Thursday, August 03, 2017

Writing tips for beginners (post 3 blog marathon)



 I got the above mail yesterday. (The mail is shared with permission). I want to tell all of you, that I reply personally to all my mails, and I haven't hired an assistant to do so. Even though I get many mails like these, each and every nice mail I get, I hoard like a squirrel, during my dark writing days.

When I am down, mails like the above pep me up.

If you want to write to me, my email id is ps(at)preetishenoy(dot)com

However,  also want to clarify that if you are writing, asking me to read what you have written, I would politely point you to this post.


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 Today, I got a mail from a reader who  after praising my books and writing, asked me these questions, about writing, as this person wants to write a books.

I thought I would share my answers in a blog post, as I get asked these questions over and over.


1)What should be my approach as a beginner?
 The first thing would be to read. Read everything you can lay your hands on. Read different genres. Read, read, read.
Then, write every single day.  Write a blog post/a dairy entry/ a story/a poem or even a paragraph. But WRITE!


2)Have you had any literature course to elevate your skills?should I take any correspondence literature course?
Yes,  many years ago, I did a creative writing course from The British Institutes. I don't know if they offer it any more. But there are a whole lot of universities like MIT which offer FREE creative writing courses. Please google and you are sure find many.
However, merely doing a course will never make you a writer. At best you may learn  techniques for the craft which is important. It is just like how doing a cooking-course will not make you a great cook!  What you need is to write, write and write.
3) I work at IT industry so how I should balance my time schedule to leverage it for my career?
You make time for things which are most important to you. Please read this post  I wrote on making time for things that matter to you. Within that post , there is a link of time management.


4) Being kiddish ,will my looks affect my career because I am not so beautiful😬 

I think each of us is beautiful! I don't think anyone buys an author's books, because they look good! They buy it because they find value in what  you have to say.
Please do not focus on your looks. Please focus on your writing!
I hope my answers helped!
Till tomorrow, keep writing :)
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7 comments:

  1. Vow ! Nice points for someone who wants to write

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  2. Very helpful post! And thoughtful points like depending on creative writing course and about good looks. I believe no one can teach you 'how to write' - you learn it by extensive reading and regular writing. Thanks for sharing your insights. :)

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  3. I am too much impatient whenever i start to write thats why i screwd up in different things like my graduation and job etc.,i found helpless when i need to write something.. and am dying to put those words in paper.. i have so many things to say to the world... expectations ,betrayals.... i used to read a lot.... still reading a book, but cant bring my hearts out... i do cry for it... and i know i will try till my last day... just sharing my feelings which i dont do often... i love all ur books mam.a big fan actually.. i wish to meet you in person someday.. :)

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  4. You are indeed one of the best writers ma'am. 'Life is what you make it' remains my favorite book till date and I am glad to have read all your books and in fact I have five of your books that are signed by you. :-)

    Lots of love to you ma'am. :-)

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  5. Thnku so much mam for writing this blog .I have also started writing a blog.thnk u so much mam.ur books are just ausome.Just can't express it in words that how much i love ur stories that you write and u r a wonderful writer.

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  6. I am fond of reading, but not writing. But if I feel like writing a book, I will definitely read your posts on it because you give a clear picture of how it should be done and that too in a step by step method. Thank you so much for this post, Preeti!

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