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What’s The Premise?

What’s The Premise?

When I am writing, I am usually writhing in pain.   The beloved dramatic code is very exciting to unravel because we want the reader to keep asking, ‘and then what happens?’, but what is the reason for all the fuss? That brings us to the dreaded and bandied word…

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Where’s the Drama?

Where’s the Drama?

Hold your breath! No, don’t hold it. It’s no use. Wait, wait, wait! Maybe you could for a few seconds. No? That’s fine, let go. Phew!   That’s dramatic code unravelled for you.   Stories are a form of communication that expresses the dramatic code or an artistic description of…

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Tell Me A Story

Tell Me A Story

Stories are as old as evolution itself; the first ape who turned into a man must have told his tale with eloquence. Yet, we struggle to tell a story that captures the imagination of the reader or creates a natural and emotional connection with him or her.   Why is…

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Frogs Turn To Dust

Frogs Turn To Dust

If you are approaching 50, and you’re a single woman, you’re probably done by several long miles (imagine trekking across the Sahara Desert in high heels). The Frogs don’t turn into Princes when you swipe them on Tinder or Hinge or any app that was designed to help you build…

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The Thing About Love

The Thing About Love

Since time immemorial, Love has been that enigmatic emotion which has successfully reduced men, women, kingdoms and values to ashes. Nobody lives to tell the tale of overcoming the necessity for love except for saints and sages, but then they too get enough love from followers to buy an entire…

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Bohemian Rhapsody

Bohemian Rhapsody

Being a Freddie Mercury and Queen fan ever since I started to listen to English music in the 1980’s and 1990’s, and then rediscovering their music again while running in the last four years, it has been a tremendously emotional and elevating experience for me to watch Bohemian Rhapsody, the…

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The Common Cold – Photography

The Common Cold – Photography

My first camera at 14 was a Kodak Hot Shot 110 S film camera. A birthday gift. It was a nice black piece of plastic into which we had to stick a 110 cartridge film that came in 12, 15, 20 or 24 exposures. And then we had to take…

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The First One (Writing The First Book)

The First One (Writing The First Book)

The First Book, like a lover, is full of possibilities, until in hindsight it isn’t the one. It is everything wrong, over-valued, embarrassing naive and definitely egoistic. I recall writing 90,000 words of my first book between 2008 and 2009 when I was going through a really tough time in…

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What is your greatest fear as writer?

What is your greatest fear as writer?

What is your greatest fear as writer?   No, no one asked me that question, but I have often asked myself that, especially when the ink is dried up in my head and the words won’t come at any cost. Coffee, active dreaming, speaking aloud. Nothing helps then. My greatest…

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