Friday, April 25, 2014

Tips on Writing from John Steinbeck


As writers, we always would love to read the tips from great writers. We hope that some of their tips may be helpful to us in our own writing. Read about the Tips from John Steinbeck, Pulitzer Prize winner, Nobel laureate.
1.Abandon the idea that you are ever going to finish. Lose track of the 400 pages and write just one page for each day, it helps. Then when it gets finished, you are always surprised.

2.Write freely and as rapidly as possible and throw the whole thing on paper. Never correct or rewrite until the whole thing is down. Rewrite in process is usually found to be an excuse for not going on. It also interferes with flow and rhythm which can only come from a kind of unconscious association with the material.

3. Forget your generalized audience. In the first place, the nameless, faceless audience will scare you to death and in the second place, unlike the theater, it doesn’t exist. In writing, your audience is one single reader. I have found that sometimes it helps to pick out one person—a real person you know, or an imagined person and write to that one.

4. If a scene or a section gets the better of you and you still think you want it—bypass it and go on. When you have finished the whole you can come back to it and then you may find that the reason it gave trouble is because it didn’t belong there.

5. Beware of a scene that becomes too dear to you, dearer than the rest. It will usually be found that it is out of drawing.

6. If you are using dialogue—say it aloud as you write it. Only then will it have the sound of speech.

If interested, check out some of his books -

The Grapes of Wrath - The Pulitzer Prize-winning epic was first published in 1939.

Cannery Row. First published in 1945, Cannery Row focuses on the acceptance of life as it is—both the exuberance of community and the loneliness of the individual. John Steinbeck draws on his memories of the real inhabitants of Monterey, California, and interweaves their stories in this world where only the fittest survive—creating what is at once one of his most humorous and poignant works.

East of Eden (Penguin Twentieth Century Classics) - Set in the rich farmland of California's Salinas Valley, this sprawling and often brutal novel follows the intertwined destinies of two families—the Trasks and the Hamiltons—whose generations helplessly reenact the fall of Adam and Eve and the poisonous rivalry of Cain and Abel. The masterpiece of Steinbeck’s later years, East of Eden is a work in which Steinbeck created his most mesmerizing characters and explored his most enduring themes.

Don't forget to check out more about him here.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Book Review - Wise and Otherwise by Sudha Murthy


"Wise and Otherwise" is a collection of short stories authored by Sudha Murthy. They were drawn from the real life of people whom she came across in her life. That must be the reason each one is believable and come alive before you as the story unfolds.

In addition, the stories are gripping from the beginning, and make you turn the pages to know what happens next. (That is what I felt). Like her other books, this one also has a simple style. Though the stories are simple, they are powerful. Some of the stories make you think and some make you laugh. Though almost all the stories are good, some of them stand out in the crowd like An Old Man's Ageless Wisdom, A lesson in life from a beggar, and Think Positive, be Happy are some of them. The characters won't leave you there after finishing with it, but remain in your mind at least for a few days. Her ability to transform the simple life incidents of human value, which usually go unnoticed,into the eyes of the readers through her beautiful writing is praise-worthy.

When I finished reading the book, a friend of mine who was going through a bad phase of her life, asked me to recommend her a book to read, and I couldn't give it anything better than this book at that moment. At a later date, she thanked me for the timely and thoughtful gift.

After having said this, I know this book is not for everyone. However, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, and some of them stayed with me for a while.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Vishu in 2014


Happy Vishu to all Malayalees (people of Kerala, India).

Vishu is the Malayalam New Year, which usually falls on 14th April, but due to Surya Sankramana time some years Vishu is celebrated on 15th April. It is celebrated on the 1st day of Malayalam month Medam (astronomical New Year of Kerala).
(Vishukkani)

Vishu in Sanskrit means equal. An important thing on this day is both day and night are equal. The highlights of Vishu are Vishukkani, Vishukaineetam, Vishubhalam etc. It is believed that seeing the first sight of vishukkani in the morning of Vishu, is very good for anyone to start the new year.

Read more about Vishu here.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Book Review - Sweet & Sour-1


This review was by Nuggehalli Pankaja, a veteran writer.

As the title itself suggests, the ten short stories presented here are an amalgamation of the various emotions weaving itself into interesting as well as introspective episodes of human nature. So naturally they are brought out that the readers get involved automatically-unconsciously, delineating the complexities of the characters as each story unfolds.

As mentioned before, each story is different, some poignant stamping its own mark on the reader’s mind. The fourth story ‘SWEET REVENGE’ is one such. It is the story of a young couple though not rich, finding happiness in the arms of love. With an unexpected kick of fate, their blissful world is almost shattered! A sudden twist at the end by the master hand, lo, a well-formed story emerges, widening our eyes!

Title of the 6th story ‘THE REBORN DAUGHTER’ at first giving the impression of a ‘reincarnation theme,’ unravels the menace of the social issue-‘DOWRY,’ prevalent in spite of the government ordinances and efforts of social reformers. The agony of the poor bride in question, and the helpful attitude of her boss is presented in a very pleasant as well as unexpected way, leaving a message to the bad elements of society. The plot is well contrived.

To read the complete review go here. http://www.induswomanwriting.com/review-of-sweet-and-sour1-authored-by-lakshmi-menon.html

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

How to increase traffic to your blog.


This is a great article I wanted to share with you. Have you ever thought of how to get more traffic to your blog? If so, what are the methods used by you? I found an interesting article via twitter and decided to share it with you, which is about 65 ways of increasing your traffic. I know it is difficult to do all the 65 ways mentioned here. But all of us, with our limited time in hand, can do at least some of them. Check out what are the best ways you can follow from this article, and sharing your comment will be greatly appreciated.

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