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 […]

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 […]

writing lessons from Ernest Hemingway
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Writing Lessons from Ernest Hemingway

Ernest Hemingway was among the greatest American authors of the 20th-century and the likes of William Faulkner, Ray Bradbury, and F. Scott Fitzgerald. He was a notable novelist, short story writer, a journalist and a sportsman. His most popular works include A Farewell to Arms, The Snows of Kilimanjaro and Old Man and the Sea, […]

5 tips for not coming off as a newbie writer
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5 ways to not come off as a newbie writer.

Writing isn’t so much about hard and fast rules, as much as it is about creative determination. And yet when you know good writing you just know. But nobody wants to look like a newbie writer even when they are. Here are some tricks that help your manuscripts look professional. Pace Most writers face issues […]

The cities- Momina Arif's Blog
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The Cities

There’s a part of you somewhere in a school balcony wondering if being alone could always feel so serene And it takes a while but the walls start rescinding. There’s a part of you that’s taking it in, second by second. A breezy September night.  Everything is fleeting but everything is fine. And you wonder […]

Sunsets- Momina Arif's Blog
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The Sunsets

You’ll learn to catch time in its infidel steps You’ll learn to keep your sunsets inside  When people you love are retracing  Learn to see their midnights Ticking, turning.  Learn to accept when they’ve let go Learn to see things before it’s too late  Learn to be brave. Braver than words Learn to be brave […]

writing competitions July 2020
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Writing competitions to apply to in July 2020.

Still can’t believe that we are in July of 2020. All those memes trending right now about still mentally processing February. Yes. That is I. Adjusting to the new routine or the lack thereof is something everyone is dealing with right now. And for us writers, that don’t write, it is another excuse to fall […]

Hotel of Saints by Ursula Hegi Book Review (2)
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Hotel of Saints by Ursula Hegi― Book Review

From the author, of Stones from the River, the Hotel of Saints by Ursula Hegi is an extraordinary collection of short stories that sometimes make us smile and sometimes drive us to tears. This book of short stories takes you different places such as Germany, Mexico, and the United States. The variety of characters and […]