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Can you teach someone to be a writer? Can you, indeed? Or to become a better writer? I guess that depends on how you define "teach." You can ask this question about any of the arts. Can you teach some...
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Bond started by writing lists in Delhi when he was 8 years old. Soon he was keeping a diary that later became the basis of his first novel published at 17. He writes every morning, at least 500 -2000 words, "so you get it out of the way. Write about anything that comes to mind. I started recording thoughts, dreams..."
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In this article I'll be making two assumptions. One -- You are a newbie writer who has just started blogging after reading about the importance of blogs. Two -- You already know about the basics of blog writing. So now let me show you some slightly advanced-level mistakes that a lot of bloggers make and how to avoid them.
Early morning, you open your email and out pops yet another rejection from a publisher you had your heart on. You fume, you wither, you get depressed and angry and want to hit someone. Everyone is aga...
Determination and persistence pays off. I believe that with the right attitude, and with a reasonable understanding of my talents - I know I'm never going to become a singing superstar - I can succeed. This belief is what kept me going when I left my lucrative career in investment banking and turned to writing.
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Since we mostly receive e-mails that are devoid of any human or emotional trace, we've closed our hearts and minds. As such we only feel an underwhelming joy when we receive a new e-mail from a long lost friend. So how do we get some of the old excitement back? E-mails can be as beautiful as lovingly handwritten letters used to be. All we need to do is take few cues from the history of writing letters!
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In my writing career I've come across the works of thousands of writers. I've seen a lot of them making some common grammatical mistakes. So I thought I'll put down a list on some of those errors and their rectification.
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Even if I write another twenty quick tips for aspiring authors, each one of us is bound to learn our own lessons through our mistakes as we go along on our writing journey. Though it is human to make mistakes, isn't it ridiculous to make the same mistakes made by so many others?
A cover letter or an email which you will send across to editors across the country (or countries) can't be more than 200-300 words if you want it to be read. That's the one pager which will make all the difference on whether the editor will even pick up the first chapter of your manuscript. Which is why, the pitch is a nightmarish but important part of your path to publishing.
How do you infuse the spirit of youth in your keyboard even if you are sliding towards antiquity? You've tried everything from pun to fun and yet you read like a didactic dinosaur. This piece is for you unless you write about the Syrian crisis, the tumbling oil prices, or why Hindus should have four kids.