Tag Archives: Writing process

Lavanya Sankaran’s advice to aspiring writers

Lavanya Sankaran is the author of the celebrated short story collection The Red Carpet, which spent two years on the best-seller lists and collected praise world-wide. Her debut novel The Hope Factory, just released, has been selected by Amazon UK … Continue reading

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Annie Zaidi on How to begin

Very often, when I lead workshops or sit on panels featuring writers, young people will ask this question: Where do you start? Sometimes this is also phrased as: How do you get ideas? This question, I must confess, always leaves … Continue reading

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Shashi Deshpande to aspiring writers

When I speak of the art and the craft of writing, I take it for granted that: You have the talent. That  you have an  urge, a strong urge, to say something and that this is what drives you into writing. That you … Continue reading

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Ignore the ocean

In school, one of the literary exercises I found most unpleasant was précis writing. My mind wanted to run away with the words. Make big brush strokes. But here she was, my teacher, asking me to do the opposite. Edit … Continue reading

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Nick Johnson on ‘What do you do when you leave the workshop?’

Workshops, no matter how professional or laid-back they may be, are difficult. Everyone hopes that they will walk through the door into a room of peers and present them with something they will be astounded by; something that they will … Continue reading

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rachel noelani bovee on “writer’s block”

I’ll tell you a secret: when I get stuck and I simply cannot even pretend to know how to put words together to form some sort of creative, cohesive thought, when that officially happens, I play with similes. Listen, they … Continue reading

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Look back at the Myths

Even as we are looking forward to the year 2012, we are idly wondering whether a supposed prophesy from the Mayan civilization about the apocalypse in 2012 will come true. Another year has almost gone by and we look back … Continue reading

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