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Monday Mumbles…

Good morning everyone!

It is a cheerful Monday here in Bangalore. Though there are clouds as well, but they are shifting to show the sun.

This morning I printed out the first (rough) draft of my second book. I had reached a point in the book where I did not know how to go on any further. So I wanted to revisit what I had built until now and add words as I go. I have approximately 12,000 words on board now. Hoping that when I revisit what I have created so far, I will have more things to say here and there – which will help me reach the word count.

Besides, life is looking better, even though I spent the weekend thinking of my remaining student loan. When you have a limited income and a huge debt, you fight that incessant question whether it is best to pay off the loan, or save some money for emergency. It makes me sad that I have hardly saved much since I started working.

But thankfully, health-wise I have been doing better. I was reading The Lives of Others this weekend. I have this knack for reading Bengali authors who write in English. Being so far away from Bengal, the nostalgia I have associated with the place comes alive when I read about Bengali life and culture, even if it’s in English. No wonder Jhumpa Lahiri is my favorite author. I am enjoying Neel Mukherjee’s (author of The Lives of Others) style of writing as well, though I am not very sure what is he trying to drive at by going back and back into the family tree of the main characters. Is the reason to increase the word count, or is it necessary to understand the main characters in the light of their upbringing and the people who influenced them? I guess I can have the answer to that only when I finish the book. The nice thing about reading about Bengali life in contemporary writing is how the small, insignificant things in Bengali lifestyle come alive in these writings. As a writer, maybe I would never have thought about exploring those things.

What about you? How is life going for you all? To all the budding writers out there, what are you writing about? What are the challenges that you are facing with your WIP? Share you experience with me in the Comments!

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