Ten Useful Tips For New Authors

1. Outline (Rough Copy) On creating a story, start with an outline. Put down the idea. Always know exactly what, where, when, and why. Write a one page synopsis of your story. From start to finish: Bob owns a farm. He has horses. He marries Jane. She hates horses. Bob sells the horses. Jane falls for his neighbor. Bob misses his horses. The very basic structure. Take that outline and divide it into pertinent facts. One page per fact. Bob owns a farm. New page. He has horses. Etc. Now a...
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And Why Should My Lines Rhyme?

Now, life is a deal so raw — And who doesn't know, That the end is near, That the Heir is here? Life is out of order, For thought a fodder. Life is not a rhythm, And why should I create a rhythm? Critics tell me poetry is music, But of these rules I get sick. No more conformity shall I seek, I withdraw after stepping on the peek. Life is too short, With so much to sort. Think of the warnings: The global warming, The unpredictable bombings... The street children are penni...
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The Great Gatsby (Book Review)

The Great Gatsby is a novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald. When this book was first published, it sold poorly, received negative reviews and its author roundly ridiculed. The author died considering himself a literary failure. Decades later, it became a hit. A movie by the same title has been made and were it not for the movie, I'd not have heard about The Great Gatsby. It's after I watched the movie, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, that I learnt a book of the same title existed. I must say I enjoy...
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“Barkis Is Willing”: Reviewing David Copperfield

I recently finished reading David Copperfield, another classic novel by Charles Dickens. Now, I have always loved Dickens' books. I tried to read Great Expectations when I was young but I lost interest as I neared its centre. It got too complicated for me. I first read A Tale Of Two Cities way back in 2003 when I was but a teenager. I have since read it over fifteen times. No exaggeration. Perhaps it's more than that. I like referring to its most interesting parts time and again and I co...
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Volunteers Wanted.

VOLUNTEERS I was restless, I was aimless, In the rural and in the town. I ran up and down, And round and round, Under the scorching sun.. No meaning could i discern, Purpose of life I'd none. But it is not too late, To make amends, For now have I met, A caravan traversing, This trackless desert- Of tall, slender scorpions, Marching. Reciting in suppressed tones, Some old lines. They wave a rag, (Oh, it's a flag...) Chuckling, ranting, Winking, hissing Telling and retelling, Soothing tales ab...
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