Posted on Jun 7, 2018 by Terveen Gill
Remember when you were growing up?
Oh! Too far back to remember?
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!
Posted on Jun 5, 2018 by Terveen Gill
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!
Posted on Jun 4, 2018 by Terveen Gill
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!
Posted on Jun 3, 2018 by Terveen Gill
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!
Posted on Jun 2, 2018 by Terveen Gill
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!
Posted on Jun 1, 2018 by Terveen Gill
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!
Posted on May 31, 2018 by Terveen Gill
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!
Posted on May 11, 2018 by Terveen Gill
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!
Posted on Apr 30, 2018 by Terveen Gill
Writing can be a fantastic journey…the highs, the lows and the Oh-So Sweet ‘WRITER’s FLOW’. It’s magical to be in sync with your thoughts and imagination. Every story that you write is actually a real world created in another dimension. Have you ever wondered whether the characters you create actually do begin to exist somewhere? It could be that as soon as you write them down on paper, they actually come to life in a tiny realm upon some planet known as ‘Writer’s World’. Keep on Reading!
Posted on Apr 15, 2018 by Terveen Gill
Writing fiction ISN’T EASY!
Ask anyone who’s ever tried their hand at writing a fictional story. I’m sure they’ll tell you that it’s a task to reckon with.
Isn’t it tough enough to deal with REAL people in a REAL world, and solve REAL problems?
Yes! It’s insanely tough!
Now think about creating an IMAGINARY world with IMAGINARY people, and having to solve their IMAGINARY problems.
Oh God! I think I need to lie down… Keep on Reading!