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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…

Writing a children’s book is the same as writing any other book. You are bound to encounter challenges, difficulties, and hardships. This however should not stop you from writing a children’s book. Although writing and publishing a children’s book is quite a task, once you get a hold of it, you will be good to go. Do you want to write a children’s book? You have made a wonderful decision as children are fond of…

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 reader. While writing a…

Being able to write brilliant literature is like magic. It looks seamless to your audience while you weave each piece together meticulously. Or it is like making the perfect cup of tea, looks simple but has to have the right ratio of all ingredients. What are these ingredients that account for the perfect recipe of amazing literature? How do the likes of J.K. Rowling, Dan Brown, Jane Austen or Agatha Christie make it happen? We…

Most of us were introduced to the world of literature with short stories, fables to be exact. Slowly, longer storybooks and novels became a part of life. Without realizing it, we reached the stage where we would finish even a thick novel within days. How do authors write such compelling stories? It is all the magic of a beautifully crafted story and a sign of the author’s writing intellect. A good story is easy to…

From amateurs to seasoned writers, we all take the help of tools. But we have come quite far to still be turning pages of a thesaurus or a dictionary. Be it editing or research or time optimization, there are plenty of tools available on the internet. They are easy to handle and time-saving. If you are a writer looking to add some spark and glitter to your pieces, we have a curated list of online…

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…

Although people might have made the shift to e-books and Kindle in the last decade, nothing comes close to the experience of reading a physical book bought from the bookstores. The whiff that hits you as soon as you open a book, old or new, the guilty pleasure of running your hands over its cover, smooth or coarse and the sheer weight of it can make it so much more rewarding. Bibliophiles crave such tangible…

Diary writing is meant to be personal. A person maintains a log in which they record information about their life or a circumstance/incident. It’s a way of writing to yourself about your thoughts and emotions. Although the terms diary and journal are often interchanged, there are some differences between the two, though both may serve somewhat different purposes. A journal is more ambiguous and unstructured in nature while a diary entry is more orderly in format…

Literary devices are tools that up-level the writing, gives it depth and makes it more impactful for readers. They help the writer to direct readers in the direction of interpreting the words the writer wants them to. Literary devices help the writer to express their ideas in a more colorful way and takes the standard words up a notch. For example, authors use imagery to help convey their perception of writing to the reader appropriately.…