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25th,26th,27th,28th,29th Feb

Things to consider while writing

1st SESSION

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Never forget these points and read them carefully :-

• Check grammar, enable spell check on your word document.

• Describe your characters completely, from the tip of their hair to the curve of their foot, from the round/straight face to long/short legs, etc.

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Source - GOOGLE

• Read the draft again and again, and cut out what you think is repeated.

• Write till you can. Don’t stop writing. Try to write from two point of views. The suspense is better that way.

The suspense is best when something you least expect happens.

• Get inside the character. Feel, smell, taste and live in your surroundings. Jot it all down. From the porch to the kitchen, write all that you can.

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• Listen to songs while writing a romantic play. It helps a lot.

• Try not to start a sentence with ‘But’ or ‘And’. Use articulate and simple language. You don’t want your reader going through dictionaries to understand the meaning of a word.

• Keep the language simple where wanted. Not in all places. For example, while explaining a character’s physique, use strong comprehensive words. Not common words.

• After getting the first draft completed, get it reviewed. Recheck it yourself. Check the number of words.

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• If the review is positive, continue with the second draft. Don’t lose patience and hope if the review isn’t positive, continue with the book. Ask the reviewer what the mistakes were. Remember a writer always likes his/her books, it’s sometimes not good for the book. I have read several novels which I sadly thought were not worth my time or money. So please get the book reviewed before publishing it.

• Love your characters. Even the villain, remember in his (villian’s) own eyes, he is just the victim not the bad man/woman.

• I have seen in several books that the writer uses his national language or just any language in dialogues. Either don’t do that or do it with proper translation. Also, don’t over do it.

        
  
  

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Now this is the last point and the most crucial one…

Whether the book is your debut or 50th, it doesn’t matter, give it time. All writers have writer blocks, you will suffer from them too. If you do, then do what other things you like to do. If you continue with the book and write nonsense, then you just killed your script right then and there.

Next blog will be about promotions!

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Bye! Will add more points in this section soon.

Nishtha Singh

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10th and 11th February

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Finch writes: Also the world’s largest man. I’m worried that our nutritional resources are actually damaged. Maybe this is one reason I’m so tall. What if I don’t stop growing? Will you want me just as much when I’m fifteen feet nine inches?

Me: How can I want you then when I don’t want you now?

Finch: Give it time. The thing I’m most concerned with is how I’m going to ride a bike. I don’t think they make them that big.

“There was this famous British astronomer named Sir Patrick Moore. He hosted a BBC television program called Sky at Night, which ran for something like fifty-five years. Anyway, on April 1, 1976, Sir Patrick Moore announced on his show that something extraordinary was getting ready to happen in the skies. At exactly 9:47 a.m., Pluto would pass directly behind Jupiter, in relation to the earth. This was a rare alignment that meant the combined gravitational force of those two planets would exert a stronger tidal pull, which would temporarily counteract gravity here on earth and make people weigh less. He called this the Jovian-Plutonian gravitational effect.”

Violet is heavy against my arm, and for a minute I wonder if she’s asleep.

“Patrick Moore told viewers that they could experience the phenomenon by jumping in the air at the exact moment the alignment occurred. If they did, they would feel weightless, like they were floating.”

She shifts a little.

“At 9:47 a.m., he told everyone, ‘Jump now!’ Then he waited. One minute passed, and the BBC switchboard lit up with hundreds of people calling in to say they’d felt it. One woman phoned from Holland to say she and her husband had swum around the room together. A man called from Italy to say he and his friends had been seated at a table, and all of them—including the table—rose into the air. Another man called from the States to say he and his children had flown like kites in their backyard.”

Violet is propped up now, looking at me. “Did those things actually happen?”

“Of course not. It was an April Fool’s joke.”

She smacks my arm and lies back down. “You had me believing.”

“But I bring it up to let you know that this is the way I feel right now. Like Pluto and Jupiter are aligned with the earth and I’m floating.”

In a minute, she says, “You’re so weird, Finch. But that’s the nicest thing anyone’s ever said to me.

All the Bright Places

by Jennifer Niven (Goodreads Author)

 4.20  ·   Rating Details  ·  64,822 Ratings  ·  11,222Reviews

The Fault in Our Stars meets Eleanor and Park in this exhilarating and heart-wrenching love story about a girl who learns to live from a boy who intends to die.

Soon to be a major motion picture starring Elle Fanning!
 
Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him.
 
Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister’s recent death.
 
When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the “natural wonders” of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself—a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who’s not such a freak after all. And it’s only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink.
 
This is an intense, gripping novel perfect for fans of Jay Asher, Rainbow Rowell, John Green, Gayle Forman, and Jenny Downham from a talented new voice in YA, Jennifer Niven.

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My Review —- This book was recommended to me by Annie James, a friend on Goodreads.

I am at a complete loss of words. I am at contradiction here.

There is hopefully no spoilers so you can read the complete review.

“The world breaks everyone, and afterward, many are strong at the broken places.”
Ernest Hemingway

The story started with two teens from two different worlds and different lives standing on the ledge of a bell tower. There is Finch who is always thinking of divergent ways to commit suicide (so not what you are looking for in a book) and there is Violet who is counting the days until graduation so that she can finally leave the town.

         When Violet suddenly realises she is standing in a dangerous place (ledge of a bell tower), she starts fretting. Finch helps her and saves her from falling. This is how they meet and this meeting leads to another followed by many more. 

Today morning (9:45 AM) – Lol! This book is so good. Funny and with the best jokes.
WHY I WROTE THAT —

—-Because I’ve got a date with your mother later, I think but don’t say because, let’s face it, it’s lame, and also he will come up here and beat my face in and then throw me off, and this defeats the point of just doing it myself.

—— He says, “They’re serving pizza today,” as if I wasn’t standing on a ledge six stories above the ground, my arms outstretched, a girl wrapped around my knees

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Theodore Finch is smart, funny, cute and very likeable. His life isn’t so great and he does what he can to make it better. When Violet comes to his life, his life changes. With just one real smile, she makes various changes in his life. Finch is so not your boy next door. He has problems, huge ones. He is dealing with them, in his own way, the easy way, the coward’s way. 

Violet on the other hand, seems like a girl who needs constant care but she doesn’t. We come to know about it after 70% of the novel is done.

After 75%, I lost the urge to read it, I lost the urge to do anything. It got so depressing. Suddenly, I couldn’t understand why I even started it and why the f– certain things were happening!

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This was my view on finch in the 203rd page —

There are guys you like for one reason, two reasons and some for multiple. Finch was one of latter guys. He has plenty of positive things in his character certificate. I can’t tell a definite reason for liking him so much. I love him for his jokes, attitude, thoughts, looks, nature, and so many other things that I can’t write in a single paragraph.

This was a novel difficult to hate and difficult to love. I love the novel till Finch “Day 75″

After day 75 — This isn’t happening. Oh God…

After that, things started going bad, something unanticipated happened and then, I felt my heart crumble to pieces. I didn’t cry, nope, you cry when you actually feel something for the poor protagonist but I think the person was a coward. People suffer from worse and still live, they are heroes not people who never share things with friends, loved ones, and think ‘suicide’ is the only option. I can’t lie and yell that I didn’t like the book. I loved it, I love finch and I love Violet but I find the ending inappropriate and misleading. I wish I could understand the reason why it ended like that.

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Rating – 5.1 till 75% and .5 after it.
Hence, Four stars

Let’s clear some doubts.

—- Was it heart wrenching?

Hell yeah! I don’t ever want to read any book like “All the bright places” again. I wanted a positive ending. Fudge! I am sure everyone wanted it.

—- Is it for “The Fault in our stars” and “Eleanor and Park” readers?

Nope. I don’t think so. Augustus will always remain my hero. Hazel, the best protagonist and the most courageous girl I have had the privilege to read about.

Violet was also a strong girl but Finch was a lost soul. 

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Will come with more!
Till then, Peace.

And yeah “Suicide is never an option, if you want help, there is, you just haven’t found the right person. Life is too precious, don’t think about dying, think about living.” 

Laugh and laugh,

And the world laughs with you;

Cry and Cry,

And you cry alone.”

Live.

Nishtha Singh

 

8th and 9th February

8th and 9th February

There are times when you start feeling the emotions of the characters of a novel, you feel their anger, their happiness, their contentment. You cry with them, you smile, you sob, you laugh, you feel relieved, you feel doubt and you fall in love. Those feelings define a good story, a good novel.

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Me Before You (Me Before You #1)

by Jojo Moyes (Goodreads Author)

 4.29  ·  Rating Details  ·  296,738 Ratings  ·  37,485Reviews

Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick.

What Lou doesn’t know is she’s about to lose her job or that knowing what’s coming is what keeps her sane.

Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he’s going to put a stop to that.

What Will doesn’t know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they’re going to change the other for all time

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I strictly ask you to not read this review if you haven’t read the book. I will try not to add spoilers but I am pretty sure the next lines will explain my feelings towards the characters and it will hard for you to not read between the lines.

My Review —

Louisa Clark is in search of a job. It’s recession time in Britain and no one in her family has a good enough salary to feed the house. Her mom takes care of her Granddad, her sister who has a son named Thomas, works in a flower shop. She is intelligent but not qualified. Her Dad works in a furniture company and is dreading a suspension call anytime soon. After she loses her job, she is in urgent need of another. Her advisor Syed tells her of various jobs from working in a chicken factory to a strip club.

       Louisa is disgruntled and impatient. Syed comes with another job, this is something Lou has never done and never wanted to do. The work is to take care of a quadriplegic, the paralysis of all the four limbs.

Her first question is if she has to clean his arse. Syed tells her he will find out and if the answer is in a negative, she will have to take the job.

The first time Lou meets Will is unlike any other romantic story. Will makes incoherent sounds just to scare her away. She secretly is afraid but doesn’t let it show on her face. She remains bright and cheery towards him. She thinks Will hates her and who wouldn’t be in his situation? She reasoned.

Camille, Will’s mother employs her. At first, all Lou wants to do is leave the job but weeks later, she is used to Will. Will becomes patient and a little friendly with time. He with his sarcastic but funny remarks makes Lou comfortable.

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Did I tell you Lou has a boyfriend?  Patrick is a runner and what I call a fitness freak. He runs Marathons, spends most of his time running or talking about it.

Then there is Will’s nurse, Nathan, who is a strong part of this novel. I liked him since the beginning. Will trusted him and talked to him. Lou felt safe when he was around and it was just difficult to not like Nathan.

The story continues with Lou getting more friendly with Will. One day, she overhears Will’s parents talking about dignitas, the place in Switzerland where patients who are fed up of their life and lost all hope go to end their life. She thinks of Camille as heartless because which mother would let her son die?

      Lou writes a letter to Camille informing her that she won’t be working anymore.

Camille then tells Lou the complete truth.

From there, I certainly had lost interest in food, water or sleep. I can’t express my feelings towards this novel in a single review. I cried even after reading the whole story. I know some compare it to ‘The Fault in our stars’ which was another tearjerker but they aren’t alike, the story is completely different.

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I vowed to myself after reading ‘The Fault in our stars’ that I would never read anything like that again. I loved it but I hate crying and these novels will make you sob. I last time I cried like this was when I completed ‘The fault in our stars’ and ‘Walk to Remember’. The thing is I didn’t look like a patient of conjunctivitis after reading the ‘The fault in our stars’ and ‘Walk to Remember’.

If you, by any chance, think your life is absolute Shit then read this. You will get a new view towards Life.

Also, there is a movie coming out very soon with probably (definitely) the best actors. I saw the trailer and it was quite awesome. They changed some things but well, books are always better than movies because of the same reason. Still, the cast for Will is Sam Claflin (swoons, hits head and heaven) and for Louisa is Emilia Clarke (The Game Of Thrones, she is perfect.)

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Oh God, these tears need to just leave me alone. My mother is getting suspicious now and my father is asking me “If I am fine” more often than ordinarily. My sister is rolling her eyes because she knows.

I can’t Judge Will but I really hoped throughout the story, until the last page of Q/A with the author that he will change his mind.

An excerpt from the novel —

Oh, come on, it’s not as if they’ve never seen a girl nibbling a bloke’s collar before.’

I seemed to have briefly silenced him. Will blinked a couple of times, made as if to shake his head. I noticed with amusement that his neck had coloured a deep red.

I straightened my skirt. ‘Anyway,’ I said, ‘I think we should both just be grateful that it wasn’t in your trousers.’

I love both of them, so much.

“There are some feelings in this world they haven’t invented the right words for.”

And as Will said in his letter –

I don’t want to think of you getting all maudlin. Just live well.
 
Just live.
 
Love,
 
Will

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You get just one life, live.

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The next part

 
 

Nishtha Singh

 

30th January

30th January

Last year, on this date, my loving brother got married to the love of his life. They are together from nine years and may be together for hundreds more.

Love you guys

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Today I read another bestseller novel, just not fiction.

A famous NonFiction Novel

Eat, Pray, Love”

by Elizabeth Gilbert (Goodreads Author)

 3.47  ·   Rating Details  ·  1,043,897 Ratings  · 46,356 Reviews

BLURB

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I love this cover the most

In her early thirties, Elizabeth Gilbert had everything a modern American woman was supposed to want–husband, country home, successful career–but instead of feeling happy and fulfilled, she felt consumed by panic and confusion. This wise and rapturous book is the story of how she left behind all these outward marks of success, and of what she found in their place. Following a divorce and a crushing depression, Gilbert set out to examine three different aspects of her nature, set against the backdrop of three different cultures: pleasure in Italy, devotion in India, and on the Indonesian island of Bali, a balance between worldly enjoyment and divine transcendence.

My review – I give it a 3.5 stars.

Did I like the story? Or the memoir?

No, I couldn’t. Liz was selfish, I couldn’t like her character. 

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What I did like?

This is a true story, the writer’s honesty is something that not only surprised me but also made me respect her. Yes, Liz was self absorbed and yes, if this was a normal fiction story, I would have given it two stars, maybe less. But what we are failing to realise is that this is not fiction, the protagonist is not perfect. She is not going to get perfect. This is a non fiction story narrated quite nicely by the author. 

How she portrayed India was beautiful. The character Tulsi was cute, enthusiastic and funny.

I don’t think I wasted my time by reading it. I had to read it, I hated it, I liked it and I am content.

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About the Movie —

https://www.google.co.in/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=http://m.youtube.com/watch%3Fv%3Dmjay5vgIwt4&ved=0ahUKEwidxq-t9NHKAhUDS44KHT7BBegQtwIIGjAA&usg=AFQjCNGHmp0I77iPC_jlQR9SGMzPN6u_HQ

Nishtha Singh

 
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