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…

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…

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…

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…

Noir session

Writing a Noir

Noir – Crime fiction  Hard-boiled fiction, a tough, unsentimental style of American crime writing that brought a new tone of earthy realism or naturalism to the field of detective fiction. Hard-boiled fiction used graphic sex and violence, vivid but often sordid urban backgrounds, and fast-paced, slangy dialogue.  Closely related to hardboiled genre, with a distinction that the protagonist is not…

Gore (Shivani)

Graphic horror which includes blood & wounds. Detailed description of injury especially the realistic depiction of serious physical injuries involving blood, flesh, bone and internal organs and process of how the causing action is carried out. And the blood shed is enjoyed by the executor. Gore in short stories: Spectre_alabama I was on vacation in…

Metafiction (Ashwin)

Definition: Metafiction is a form of fiction in which the author self-consciously alludes to the artificiality or literariness of a work by parodying or departing from novelistic conventions and traditional narrative techniques. In other words: Metafiction is self-conscious about language, literary form, storytelling, and directly or indirectly draw attention to their status as artifacts. Why…

The Butterfly effect (Kartik Patiar)

“You could not remove a single grain of sand from its place without thereby … changing something throughout all parts of the immeasurable whole.” — Fichte, The Vocation of Man In one of Stephen King’s greatest works, 11/22/63, a young man named Jake discovers a portal in a diner’s pantry which leads back to 1958.…

Pretend to play a part (Pavan)

A last-minute set of prompts from Pavan. Prompts: Your 5 year old daughter is scared of cockroaches, and there is a huge cockroach in her room. You have to pretend you are not scared of cockroaches and try and get rid of it. You are an avid meat lover and are pretending to be vegan…

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