words to qualify as having completed NaNo successfully. I find that editing and polishing your writing take much more time and effort than writing the first draft. I am sure this must be your experience too. As I have learnt over the short time, I have started writing in earnest ” Write In A Rush, Edit At Leisure”.

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Wessel Ebersohn

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The best part of the internet is that it connects you to a wide range of fascinating people you would probably never have come across. I was very interested to read about Wessel Ebersohn the South African writer of thrillers. Here are his Rules for Thriller Writing

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