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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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

What is creative writing? Information is the fundamental component of all discourse, no wonder what type. Even creative writing does express information, just as insightful prose, expositions, or directions do. So is there a difference between creative and non-creative writing? Before answering this question, one should know what is creative writing. The term “creative” can be understood in a variety of ways. The following are a few examples of descriptions: “the potential to construct”, “explorative”,…

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.…