The MakeOver

Many people think about their past. Many people talk about their past. Many people live in their past. But the rest of them? They slaughter their past! Murder it. Butcher it. Take a sharp knife and cut it into thousand pieces. Then collect all of them and throw into a forest. Let the wild animals…

Poetic Titles and Poet Tributes

Short story writers normally write a story and then think of a title for their pieces. Today, we are going to do the opposite. We shall begin with choosing a title and then write a story for the chosen title. How do we go about choosing the perfect title to pen our story? We do…

City Lights

That was a long night of February, when I meet my soul dancing around in one of the pubs of Mumbai. I gulped shots after shots, gathering all the courage to walk to her. She was a goddess dressed in black off-shoulder dress hugging her bosom perfectly. She was swaying to the melody, and his…

Back to Basics: Writing a Short Story

Writing short stories means beginning as close to the climax as possible — everything else is a distraction. Conserve characters and scenes. Reader does not need to know everything about the character that you know. Keep the backstory and exposition minimal. Get to know your protagonist. You should know way more about him/her than comes out in…

Contest : PRIDEContest 

Update (Nov 16) Any submissions post 15th will not be considered for the contest. You may still use the topic to write new stories. Contest summary Log in to writeclub.in/new-submission and put up your LGBTQ-themed story before 15th November.Existing stories are allowed; limit them between 1500 to 3000 words.Use hastag #writeclubpride in your story tag.Spread the love!…

An Interrogation (Anil Mani)

Always remember it’s a trick. Keep that in mind and you can figure out how it’s done,Lt. Columbo (TV Series) Mrs. K is distraught. Not because her husband has been found dead by the banks of the Pamba river, but because the police are finally here. A certain inspector has come a-knocking and he has…

Detective Phansy

Detective Phansy and the case of too many women

Det. Phansy knocked thrice on the gargoyle knocker and we waited for the massive oak doors to swing open. In five years with the murder squad, not many things intimidated me, I had seen it all, or I thought I had. But the three-mile drive inside the estate and finally parking my mini wagon among…

Creating realistic characters struggling with mental illnesses

Our own worst enemy The temptation to examine the human condition through characters who think or behave in ways we find strange is a common theme in literature – we all love characters who stray from the ordinary: Narcissistic billionaires. Schizophrenic scientists. Depressed teenagers. Sociopathic killers. Even characters facing minor or less pronounced problems become…

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