How I construct the details of the scenes in my books.

How was your Saturday?
Mine was great!

As always, all my Saturdays begin with checking the HT nielsen best seller booklist which is published in Hindustan Times every Saturday.

As you can see, Life is What You Make It is on number 5.

It's been 8 YEARS since this was published, and it continues to be in the charts.
Many thanks to all of you who make this happen!

For today's post I thought I would discuss a tiny little scene from my book 'It's All In the Planets'.

The story is told from Aniket's perspective and Nidhi's perspective. One chapter is from Aniket's perspective, and the next is from Nidhi's. I will let you in on a secret---talks are on to make this book into a movie. It will take a while though! It is in the very early stages.  So do not congratulate me yet!!  There's a lot of work involved, and my team is  scheduling meetings. But I am excited about this :)

In this book, there's a scene where Nidhi shakes Aniket's hand. She likes his grip, and the way he gives a handshake. Nidhi is very observant, and notices these things.

This comes from my own experiences. I notice a lot of things (Like all good writers do!). Then I read up about whatever I have noticed. When I am writing, these little things that I notice, go into my characters.

I wanted this scene to reveal something about  the chemistry between Nidhi and Aniket. They have just met. She is assessing him, judging him. He is dressed shabbily (as his girl friend has just given him a list of things to change about himself).  His mind is in a turmoil. Yet his handshake is good!

This scene tells a lot.

I research and read up before writing my scenes. To write this scene  THIS  is what I researched. (click on the link to read more about what handshakes reveal about the person)

If you want to read the book with the new cover, you can rush to your nearest bookstore.
Or you can order it online (I think it might be the old cover when you buy online).

Here's the link:

The kindle version is just for 161/- and the physical book is about Rs.237/-
It's still less than the cost of two movie tickets, and a meal at a restaurant! (sometimes people crib for the price, and they forget how many MONTHS the author has worked to produce that book).

I hope this little explanation of how I construct a scene helps all you aspiring writers. And I hope all you regular readers find this little snippet of a 'behind -the scene' interesting.

Tell me in comments what you think!
New post again tomorrow!


  1. Wow!!! I learned how important observation is for a writer from this blog post ma’am. Thanks once again!!!

  2. The link is not opening mam for me

  3. It is so smart to understand non-verbal cues. I wish i could notice more things around me.

  4. Your observation power is reflected in your writings and of course the sketches you make.

  5. This is such a beautiful book Preeti and love this characterization in the build up making the narration engrossing.

  6. What an interesting post. it is nice to know that It's All In the Planets is in the Nielsen's List. Congratulations. Also, when the movie gets released, I am sure I will be booking the tickets on the opening day. I hope all your books are made into a movie. Observation is something which I love to do too. I learn a lot about others and at the same time, I do not judge them immediately. I study them for several hours or days until I realize what type of person they really are! Awesome post.


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