Category Archives: Writing Tips

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How They Did It (Authors): Yashodhara Lal

I’m starting a new series on this blog, called How They Did It. And yes, like the name suggests, each post will chronicle the journey of a successful author, journalist or blogger. Each interview will delve into how that writer overcame the usual challenges faced by the newbie, to emerge successful (and published!).

I’m happy to begin the series with an interview with one of the genuinely funny authors in contemporary Indian popular fiction — Yashodhara Lal. Her first book (published by HarperCollins India), with the kitschy title of Just Married, Please Excuse, was a laugh riot. Her new book Sorting out Sid promises to be just as funny.

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The Importance of Being E(a)rnest

No, this post is not about the play, nor is it about the movie. It’s about a quality all successful freelancers share — being earnest (aka sincere, aka dependable).

Let’s face it, there’s actually no dearth of talented writers out there. The world today is filled with wonderfully eloquent and awe-inspiringly articulate folks. Do we really need another writer? Yes, if she is not just talented but dependable too.

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7 Tips to Achieve Work-Life Balance for Freelancers

So many of us believe that working from home is a guarantee to achieving work-life balance. It sounds like a no-brainer, right? You don’t need to commute, don’t need to need to waste time putting together the perfect work-day outfit, don’t have to rush through breakfast. To the harried office-goer, freelancing or working-from-home seems like the panacea for all evils.

But the truth is, work-life balance can be challenging even for freelancers. Let me count the ways.

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5 Ways to Stay Motivated as a Writer

Finding the motivation to write a book, a post or a journalistic piece is so easy. All you have to do is read something trashy. And voila! You realize you could write something wayy better than that 😉

So, in the first flush of confidence, you start that novel. You write a few hundred or thousand words and feel elated. You take a break for a few hours. Only, that short break turns into days and weeks of writing zilch. You realise getting motivated is so much easier than staying motivated.

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Why Precision in Your Writing Matters

I had an interesting conversation on the subject of Precision with the husband a few days back. And since then, I have been mulling about how what he said applies to writers as well.

Basically, he gave a few examples of excellence and precision (yup, we’re geeks, him more than me, so yes, we do talk like that now and then! ) : Lego, Swiss watches and German machine tools…no, this is not a plug (at least not a paid one) for any of these products…but each one is known for, you guessed it — Precision: Exacting standards in product-making, which makes the product stand out over every other competitor.

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