Fantasy Cliches Momina Arif's Blog
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How to avoid writing clichés in fantasy

Any bookstore you walk into, you will find shelves upon shelves of fantasy fiction. There are actually quite a lot of fantasy books but they all seem to be weak imitations of the same book. Most fantasy books tend to be predictable and filled with clichés at every step. The trick to writing great fantasy […]

writing lessons from Haruki Murakami
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Writing Lessons from Haruki Murakami

Haruki Murakami is a writer of unusual origins. The Japanese writer found his calling while watching a football match and before that, he had never considered becoming a writer. The author is notorious for leading a private life while also baring it all to his readers. From writing his first novel at a kitchen table […]

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The Colors

It was a nauseating freedom, the sense of finally getting the hang of it. It took years to build a home where nobody lived. It was bending further and further everyday, until one day you are surprised you got so far and it didn’t even hurt. The kindest of Septembers, passed you by. I took […]

The People- Momina Arif's Blog
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The People

But not everyone shows strength in daggers Blunt and unbridled They budge time and again into skin And make wounds that are far from fatal In time their blows are always returned When you tell people how you feel It reeks of old haunts Shallow streams of pain but they weren’t there They don’t know what you […]

WHY YOUR STORY NEEDS A THEME_- Momina Arif's Blog
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Why your story needs a theme?

A theme is the central topic that is explored in a story. Themes are not to be confused with the message or final takeaway. Some of the most popular themes used in fiction include hope, good vs. evil, coming-of-age, and karmic experiences. You can probably already list a few of the novels you’ve read or […]