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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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