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Why I chose to self-publish : Adite Banerjie

Why I chose to self-publish : Adite Banerjie
​Writers are dreamers but not without a spine of steel. After all it requires a lot of courage to send your written word out in the world for others to read and judge. And author Adite Banerjie is no different.She began her journey as an author in 2012 when she won the Harlequin India Aspiring Authors Contest in 2012. Her debut romance novel, ...
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Interview with Shuchi Singh Kalra

Interview with Shuchi Singh Kalra
​​My first introduction to Shuchi was on Twitter. I was taking baby steps (still am), struggling to figure out how to say it all in so few characters, while Shuchi effortlessly breezed through with a mammoth following. Needless to say I was in awe. As I began following her I realized here's a woman who doesn't hesitate to call a spade a spade. Acer...
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Thinking of ideas to start writing

Thinking of ideas to start writing
​Mumbai, 2001. In the waiting room of a doctor's chamber with my 3 year old son, I was leafing through a woman's magazine. I've always enjoyed reading agony aunt columns and that day I read a letter by a young girl.'I confessed about having sex before marriage to my husband during our honeymoon and now he wants a divorce. I love my husban...
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10 Questions with Vish Dhamija

10 Questions with Vish Dhamija
​I first met Vish Dhamija at Jim Corbet National Park; the venue for Kumaon Lit Fest, 2016.​ I was a debut author and he was there for the launch of his book Nothing Else Matters - a romantic thriller. A skilled writer of crime fiction, a prolific author of numerous bestsellers; Vish is rightfully called India's John Grisham. The list of ...
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BOOKS YOU MUST READ IF YOU'RE A WRITER

BOOKS YOU MUST READ IF YOU'RE A WRITER
In this series I write about books that I've read, enjoyed and learnt from as a writer.I kick off with my latest favourite I Let You Go by Claire Mackintosh.The book is a psychological thriller that guts your insides and leaves you gasping for more. There's a lot to learn from it if you write fiction or aspire to write fiction.The author ...
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My weight loss journey

​For a foodie & a food crazy person like me, it wasn't easy to go on a diet. I'm the person who dreams of food. All the time. I wrote an article about how and why I decided to embark on this journey. Please click on the link below to read the full article.
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Writing Novel 2

Writing Novel 2
​Let me make it clear at the very outset, I'm no longer writing my second novel, it's actually Novel 3. Novel 2 was written and then I scrapped it totally. I kept just a sliver of the original story and crafted a completely new story. So while it will be my second book, it's actually the third story I'm writing. Boy! it has been such a roller ...
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Writing A Forgotten Affair

Writing A Forgotten Affair
​Every book is a journey by itself. There's always a story behind the story. I've always been a writer; a freelance writer, a corporate writer but fiction remained a distant dream. I knew I would write a novel one day but didn't know when. I would visit book fairs, book shops; gaze at the rows of books, look at the increasing size of the space occu...
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10 Questions with Kulpreet Yadav

10 Questions with Kulpreet Yadav
I met Kulpreet Yadav in 2014. Most authors deign to tell how hard they have worked on their craft, they'd prefer letting others belief magic dust sprinkles from their fingertips as they write. Not Kulpreet. He's open to sharing how he worked diligently to hone his craft. Maybe it's his Armed Forces background that makes him so forthright or may be ...
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10 Questions with Samarpita Sharma

10 Questions with Samarpita Sharma
​I haven't known Samarpita for a long time. We've been connected on Twitter for a few months and then we met at a Blogchatter event in Gurgaon. With some people the connection is almost instant and this was one such case. Maybe it's the shared background of being a freelance writer…I don't like to explain why I'm drawn to some people. It just kills...
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This isnt a movie to be liked

This isnt a movie to be liked
​Lipstick under my Burkha. This isn't a movie to be liked. It's a movie that raises uncomfortable questions, questions we don't want to think about, forget ask. The aunt in the family who became a widow decades ago; well, what could she possibly need. she has it all. Money, decent home, a car to get her around, friends and family around for co...
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10 questions with Andaleeb Wajid

10 questions with Andaleeb Wajid
​I met Andaleeb Wajid for the first time at Bangalore Lit Fest 2015. I'd just signed up with Harper Collins and was waiting for my book to be launched. Then all I knew about her was that she had multiple titles to her name. That was enough to put the yet unpublished author (that's me) in awe of her. I'm still very much in awe for her prol...
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10 things a debut author should be ready with before book launch

10 things a debut author should be ready with before book launch
So the day has finally arrived! Your debut book is about to be released and what you feel is best explained as a muddy, heady cocktail of emotions. Yes, that's normal and natural. Writing and getting published is a dream many harbour but only few finally accomplish; so rejoice and celebrate. But...sorry but there's a but in the tale.In the long ard...
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My writing process

My writing process
If there's anything I love more than writing, it is talking about the writing process. 8th April Saturday night on Blogchatter FB page, I had a live session on my writing process. This article is to put down the points I spoke about so that you can mull over them & use them as & when you need.Before you read further, just want to add, ...
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Freelance Writing

Freelance Writing
​Are you thinking of quitting your dreary fulltime job and are dreaming of being a freelance writer… WAIT! You have visions of working at your own pace, choosing projects that catch your fancy and making money. Stop dreaming. I've nearly two decades' experience of writing for almost all the leading publications (newspapers and magazines) in th...
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How to pitch your manuscript?

How to pitch your manuscript?
So you have finished writing the story that haunted you and kept you awake. Brilliant. That's really a great feat accomplished. Take a break. Celebrate. You owe it. For the successful completion of phase 1 you must celebrate but do it more to gather strength for the next phase that awaits. Yes. This may sound discouraging but it's the tru...
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Importance of Beta Reading

Importance of Beta Reading
You've written the story. You've re-worked the first draft and have gone through every line of every chapter till you can say it aloud in your mind. And you're ready to get to the next phase: send your labour of love to the publishers. STOP!If you're a first time author, getting your manuscript beta read is a very good idea before you send it ...
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Love what you write

Love what you write

"Do you think I will be able to write like Murakami?" 

My friend Z said this to me. I've known her for a while; both of us with the shared love for words and books. She's writing her debut book and rued, "I don't write like the authors I like to read. I'm not a Jhumpa Lahiri, Murakami or anyone of the literary bigwigs I admire. I'm so ordinary. 

Then there's Y. Warm, vibrant, cheerful and with natural flair for words; it's a pleasure to meet her. So Y is almost done with her debut book and a publisher has shown interest in it. I asked her to tell me more about her debut book. 

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The only way to write...is to just do it!!

The only way to write...is to just do it!!

Let’s call her R. We met at Bangalore Lit fest, 2014. We were among the chosen 15 who pitched our stories to the panel of editors. She made a brilliant pitch but is yet to finish her manuscript. I've lost count of them...those who say they want to write but never get around to it.

There’s a story in each of us. We are all born story tellers. But getting the first story out is far from child’s play. Writing is never easy, nothing really is. It requires a different kind of commitment, so here are few tips from me. Hope they help you get started.

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I’m a single tasker. And that’s fine!

I’m a single tasker. And that’s fine!

I learnt a new word recently. Single tasker. A person who can do one job at a time. The word very succinctly describes me. Yes, in a world of multi-taskers, I’m odd. I am a single tasker.

The multi-taskers run businesses, train for the marathon at the crack of dawn, are on the PTA committee at school, between con-calls, back to back meetings and deadlines, they tweet, organise parties at home and don’t be surprised if they announce one fine day that they have penned a book. After all that’s the in-thing to do today.

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