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Day 1: Camp NaNo (April)

downloadHello folks! I have been missing from the blog-space for a while now. Hope you all are good!

Today is the first day of the April Camp NaNoWriMo. This time, I have set myself to write a 30K word novelette, along with a bunch of other writers in our cabin in the Camp, including fellow blogger, Joynell. I had last participated in Camp NaNo in July, 2016 which had given a huge impetus to complete my second book, How I tamed the dragon named fear.

As a writer, I am constantly challenging myself to do something different with every book that I set to write. My first book, Bound by Life, was a book of short stories. My second was a self-help non-fiction on Fear. But the book that I always wanted to write was a novel, and hopefully this attempt at Camp NaNo will take me closer to that goal.

I have tried my hands at novel-writing in the past as well, unsuccessfully. I found it very difficult to stay in a story for a long time, especially because I write in the moment and do not really plan beforehand. This time, I changed my tactic. Through the last week, I have been outlining the novelette in the small time that I get after work everyday. I have a good head-start that way. All I have to do now is stick to the plan, take one chapter at a time and nail it down.

As it happens, it is already midday in India and I am done with 4.3K words. I have the rest of the day to myself. Hopefully, I will be able to utilize the time and finish a large share of the word count today itself.

With the kind of work hours that I have currently, I might not be able to write much during the week. Hence, a good word count in the weekends will help me still reach the goal. Although, I feel the most important part to NaNo is to keep writing everything,no matter how little it is.

Are you Camping this April? If yes, what is your project about? Drop me a note in Camp messages. I am more than happy to meet new authors this way.

The first review!

A big thanks to everyone who supported me and spread a word about my book, How I tamed the dragon named fear. Thanks to you guys, I was able to reach 35 people yesterday. And one of the readers was kind enough to leave a review, this soon:

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What should I say, that felt great! I guess positive feedback feels especially good if it comes from someone you do not know at all. Thank you Milan for reading the book and sharing your thoughts.

Once again, huge thanks to everyone who spread a word about this book. Also, a big thanks to everyone who downloaded the book yesterday. I hope you find it a good read. And if you do, please leave me a review!

Best,

Arpita

Writing Advice: How to create a relatable antagonist?

When writing fiction, we writers always want to create believable characters that we possibly can. But have you ever fallen into the trap of focusing so much on protagonist that you forget to flesh out your antagonist well? At best, the antagonist turns out to be total bad-ass, who is all dark and has no shred of goodness in him/her.

But we all know from our our time on Planet Earth that people are complicated. They are driven by different motivations. What you do might not seem right to me, but you might have a perfect explanation for why you do what you do. In my previous post, I talked about how being empathetic to all the characters in your story is crucial to prevent the story becoming a flat, biased narrative of a single person.

Today, I’d like to share with you a wonderful article that talks about why not making your antagonists pure evil is important. The article is written by K.M. Weiland, an author and a blogger. I love the writing questions that she shares on her Facebook page. Her questions make me ponder more about my Works in Progress and look for the nuances that can make stories and characters for complex. If you are looking for good writing advice, be sure to follow K.M. on her Facebook page.

P.S: As I celebrate one year of publishing Bound by Life, I shall be answering questions related to writing and publishing in June this year. I have learnt a thing or two about the writing/publishing industry in the past year and would love to be able to help you all out if I’m able to. So if you have any questions, feel free to email me at scribbles.arpita@gmail.com

It is 11.47 PM in the night as I start to type this. I have just finished writing 1,634 words in a Word Document that is titled BookNovel Idea. The idea was for it to be named Book/Novel idea, though, but I typed it out as previously mentioned.

So, I came home today from office full of bubbling thoughts. Recently there have been a lot of good things happening at the workplace (which I feel I must write about in Bangalore Diaries), and naturally, I left the workplace in a happy mood today. On the walk back home, I read this quote, ‘Life is drama man is actor’ in an Ola cab, of all things!

The weather here in Bangalore is pleasant. The spring air is heady with the scent of new mango panicles.

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Mango Panicles, Image Courtesy

That one smell takes me back to West Bengal again. It makes me remember the Kalbaisakhis, the summer storms that we see in Bengal every April/May. I can imagine the devilish streams of rain hurling at the windows, wetting the books kept of the table by the window before you can even close it. I can imagine the howling of the wind, tugging and blowing at the clothes on the line on the terrace to be dried. I can imagine watching the trees bend at the great speed of the wind, the rainwater accumulating in our balcony at home. Reminds me so much of Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay’s ‘Aam Aantir Bhepu’, the second segment of Pather Pachali, the book on which the movie Pather Pachali made by Satyajit Ray was based, which also won an Oscar.¬†Times like these bring out the poet, the writer in me. Words form into sentences and rhymes on the fly. Spring is a magical season!

So, I wasn’t quite surprised when I crossed a thousand words in BookNovel Idea. As of now, the book is really an idea. Something that has been nagging at my head for quite sometime now, so I wanted to capture it before it fleeted away. Sometime between today and yesterday an idea came in my mind to have the book in two parts – each in complete contrast in terms of events, but similar in outcomes. The themes of the book are broadly relationships, the physical factor in relationships, adultery and choices.

But given the tenacity I have shown in previous attempts at novel-writing, I don’t know if this yet unnamed novel will ever see completion, but the idea is even if I can put the entire story-line of the novel in BookNovel Idea, then maybe I might get some writing done by the time I take part in my second NaNoWriMo.

What about you, dear reader? Are you a writer yourself? If yes, then so you find yourself writing more profusely in any given season? Share your thoughts below. It’d be lovely to hear from you!