Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Diary Writing - Five Benefits of Diary writing


Is diary writing a good habit? Many of you may have the habit of writing a diary to keep track of what is happening in your life. A diary is completely personal. It is particularly helpful for the travel writers in maintaining a diary to jot down their day to day events, so that when they sit down to write their travel journal they can't forget the main things happened during the travel.

I remember of keeping a diary since the time I entered high school. It was my brother who encouraged me to write down my thoughts and feelings, including the lessons I learned each day, by gifting me a book-size diary. I soon realized that writing is fun and easy to remember the things I wrote.

Even for fiction and non-fiction writers, diary writing is a good habit. Anne Frank and Samuel Pepys are great examples and because of them we know what had happened during their time. Many famous writers had the habit of writing a diary.

Five Benefits of Diary Writing

1. You can improve your writing skills by writing regularly.

2. You can easily record your thoughts and feelings of any topic. What made you think, what made you cry, what made you laugh at, etc are some of the feelings which may be useful at a later date, or at least you can muse it over

3. Whenever anything special happens in your life it can be noted in your diary. What was the special occasion, how did you celebrate it, did you meet anyone special that day, and what did you learn that day etc are great things to know later, especially if you are a writer.

4. Do you know writing is also a therapy? Sometimes you may feel low or hurt, and you don't want to share it with anyone. You can write down your hurt feelings in your diary so that you will feel relaxed. If the feelings are such that you never want anyone to know it even by mistake, that is someone happens to flip through your diary without your permission, you can tear off those pages and still you may feel relaxed. Those hurt feelings will come out of your chest.

5. Diary writing can also help you to understand your own mistakes, so that you can avoid them in future.

Do you have a habit of writing a diary? If so, how did you find it useful?

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

A short visit to Kerala Kalamandalam


Recently I had a chance to visit Kerala Kalamandalam, the cradle of Kathakali training in India. It is also one of the most revered places for the traditional art forms of Kerala, and is located at Cheruthuruthy, 32 km north of Thrissur, on the banks of River Nila.

Established in 1930 by Vallathol Narayana Menon, the renowned Malayalam poet, this institution is the training centre for Kathakali, Mohiniyattom, Bharathanatyam, Kootiyattam, Panchavadyam, Thullal etc, still following the ancient gurukula system of education. This is the only place where the rich culture of Kerala's traditional art forms are preserved.

During our visit, there were international and domestic tourists, who had come to tour the place. Many school children accompanied by their teachers were also there.

If you require more information about this place please visit their website. kalamandalam.org

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Tips for Writing Better


Writing about naked emotions in a story is not easy. All the successful writers tell us "Don't tell, show the emotions in your writing."

What does it mean? If we tell the emotions the readers won't feel resonated with it. Some readers may get annoyed by reading what is happening in the story, instead they want to feel the emotions what the character in the story goes through which can be done only through the way we describe what happens while experiencing the emotions.

Bet it happy, or pain or angry. If we want to convey the emotion to our readers we must feel it as we write.

Every one will talk about this, but very few will show us with examples. The article link given below shows you the examples, and I feel that it may be of help to many serious writers.

Interested to know more about it? Read this informative article about conveying the emotions to the readers, written by Mary Jaksch,Editor-in-Chief at http://writetodone.com/how-to-write-better-2/

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Writing tips - Some unwanted words


Every one wants to read their stories read better. Experts say that we can write stories without making use of certain words, which they consider as unwanted. Elimination of these words in a story will read better.

1. That

2. Went

3. Honestly

4. Absolutely

5. Very

6. Really

7. Amazing

8. Always

9. Never

10. Literally

11. Just

12. Maybe

13. Stuff

14. Things

15. Irregardless

Want to know why they are unwanted? Check out this article to know more about it.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Kerala Festival - Vishu 2015


Vishu is the astronomical or zodiac New Year in Kerala and is observed on the first day of the Malayalam month of ‘Medam.’ From an astrological point of view, Vishu is of immense significance. The day and night are of equal duration on the Vishu day (12 hours).

Usually Vishu is held on April 14, but this year (2015) it is shifted to April 15th. This is because Vishu is decided based on the transition of the sun from Meena Rashi to Mesha Rashi (Meda Rasi). Vishu with Vishukkani is observed after the Sun enters Mesha Rashi. This means the transition should take place before sunrise on April 14 to observe it on the day. If the transition is after sunrise on April 14 then Vishu is observed on April 15.

Kani konnapoo- image courtesy: Wikimedia.org

What are the highlights of Vishu?

Vishukkani, Vishukaineetam and Vishubhalam are the highlights of Vishu.

Vishu starts with Vishukkani, the first auspicious thing people see on the day. It is during the Brahma Muhurtha or ideally between 0400 hrs and 0600 hrs. Vishukkani is prepared on the previous night, before going to sleep, arranged in an uruli (a traditional brass vessel). Items like rice, kasavu mundu (traditional cloth of Kerala), gold, silver, coins, mirror (usually Aranmula Kannadi or mirror with a tail), cucumber, mango, jackfruit, coconut, banana, and decked with Kanikonna (yellow flower known as Indian Laburnum) are included in the kani. The uruli with these items are placed before the idol of God, usually Lord Krishna, with a vilakku (a traditional Kerala brass lamp) lit beside it. The family members must see these auspicious scene as the first sight of the day. Special Vishukkani poojas will be held at main Krishna temples, and many people go to the temples to be a part of it.

The eldest member of the family gives Vishu kaineetam, a coin, to the members one by one and takes they in turn takes his blessings for a happy and prosperous year. (These days the coin is replaced with a big note in many families).

Vishubhalam, the prediction of the coming year, is read by an astrologer on this day.

After that, a delicious vegetarian lunch with mouthwatering payasam (a sweet dish) is served.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Tips from famous writers about writing - Part II


1. Write only when you have something to say. - David Hare

2. If you want to be a writer,you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot. - Stephen King.

3. I constantly retype my own sentences. Every day I go back to page one and just retype what I have. It gets me into a rhythm. — Joan Didion

4. Do be kind to yourself. Fill pages as quickly as possible; double space, or write on every second line. Regard every new page as a small triumph - Roddy Doyle

5. Almost all good writing begins with terrible first efforts. You need to start somewhere. - Anne Lamott

6. A problem with a piece of writing often clarifies itself if you go for a long walk. - Helen Dunmore

7. The hardest part is believing in yourself at the notebook stage. It is like believing in dreams in the morning. – Erica Jong

8. Never use a verb other than "said" to carry dialogue. The line of dialogue belongs to the character; the verb is the writer sticking his nose in. But "said" is far less intrusive than "grumbled", "gasped", "cautioned", "lied". I once noticed Mary McCarthy ending a line of dialogue with "she asseverated" and had to stop reading and go to the dictionary.- Elmore Leonard

9. Here is a lesson in creative writing. First rule: Do not use semicolons. They are transvestite hermaphrodites representing absolutely nothing. All they do is show you’ve been to college. – Kurt Vonnegut

10.Have more than one idea on the go at any one time. If it's a choice between writing a book and doing nothing I will always choose the latter. It's only if I have an idea for two books that I choose one rather than the other. I ­always have to feel that I'm bunking off from something. - Geoff Dyer

Go back to Part I

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Tips from famous writers about writing- Part I


We all want to become better writers in our respective fields. Let us learn from the tips from the popular writers.

1. Write in the third person unless a really distinctive first-person voice offers itself irresistibly. - Jonathan Franzen

2. Never pun your title, simpler is usually better: Lolita turns out to be a great title; couldn’t be simpler. - Martin Amis

3. Don’t say it was “delightful”; make us say “delightful” when we’ve read the description. You see, all those words (horrifying, wonderful, hideous, exquisite) are only like saying to your readers “Please will you do my job for me?” - C.S. Lewis

4. When you catch an adjective, kill it. -Mark Twain

5. Don’t start a paragraph with the same word as previous one. That goes doubly for sentences. - Martin Amis

6. Do not write long sentences. A sentence should not have more than ten or twelve words. - V.S. Naipaul

7. Don't go into great detail describing places and things. Unless you're Margaret Atwood and can paint scenes with language or write landscapes in the style of Jim Harrison. But even if you're good at it, you don't want descriptions that bring the action, the flow of the story, to a standstill. - Elmore Leonard

8. Don’t sit down in the middle of the woods. If you’re lost in the plot or blocked, retrace your steps to where you went wrong. Then take the other road. And/or change the person. Change the tense. Change the opening page. - Margaret Atwood

9. Read it aloud to yourself because that's the only way to be sure the rhythms of the sentences are OK (prose rhythms are too complex and subtle to be thought out – they can be got right only by ear). - Diana Athill

10. Put it aside. Read it pretending you’ve never read it before. Show it to friends whose opinion you respect and who like the kind of thing that this is. - Neil Gaiman

Friday, April 3, 2015

Story - Point of View - PoV


Every story is written with a point of view,which means how it is told to your readers. Point of view (PoV) is a term that defines from whose eyes the narrative relies upon. Basically, there are three main types:

First person
Third Person
Omniscient

Want to know more about PoV and how they are written?
Read this article.

Which is your favorite method of PoV? I mostly write in third person and sometimes in Omniscient.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

10 Motivational Quotes for Success


Sometimes we need motivational quotes to fuel our energy to continue our work. Otherwise we may feel lazy and hesitate to go forward. Check out these 10 motivational quotes which will recharge us again.

1. “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” – Thomas Edison.

2. “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” ― Neale Donald Walsch.

3. “Sometimes the only way to ever find yourself is to get completely lost.” ― Kellie Elmore.

4. “You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” – Maya Angelou.

5. “You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.” – Zig Ziglar.

6. “You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don’t try.” – Beverly Sills.

7. “Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.”- Winston Churchill.

8. “It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” – Confucius.

9. “People throw stones at you and you convert them into milestones.” ― Sachin Tendulkar.

10. “It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.” ― Charles Darwin.