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CHEST-THUMPING AND THE TERROR OF COMPLETION

Egad! I’ve written a book! The past year and a half was a time of ruthless revision – polishing and compiling my work into a manuscript that I hope, in the near future, publishers everywhere will start a ferocious bidding … Continue reading

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THE FIVE MOST IMPORTANT LESSONS OF 2014

Exactly one year, one month and a day ago, I wrote my first Scribe’s Madness post. What started as a virgin attempt at blogging turned into a labour of love. The past year brought me closer to realizing my writing … Continue reading

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WRITING WHEN I’M NOT WRITING

Lately, a strange thing has been happening and it has happened enough times for me to take notice. I’m getting my best writing done when I’m at my busiest. A sizzling new verse, begging to be turned into a poem, … Continue reading

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SOUNDBYTE FROM THE SAFMA READING

In July – August this year I made a trip to Pakistan where I had the opportunity to read my poetry at an event organized by the South Asian Free Media Association (SAFMA) and the Islamabad Literary Forum. It was … Continue reading

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3 TIPS FOR MURDERING YOUR DARLINGS

It’s not easy being ruthless. I get attached to the sentences I write. I develop soulful relationships with whole stanzas and passages during the process of their creation. If I hang on to them with the ferocity of a pitbull … Continue reading

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AUDACITY AND TENACITY FOR WRITERS (7 TIPS)

This blog post is for two types of people: 1- Those who want to write but are paralyzed at the thought of beginning their project. 2- Those who start writing but their passion, ambition and ideas fizzle out midway through … Continue reading

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A LITTLE PERSPECTIVE

Right off the bat, let’s clarify: Perspective and Point of View (POV) are two different things. Perspective is the character-speaker-narrator through which you want to tell your story or poem. POV is how that character tells the story (in first, … Continue reading

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3 TIPS FOR THE CHATTERING MIND

“It has been estimated that the average person has sixty thousand separate thoughts each and every day.” – Wayne W. Dyer. Most of us have minds that race night and day and if you’re a writer a major chunk of … Continue reading

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COMING FULL CIRCLE: THE PAKISTAN TRIP AND MY IDENTITY AS A WRITER

I am back from my Pakistan trip. It was by far the most literarily productive vacation I’ve ever taken. Reasons being: * I ran a Poetry Workshop in collaboration with Foundation for Arts, Culture and Education (FACE) which was a … Continue reading

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3 TIPS FOR WRITING DURING HOLIDAYS

I’m visiting Pakistan, Ramzan just ended and it’s Eid holidays. That alone should be enough to make me throw down my pen and surrender to the lure of long-awaited family gatherings, conversations that end at dawn, excursions with kids, constant … Continue reading

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