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Sylvia Plath on “Writing” “Let me live, love, and say it well in good sentences.” Writers always have a way with words and a way to linger on in this world for longer than their mortal lifespan allows them to. They live a thousand lives and travel across the world unrestricted by the confines of terrestrial boundaries. How incredible it is to spin tales from your thoughts and use your voice to become a completely…

Are you someone who’s capable of stringing their words into a beautiful strand of pearls? Do you enjoy playing with words? Has the idea of writing a book ever struck you? If yes, why haven’t you taken the necessary action to fulfil that dream of yours? EB White quotes, “A writer who waits for ideal conditions under which to work will die without putting a word on paper.” Too many excellent writers never make it…

Alfred Hitchcock on writing a Mystery Novel:“Mystery is an intellectual process…But suspense is essentially an emotional process” While the mystery genre exists from time immemorial, Edgar Allan Poe is best known as the father of mystery novels. His writings date back to the mid-19th century and his first short story was The Murders in the Rue Morgue, featuring the world’s first fictional detective, C. So what does it take to write an engrossing mystery novel with a…

Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe on Letter Writing: “Letters are amongst the most significant memorial a person can leave behind them.” When I was a kid, I was very fond of writing handwritten letters to my near and dear ones. As soon as my mother would be over with her writing, she would hand over the blue sheet to me and I would happily fill up the rest of the space.  As far as my memory goes,…

What is a paragraph? A paragraph is a piece of writing that communicates a particular topic or theme. In a literal sense, a paragraph is a group of sentences on a specific topic. It is a basic form of writing as we write almost everything in segments, be it an answer, essay, story, email, etc. A well-structured paragraph is the core of good writing. It should not consist of mixed ideas that might confuse the…

Short poetic forms are amazing for more than one reason. You can read most of them in under a minute and they are fun challenges that a poet should attempt from time to time, to sharpen their wits. When it comes to writing poetry, brevity can be a real struggle. Short forms force you to express ideas in a compressed manner, which often leads to highly emotive and saturated writings. Moreover, it is a great…

Critiquing the work of other creators is a crucial part of creation itself. Be it music, art or literature, learners always try to dissect the masterpieces. When it comes to understanding ‘styles of writing’, reading other authors is a good place to start. However, you must take it up a notch and learn how to analyse their style. Understanding the writing style of great authors helps you to observe their relationship with language. Each author…

One of the most important aspects of fostering a passion for reading is the reader’s ability to choose books that intrigue them. Classics have stood the test of time and criticism because they yielded important learning opportunities, diverse (and, at times, difficult) insights, graceful prose, and a portrayal of basic principles unmatched by any other books. This is not to suggest that classics are somewhat ‘superior’ to contemporary works, classics are unique in their own…

One of the most talented and revered Indian authors, Ruskin Bond holds an unrivalled reputation in the writers’ community. Believe it or not, he had an early start to his writing career, at the young age of 17 when people are still figuring out how to put a few sentences together. In fact, his first novel, The Room on the Roof won him the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize in 1957 which is more evidence of…

To a non-writer peering in from the outside, all writing may look the same – an arrangement of twenty-six alphabets patterned into some meaningful words put together. They lack the eye to tell different types of writing from one another. But an experienced writer would appreciate the nuances between different forms of writing. They understand that ‘writing’ is an umbrella term that has taken a lot of subtypes of it under its wing. Creative writing…