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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 […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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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 […]

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The Endings

Let’s talk about the world ending. With indefinite days ahead and for everyone when they are ready. The goodbyes that have waited on me so long, almost feel holy. I think you’ll feel like that again, when a secret escapes and it’s not just yours anymore. When an old friend knocks on your door and […]

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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. If you remove all the fantasy […]

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The One

I don’t want to be in love anymore It has been a tiresome make believe And I’ve not lived better in it’s shadow I’ve not softened over the edges I’v become scornful And vile and iridescent Demanding of answers that love cannot give That not loss can make simple Are all of us made to […]