A Writer’s Take on Depression – Flash Fiction Story

Depression does not strike based on a person’s gender, age, race, or intelligence quotient.

Depression is not something that can be brushed away with a smile, or shooed away with a pat on the back.

It’s something more deeper and profound.

There’s no gadget to test which person is suffering from what type of depression, and there’s no instrument to measure the extent of depression. Keep on Reading!

Don’t Judge a Writer by his Books

No two people are identical in this world.

Not even identical twins are completely identical in their looks, natures, or intellects.

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Look MOM! I’m a WRITER!

Remember when you were growing up?

Oh! Too far back to remember?

(OUCH!!)

Well…as a child you were at some point or the other looking for attention and praise. And the people you most sought it from were probably your parents.

Obviously when you’re young, siblings aren’t the right ones to turn to for support. They’re just about as confused as you are, and trying to always make you look bad in the eyes of parental authority. Keep on Reading!

Goodbye Sweet January

FLASH FICTION!!

The sky bled into the water, just as her womb had bled the day January was born. Her first and only born was covered with blood and the remnants of a nine month cocoon. The nurse leaned in with her bundle of joy; the first kiss, the most ancient of traditions. A sweet softness brushed her lips as a wail of resistance pierced her ears. It was the first time she sensed the dislike. She named her January even though she was born in July, a paradoxical innovation. Keep on Reading!

The Dialogue between a Writer and a Writer’s Ego

When in Rome do as the Romans do. (What do they actually do?)

When in Writer’s Land do as the Writers do. (Ok…this is even weirder)

Firstly, I don’t think there’s any Writer’s Land. Secondly, I doubt that there’s any code of conduct or any set customs that writers follow. Writers can be categorized under the Writer Tag, but do they actually fit into a group with common qualities and characteristics?

Suppose we round up about fifty different writers, lock them in a very large room, and give them about three hours to come up with a one thousand word article on ‘the most significant day of my life’. How do you think that would end? Keep on Reading!

Am I allowed to be a Versatile Writer?

When you’re a fiction writer, the world of imagination is limitless. After all, fiction is ‘imaginative writing’ with made up characters, events, places, objects, and themes. Anything and everything is possible in the realm of fiction. It’s up to the writer to turn, twist, and mash ideas together, and exhibit them in an interesting and presentable manner.

Talking dogs, flying cars, walking dead people, dying civilizations, the scope of fiction is huge and mind-boggling. It’s like walking into a candy store with about a million varieties of candies, and struggling to choose one that’ll satiate your taste.

Fiction itself is sub-divided into many genres with Romance/Erotica being the best selling genre. (For a writer allergic to romance…woe is me…) Keep on Reading!

Is a Broken Heart better than a Broken Mind?

As writers, most of us have addressed the issue of heart break in our stories and books. Heart break can be portrayed in many forms, and is subject to many situations. It’s probably one of the most diverse forms of emotional turmoil that has ever existed from the time writers first began drafting their stories.

Broken hearts have not only found place in books, but also in art, songs, movies, and numerous forms of creative displays.

What’s so special about a broken heart that it has never ceased to gather an audience? Keep on Reading!

5 WAYS to WAKE, SHAKE & BAKE the WRITER in you!

As a writer, one encounters many twists and turns, not only in the stories one writes, but also in one’s personal writing journey. A writer isn’t a person who just sits at a desk and writes from 9 to 5. A writer is a person who has no fixed timings, and harbors the capability to stand, sit, or even levitate anywhere to get the writing job done.

Creating alternative worlds, and portraying realistic characters, places, objects, and emotions isn’t a job for the faint-hearted. WHAT, WHEN, WHERE, WHO, WHY, and HOW are some of the questions that have to be answered with conviction during the drafting of a story. Readers are an intellectual species, and they definitely want to be treated with respect.

If you try to pull a fast one by just throwing together some random ideas, and then dressing them up in some fancy words, you’re asking for a punch in the face. Keep on Reading!

5 Phobias that Helped me become a Writer

As I am a writer, so am I also a human being.

Belonging to the Homo sapiens species, I am delighted to say that human beings have come a long way, and evolved with much pomp and gusto. Physical appearances have become more refined (uhhh…sort of) while mental capacities have increased (ummm…sure)

But along with becoming more capable, the human mind has also become more complicated. It’s actually gotten a mind of its own. Life’s complexities and absurdities have taken a toll on mankind, or shall we say that mankind has managed to wrap itself in a web of difficulties.

Anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsions, mood swings are just a few of the many problems affecting the human psyche. I’ve grown up struggling with different conditions at different points in my life. And yes, I have managed to deal with them, and tame them so that they no longer control me mindlessly.

Yet along with this, I also developed certain phobias which although unexplained have become an integral part of my personality.

Now what does this have to do with my role as a writer?      Keep on Reading!

Overusing words while writing: 5 times you should stop and think

Finding words to use in your writing shouldn’t be such a difficult task, considering that there are about a quarter of a million distinct English words to choose from. However, when it comes down to the nitty-gritty of writing, many writers tend to form a cesspool of certain favorite words. These words aren’t overly grand or alluring, yet they are sprinkled lavishly, and reappear after every few lines or paragraphs. Is the intense love for these words so great that the bewildered writer just can’t shake him or herself free from the throes of passion? Keep on Reading!

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