Based on interviews, with authors over the years, and conferences, it has been found that fiction writing can be challenging. There is no doubt that a reader’s attention span starts dwindling and being said that, an average reader takes less than a minute to abandon a book or piece of writing. There are many examples of a fictional writer starting off his story on a very promising note and leaving the reader to feel cheated at the end.
Whether you are writing a short story or something like a letter to a fictional character at https://gpalabs.com/, avoid these writing mistakes. Here are some points of consensus and observations:
A well-written piece of fiction book serves to keep the reader interested and drawn towards the story with some point of tension, and some drama; all serve as hooks. Boredom! That’s what you need to avoid while writing a fiction, throw open a question and don’t answer it for a while. As a fictional writer, your job is to keep your audience hooked to your script.
2. Don’t assume there is any single path or playbook a fiction writer needs to follow:
Simply you have to do what works best for you, try listening to the voices in your head and learn to train and trust them, because they will let you know if you are on the right path.
You sure can write a 1000 page book, but should you? It is not about showing off being wordy or your English vocabulary which can be a surefire shot at rejection. Mostly it is about using the right words that your story needs. An unedited story is an agony for readers because they are reading until the end of your story just to know what happens in the end.
4. Don’t try to write like your idols:
Be yourself. If you try to pretend to write like anyone else, your readers will know. The one thing you’ve got that no one else does is your own voice, your own style, your own approach, so make each section of your story an acceptable experience for the readers.
5. Choose the adverb correctly:
Choosing the right adverb is very important because it brings about a sense of action while on the other hand, it may dilute the action.
6. Avoid putting all your eggs in one basket when it comes to pitching something:
As a fictional writer, ensure you don’t put all your creativity in one book always be working on your next book or idea while you’re querying. Make sure you send out your crispest version to literary agents and publishers.
There are many instances such as after the Harry Potter series many writers, all of a sudden, began writing stories with magic as a central premise and after the Twilight series, every other manuscript that landed on a publisher’s desk was about vampires. Yes, you can be inspired by some writers but never ever copy ideas and story plots of other authors.
‘GREAT MINDS ON INDIA’ is simply outstanding! I never knew that such a compilation exists and we all should be thankful to Mr. Salil Gewali! These great quotes should be embossed on plaques and displayed on the walls of our Parliament, State Assembly Halls, and at all our educational institutions. Most importantly, the material should be made a compulsory reading for all the school students.
–Dr. AV Murali, Houston (Former NASA Scientist)
The rise of the likes of Salil Gewali appears to be a real sunshine of hope. India, which was the fountainhead of the profound knowledge, has unfortunately been groping in the darkness of misinformation. Thanks to hordes of native scholars who love to undermine their own literary heritage and disseminated distorted history.
So, against this disquieting backdrop, Gewali’s exhaustive research-based book “Great minds on INDIA”, which originally published with the title named – “What is India”, is going to be a remarkable testament. The substantive document to inform one and all about the secular basis of Indian literature. The book is doubtlessly going to establish the universal essence of the Indian culture which hitherto misinterpreted by anti-nation forces.
The idea of a compilation of thoughts and opinions of the world top thinkers and writers occurred to Mr. Gewali during his late teens. His father – Krishna Prasad Gewali, who was an erudite scholar, inspired Mr. Salil Gewali and showed him the depth of the ancient literature. From early age, Mr Salil was much drawn to study Vedas, Upanishads and Bhagavad Gita. He reminiscence in one of his articles – “ I had encountered that a good many literary books published from the country, which deliberately undermine the ancient text and denigrate the cultural values of the home country, were held in high esteem. Those authors were only applauded, honored and awarded. Whereas, the ones who loved the country and wanted to uphold the traditional values and preserve the ancient and universal wisdom of the home country were considered as the cohort lost in the wilderness of jingoism”. Gewali could not stomach the rise of the forces which are going to be detriminantal to the nation.
Mr. Gewali made deeper studies of the ancient scriptures vis-a-vise the western intellectuals. He painstakingly picked up the pearls of gem scattered in the various books authored by western geniuses. Gewali’s prime objective was to discover what those western scholars had said about India and her wisdom. Gewali felt that only the opinions and thoughts expressed by the western intellectual can bring the Indian intellectual to the sense.
After a very long struggle, Gewali could bring out the compilation in the Xerox format in the year 1998. For his financial hardship, he could not publish the book in the print format for many years. However, after a long gap of 11 years, the first printed format was published in 2009.
This unique book immediately caught the attention of so many scholars across the world. The first edition, which was formally launched by the governor of Meghalaya – Shri Ranjit Shekhar Mooshahary, the book also reached a NASA scientist – Prof. AV Murali. Later Prof. Being extremely awe-stricken by the contents of the book he remarked: “This compilation is simply outstanding! I never knew that such a compilation exists and we all should be thankful to Mr. Salil Gewali! These great quotes should be embossed on plaques and displayed on the walls of our Parliament, State Assembly Halls, and at all our educational institutions. Most importantly, the material should be made a compulsory reading for all the school students.”Prof. Murali is a former National Research Council Scientist at the Johnson Space Center in Houston of the (NASA). Murali also worked as a scientist at the Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) in Houston. The book has also fascinated the NASA Chief scientist, Dr. Kamlesh Lulla of Houston, who has offered to pen down the preface for the revised edition of the book.
Prof Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, a world-acclaimed novelist, whose famous novel, ‘The Mistress of Spices’ was released as a film directed by Paul Mayeda Berges starring Aishwarya Rai and Dylan McDermott, applauded Gewali’s book : “An inspirational read that reminds us of our amazing ancient heritage and why we need to incorporate it into our lives as modern Indians.”
Starting from 2011 till the date Gewali’s book has been translated into eleven languages, mostly by prominent literary figures, bureaucrats and scientists.
The book translated in other languages as under :
Hindi: by Vishwa Mohan Tiwari, former Vice Air Marshal, Noida, Delhi and Dr. MP Jain, Udaipur, Rajasthan.
Malayalam: by Dr. M. Pushpangadan, Kerala and Smt. Mansi PA, Mumbai.
Telugu: by Satyadeva Prasad and BS Sharma, Secunderabad, Telangana
Gujarati: by Rekha Dave and edited by Jitu Patwari
Nepali: by Dr Govinda Raj Bhattarai, Prof of Tribhuwan University, Kathmandu, Nepal
Marathi: Deepa Joshi, Thane, Mumbai, Edited by Leena Mehendale, Former Additional Chief Secretary, Government of Maharashtra, Mumbai
Kannada: by Dr. Mulliya Raghavayya, former Nuclear scientist, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Karnataka, Mysore.
Tamil: Dr. Pothy C Jayapal, Chennai.
Manipuri: by Sadashiva Singh, Senapati, Manipur.
Bengali, : by Prof. R.N. Das, MD, MRCP (UK), Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (London), edited by Prof. Nirmal Maity.
Another scholar from California Ms. Anna Hourihan writes in her review: “Salil Gewali’s work puts a spotlight on the importance of the ancient teachings, which are imperative for our future existence in these crucial times. His book is a most worthwhile gift to all of us. But chiefly it’s for the people of India so that they may realize the importance of the role of India and Indians from early times, and which continues even today with its scientists, sages and also the Hindu Indian diaspora.”
Lastly, the efforts of a scholar like Salil Gewali should be acknowledged and appreciated in the highest terms. Government of India should take the initiative to spread this book before our children become secular and start hating not only the culture and but the country too. I would further add that ‘Great minds on INDIA’ doubtlessly shatters the limitations of mind by making it embrace the higher perceptions. It makes us rise above the false opinions of pseudo intellectuals, who believe that there is no point in looking back, particularly concerning ancient heritage. When one encounters Gewali’s testimonial work, one discovers new routes to unfold our glorious past. After all, we need a right path to arrive at the destination – the self realization. That is not possible with a flawed perspective. So, Salil’s book will be a magnificent light to show the truth in the right perspective which otherwise just undermined as old myth and fairy-tale stories.
The researcher of this detoxifying book — Salil Gewali was born in Shillong, Meghalaya. His father, (Late) Krishna Prasad Gewali was a very learned scholar and writer who was well versed in ancient scriptures. Gewali was first introduced to the ancient Indian literature by his father who also had a very in-depth knowledge of Sanskrit language. So, from an early age, Mr. Gewali was drawn to study Vedas, Upanishads and Bhagavad Gita.Gewali passed his School Leaving Certificate examination from ‘Mawprem Modern High School’, in 1986 and joinedSt. Anthony College, Shillong, Meghalaya for further studies. He completed his post-graduation in English Literature.