Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Writing Resolutions

As you may know, HarperCollins and Indiblogger are running a contest to get the best short stories published. If you're a blogger and you write, please do check it out here 

I'm mentoring this contest and my latest post 'Resolutions and a Recap' goes like this - 

As the new year begins, and we start afresh, it’s a good time to think about your goals – and if at all, like me, your goals have anything to do with a creative pursuit, I hope you’ll relate to this.
People talk a lot about how ‘easy it is to get published’ these days – but the fact of the matter is – while it may be easier than before, it’s still not easy per se – a huge percentage of manuscripts are still rejected everyday. And even if there is higher access to publishing houses, with higher demand for new authors these days – there is still one major step that has to be accomplished before you can go out and get your work evaluated.
You have to write the damn thing.
Many authors, including me have faced this comment after getting published.
‘Oh, you’ve written a book? You know, I’ve been thinking about writing one too…’
Personally, I always listen with a  polite smile...(Read full post here)


  1. Thanks for sharing! I agree with a lot of your tips and resolutions, especially about recording daily observations more regularly. I don't socialize as much as I used and apart from the fact that I miss spending more time with my friends, I've realized that in the past when writing stories I based everything (dialogues, locations, incidents etc.) in them on real life encounters and experiences... and now I've pretty much run out of material. Reality definitely forms a firm foundation for fiction and fantasy!
    I've been wanting to read your book for a while now, will pick it up when I'm next in India. Good luck with the next two and best wishes for the year ahead :)

  2. Hey Y,
    I have a query about the short story thing. Theres nowhere written about the number of words of the short story in the link. Would you enlighten me on that.
    Thank you and yes, I have mentioned it earlier, and again, I love your witty blogs! ;) Keep writing.......


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