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By using Hashtags (#) people can find all tweets belonging to that particular category. These are some of the common hashtags used by writers - 1) #author 2) #authors 3) #editing 4) #fictionfriday 5) #novels 6) #novelists 7) #poem 8) #poet 9) #poets 10) #poetry 11) #pubtip 12) #publishing 13) #scifi 14) #selfpublishing 15) #writer 16) #writers 17) #writetip 18) #writing 19) #writingtips 20) #wrotetoday There are more twitter hashtags, and people can create new hashtags depends upon their interest.
Wednesday, December 16, 2015
This is the latest review for my book Cherished by Rakhi Jayashankar.
The book mirrors a grave reality that persists in the society these days. Both girls and boys end up their marital relations for silly misunderstanding, without thinking about the children who are sandwiched between. Read more about it in the following links -
Another review in the Deccan Herald appeared in Jan 2014.
Tuesday, December 1, 2015
1. A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading. –William Styron
In old days books were written by men of letters and read by the public. Nowadays books are written by the public and read by nobody. –Oscar Wilde
Make it a rule never to give a child a book you would not read yourself. –George Bernard Shaw
Some books leave us free and some books make us free. –Ralph Waldo Emerson
Books are like mirrors: if a fool looks in, you cannot expect a genius to look out. –J.K. Rowling
A good book has no ending. –R.D. Cumming
Sunday, November 22, 2015
1. If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.
2. Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him.
3. A book is a version of the world. If you do not like it, ignore it or offer your own version in return.
4. I think of life as a good book. The further you get into it, the more it begins to make sense.
5. There are perhaps no days of our childhood we lived so fully as those we spent with a favorite book.
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
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Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Sir V.S. Naipaul is a Trinidadian-British writer of Indian descent known for his novels set in developing countries. He has authored several fiction and non-fiction books. A House for Mr.Biswas (1961), A Bend in the River (1979) and A Way in the World (1994) are some of his famous novels. Three of the non-fiction books are about India. An Area of Darkness, India: A Wounded Civilization, India: A Million Mutinies Now, and A Congo Diary are some of his famous non-fictions. He won Booker Prize in 1971, and Nobel Prize in Literature in the year 2001.
These are his Rules for Beginners in writing.
1. Do not write long sentences. A sentence should not have more than ten or twelve words.
2. Each sentence should make a clear statement. It should add to the statement that went before. A good paragraph is a series of clear, linked statements.
3. Do not use big words. If your computer tells you that your average word is more than five letters long, there is something wrong. The use of small words compels you to think about what you are writing. Even difficult ideas can be broken down into small words.
4. Never use words whose meaning you are not sure of. If you break this rule you should look for other work.
5. The beginner should avoid using adjectives, except those of colour, size and number. Use as few adverbs as possible.
6. Avoid the abstract. Always go for the concrete.
7. Every day, for six months at least, practice writing in this way. Small words; short, clear, concrete sentences. It may be awkward, but it’s training you in the use of language. It may even be getting rid of the bad language habits you picked up at the university. You may go beyond these rules after you have thoroughly understood and mastered them.
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Check out these "Rules for Writers" by George Orwell
George Orwell has earned the right to be called one of the finer writers in the English language through such novels as 1984, Animal Farm, and Down and Out in Paris and London, and essays like "Shooting an Elephant."
1. Never use a long word where a short one will do.
2. Never use a metaphor, simile, or other figure of speech which you are used to seeing in print.
3. Never use the passive where you can use the active.
4. Never use a foreign phrase, a scientific word, or a jargon word if you can think of an everyday English equivalent.
5. If it is possible to cut a word out, always cut it out.
6. Break any of these rules sooner than say anything outright barbarous.
(From Orwell's essay "Politics and the English Language.")