Rachana’s special gift

Twelve-year-old Rachana was anxious as she entered her new class. The teacher gave her a reassuring smile, but it did not settle the butterflies in her stomach. She walked to the front of the classroom when her teacher gestured her to speak. She cleared her parched throat that had gone dry from nervousness. “Hello everyone,Continue reading “Rachana’s special gift”

What type of author do I aspire to be?

I have been writing articles, stories, and poems since I was a child. I had strong opinions about issues and expressed them through my writing. Needless to say, I was a voracious reader and derived my inspiration from all the classics and modern novels I read. I started by writing alternate endings to stories IContinue reading “What type of author do I aspire to be?”

‘Hopeless’ by ‘Coleen Hoover’—A Critical Analysis

My readers recommended that I read ‘Hopeless’ by ‘Coleen Hoover’ because the book’s theme is similar to mine—sexual abuse. I am glad that the author tackles a challenging topic in her novel; however, I feel the author could have handled the theme of sexual abuse and the consequent trauma much better. Please note this isContinue reading “‘Hopeless’ by ‘Coleen Hoover’—A Critical Analysis”

Five things I do not want my readers to feel

If my readers have skimmed through my blurb and picked up my book, I know that their interest is piqued. However, from hereon, it’s my responsibility to ensure my readers do not want to throw away my novel or regret reading it. It’s impossible to please every reader, but here are five things I don’tContinue reading “Five things I do not want my readers to feel”

Five things I wish authors would stop doing

Below are some things I do not enjoy reading. I have not included fiction tropes as there are numerous articles online for the same. Instead, I have focused on the plot and the characters. Please note that these are my personal opinions as a reader. Not focus on character development When I read a bookContinue reading “Five things I wish authors would stop doing”

Writing Tips from Winnie

Many internet resources have a plethora of information on writing stories, articles, novels, etc. Hence, I will not provide tips or advice on writing. Instead, I wish to say one thing to all budding authors—never stop writing. Even if you get negative feedback or feel self-doubt, or get rejected, do not stop writing if youContinue reading “Writing Tips from Winnie”