Historical Fiction

Historical Fiction

There was a time when History as a subject used to bore me to the core.

Then, God sent a pretty gem – Ms Benaifer Wykes, a lovely History Teacher in my life.

Her heart was as pretty as her face. She used to turn our monotonous lessons into intriguing stories and make us remember tedious historical dates and events like a piece of cake!

If you like reading about Kings and Warriors, personal titbits about historical characters, antique objects, important documents and more, then, Historical Fiction is your subject.

As per Collins English Dictionary, Historical Fiction is a fictional novel which is set in real events in history.

Besides in-depth research, extracting legal facts and gaining complete knowledge of a historical person or an event, is quite essential.

You may read –

1. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne.

2. Daniel Defoe by Robinson Crusoe.

3. The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak.

4. The Red Queen by Phillippa Gregory.

5. Snow Flower And The Secret Fan by Lisa See.

History is beautiful or gory with vast extremes. It depends on your choice … what you wish to read and how much can you handle it emotionally.

As a writer, dvelve deep inside History … just any History and you are sure to meet splendid surprises. It is up to you, how you use them to stun your readers.

Eagerly waiting to read some fresh and unique Historical Fiction from you readers.

Happy Hunting!

 

 

 

 

Fantasy

Fantasy

Magic, fairies, witches and wizards, mesmerising creatures … A colourful world of weirdest things happening in the most unexpected ways!

Yes, this is the world of Fantasy Genre.

According to Oxford Dictionary, Fantasy is a genre of imaginative fiction involving magic and adventure, especially in a setting other than the real world.

If you enjoy reading the Harry Potter and Twilight series, stories like Chronicles of Narnia, The Hobbit and The Game of Thrones, then this genre maybe your calling.

Free imagination, unimaginable characters, bizzare settings and supremely creative plots are your keys to success.

Usually, fantasy novels have giants, fairies, dragons, dungeons, goblins, mermaids, bats, sea monstors, nymphs, trolls, vampires, werewolves, elves, sphinxes, witches, wizards, etc.

You can add creatures of your own.

Of course, you have to read and do thorough research to give your story a realistic appeal.

See how other authors have used their imagination to craft a bestseller.

You never know, you could be the next one!

Genres

Genres

When an idea strikes you, the first thing in mind comes your genre.

Genres are categories like Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Science Fiction, Mystery, Adventure, Romance, War, Western, Humour, Tragedy, etc.

Choose any genre, do thorough research regards the same, read famous books of the same genre and then get back to your idea.

Now you will have plenty of ideas to go about your story. Jot down your ideas on a paper. Prepare an outline of your story. Do character analysis of your various major and minor characters.

Then, wait for two days and then start writing your story.

First, I choose to write on paper as it gives me a tremendous creative flow. At that time, I don’t worry about grammar, structure or spellings. I just keep writing. Once I am done with my rough draft, then I start writing my story on MS Word.

After finishing my story, I start proofreading and editing. Then, I give it to some close people to read it to gain their frank and critical views.

Later come Typesetting and Illustrations along with Cover Page and Back Cover.

You need to create a crisp and attractive Blurb for your Back Cover too.

I will be explaining all the major points in detail in my upcoming posts.

So, stay tuned.

And.

Happy Reading!

 

Word Blocks

Word Blocks

You are damn excited! You have a blank page in front of you. You are all set to write a new piece.

However, you encounter a sudden Word Block!

Word Blocks are damn frustrating and time wasting. Imagine you have a deadline to meet and a Word Block pops up immensely teasing your nerves.

What would you do?

Run away from it for a while or force your mind to write something?

Even I have faced Word Blocks and trust me at times they are nerve wrecking.

Nevertheless, after doing a little research, I found a few ways to combat them. Let me share them with you. Who knows, you may use one of them and squash away your Word Blocks for ever!

Tricks to vanish Word Blocks

1. Walk away from your blank page for a while. Do any other activity, such as dance, sing, watch TV, surf on the net, chat with a friend, cook, sleep, read or go for a walk.

2. Discuss what you want to write with someone close and trustworthy. I usually discuss things with my Mom – Falguni Doshi or my brother – Harsh Doshi. They are patient listeners and critical advisors.

3. Read something familiar to give you some idea.

4. Search on the internet for Writing Prompts.

5. At times, I go to the garden and sway on a swing happily. Innumerable ideas flash in front of me!

6. Dance or listen to your favourite music.

7. Play with a child or a pet. Trust me, it’s very soothing.

8. Check out your Cutting’s File for ideas.

9. Read your own previous written or published work. (It’s damn motivating!)

10. Last but not the least – just write … something … anything. It will trigger your creative nerves and words will flow like magic. You can always edit later.

So, face your Word Blocks boldly and create brilliant pieces!

Diary Dearest!

Diary Dearest!

Do any of you have a personal diary? If yes, then, I am sure, it will be hiding all your cushy-mushy secrets, your moods and tantrums, your ideas and your rawest creativity!

Do you know why? Because, when you write in a diary, you are yourself. No pretence, no ifs and buts … just the truth.

Keeping a diary is the best thing for a writer. When my husband had expressed his love for me for the first time … he had gifted me a diary. It’s a treasured gift for me!

Yes, now-a-days people keep online diaries. That’s fair enough. However, writing on a page with ink and sharing your vital secrets with your diary is an altogether different feeling.

Try it … I am sure you will love it!

As an author, it gives you a regular flow of writing. It is one of the best remedies for Word Blocks!

So, my dear friends, gift yourself a beautiful diary and embellish it with your secrets!

Traditional Publishing or Self-Publishing?

Traditional Publishing or Self-Publishing?

“I want to be a published Writer!”

This was not just a sentence but a mantra for me that lead me to my goal and thoroughly aided me in publishing my novel.

As you’ll know, I went through a few challenges, but one of them was the question – should I publish my book traditionally or take the self-publishing route?

After doing some research, I summerized the following things and came up with these differences –

Traditional Publishing

1. You might have to wait for years and maybe your book may never see the light of day.

2. If some publishing company does agree to publish your story, then, they take care of all the details, cover designing, formatting, editing, finances, hassles, promoting, etc.

(At times, some publishers ask for money and you have to do all the marketing by yourself. So, it’s best to check things thoroughly and then go ahead with the publisher.)

3. Distribution and Marketing are the major factors that determine the success of any book. (The publishers take care of it.)

4. You get a royalty depending on the contract signed with the publisher.

5. You get brilliant book launches. Celebrities are invited to launch your book. It gives a good exposure and help boosts sales.

6. You sit back and enjoy the fruits of your labour.

7. It gives you the time to work on your next book and concentrate properly on it.

Self-Publishing

1. If you plan and execute efficiently, then, within three months, you can see your novel all set to sell in the market.

2. You have to do everything from scratch – editing, proof-reading, designing, financing, printing, publishing, marketing, promoting, distributing and selling.

Of course, you do approach specialists to do the things but you have to run around everywhere.

If you chose to make it your bread and butter, then, you have to master several roles at one go.

3. Distributors don’t take you seriously. It hurts your marketing. Ebooks are safer. But with correct technical knowledge and enough money, you can crack any damn deal and become a famous author.

4. Instead of royalty you get either profits or loses.

5. You need to have a superb book launch, else it effects your marketing severely.

6. You cannot just lay down and start working on your next book. You have to multi-task and be the jack of all trades.

7. It gives you the freedom to make your own choices and determine the course of your book’s marketing, promoting and distribution.

From my own experience, I would choose self-publishing. Though it is way challenging and I have to invest my money and a lot of time but it gives me great profits. Financially and Creatively.

So, if in doubt, then just analyse your priorities and choose the best pathway for your novel.

 

The Juicy Story

The Juicy Story

When I had decided to self-publish my novel, several obstacles bombarded at me.

Firstly, many people said that what can a little girl like me do. I can hardly self–publish a novel. Girls are weak.

Yes my dear friends, even in this modern world we have people with a third class mentally, who are ready to degrade girls at every given chance.

I faced them boldly and clearly said that I will surely self-publish my novel and achieve my dream.

Initially, the printer I had approached did a good job with 100 copies. But, when he printed the 1000 copies, he spoiled half of them and put me in a grave loss!

He too thought that I couldn’t do anything. So, he blamed things on me.

I did some research and three people helped me tremendously. Mr Yawar Khan (an amazing Publisher), Mr Vivek Goel (a brilliant Artist) and Mr Suresh Shah (my uncle and a fantastic Publisher).

They guided me through the technical aspects of printing a novel and showed me my mistakes, quite frankly.

Using that knowledge and with my Mom’s and Uncle – Mr Sanjay Ajani, I achieved some compensation for my loss from the printer.

Also, in my hurry to self-publish, I hadn’t done proper typesetting, printed the books with a wrong printer and not done thorough research regards to marketing my novel.

Mr Vivek Goel and his team gave me a marvellous new Cover Page for my novel.

Then, I came across Amazon’s KDP Select program. It aided me in publishing my novel as an ebook and gave me a worldwide audience!

Today my novel is available throughout the world on Amazon.

Of course, I used the new Cover Page, did thorough typesetting and covered all the technical aspects properly.

If you are interested in reading it, then, click on the link below.

So my dear readers, if you have people around you, who try to shun you down, then, just stump them with your determination and success.

Kudos to Writing!

 

Story of my Story

Story of my Story

Yes, I have a nice juicy story of my Story – The Mystery Crackers: A Chest’s Tale.

As you’ll know, I had written my entire story within a week. However, there was a long way to go.

First things first, I asked Jash Karani and Sakshi Karani to review it. They did so fervently. Then I approached my Mom – Falguni Doshi, my brother – Harsh Doshi, his best friend – Alan Dias, my brilliant buddy – Hari Raja, my nephew – Monik Doshi and a few others. They too gave their frank opinions and guidelines.

I edited my novel and finally my manuscript was ready. It was a joyful moment. I approached several publishers, however, none responded. Then, I came across one publisher that said they would publish my book but charge me a hefty fee for it.

Frankly, I was quite impatient to get my work published. I had had enough. So, I chose to self-publish my novel.

Yes, it was massively challenging, but I faced all the hurdles and surely achieved my goal.

I met my lovely friend – Natasha Kotian (a superb Graphic Designer) and Tejal (a clever Artist ).

They helped me design my cover page, back page and illustrations. Then, I technically readied my manuscript and went to a printer.

First I printed 100 copies with my own investment. It was a huge success and then I took the plunge of printing 1000 copies!

So, friends, if you feel you have the knack of writing and are willing to share it with the world … then … just keep going!

You might wonder what was so juicy about it? There is loads to share my dear friends. Just keep reading …

 

 

A Challenge!

 A Challenge!

Jash Karani – my little Puck and Sakshi Karani – my beautiful Snow White  (actually my first and most inspiring students) openly challenged me!

“If you are a Creative Writer, then why don’t you write a novel?” challenged Jash.

“Yes, you can write on any of the genres – Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Science Fiction, Mystery, Adventure, Romance, War, etc” suggested Sakshi.

“Okay Jinal Teacher, tell me one thing. Who are your favourite Author and Character?” queried Jash.

“Of course, J K Rowling and Harry Potter,” was my instant answer.

“Then why don’t you write a Fantasy novel? You love Fantasy, right?” Sakshi pointed.

“Yes, but …”

“No ifs and buts Teacher, you first be sure of what you wish to write,” declared Jash.

I fondly pondered on our conversion. It was always a dream to be a Novelist. Yes, I knew it would be quite tough. However, when my students, friends and family believed in me, especially my Mom, then, why shouldn’t I go ahead with it?

I chatted with my closest pal – Sejal Nahar.  She was frank, critical and analytical with her approaches. She told me,

“Jinal, I know that you love Harry Potter, but are you emotionally ready to write a Fantasy Novel right now? What is it that draws your attention these days? What do you currently enjoy reading most at present?”

“The Mystery Series of the Hardy Boys,” was my pat reply.

“Exactly! So, write a unique mystery novel for your little champs. It would be the best gift for them and you would be able to fulfil your dream of becoming a Novelist!” explained Sejal.

“Thanks a lot Sejal for your insights!”

I was quite grateful to Sejal, Jash and Sakshi for encouraging me.

Finally I decided to write a mystery novel about fraternal twins – Prash and Nish who encounter an antique golden chest, which leads them to a grand discovery.

I shared this idea with all three of them. Sejal was ecstatic. Nevertheless, Jash and Sakshi had a few demands.

“We don’t like reading fat books, so please keep your book thin,” proclaimed Jash.

“Through your novel, we wish to learn new vocabulary, grammatical, conversational and Story Writing skills,” stated Sakshi.

“It has to be full of fun and suspense,” added Jash.

“It should improve our reading and creative writing skills for years to come,” concluded Sakshi.

Zealously, I accepted their challenge and promised them to write a fantastic story. Within a week, I finished crafting my first novel – The Mystery Crackers: A Chest’s Tale with immensely brilliant inputs from my dear mother – Falguni Doshi and caring brother – Harsh Doshi.

That week … my first novel … They glorified my life!

If you too have a story behind your story, then I’d love to hear it.

If you aspire to create a Novel, then just squat and pour away your heart on paper or MS Word!

Live Inspirations!

Live Inspirations!

Once I fell in love with books, there was no looking back. I read innumerable stories, biographies, self-help books, various fictions and the list would just go on.

As you’ll know, I loved Harry Potter (again courtsey Nikita Mehra), so naturally J K Rowling became my idol. I wished to be an awesome writer like her.

Easier said than done … I know … I know …

However, I fervently kindled that dream and chose to write a mystery novel for kids somewhere on the lines of Hardy Boys.

I thought on writing on fraternal twins. Amongst my cool friends, I had two close buddies – Prashant Machhar and Nishant Jadhav. With their permission, I based my novel heroes – Prash and Nish on them.

Prash was exactly like my friend Prashant. Tall, lean, confident and immensely intellectual. His calmness and maturity always saved the day.

While Nish was absolutely like my buddy Nishant. Clever, witty, slightly notorious and superbly intelligent. Mess with him and you are gone but honour him wisely, you would have earned the best friend forever!

So guys, what are you waiting for? If you have a story to tell and live inspirations in front of you, then just don the writer’s hat and fire away your story!