The Verbal Sketch

Let’s sketch perfection, Mrs. Artist.

It’s been years that we’ve been together. I’ve seen you work day & night to get every stroke of the pencil perfectly rub against the canvas. All the frames in our room are filled with exuberant portraits and the liveliest landscapes. I love each of them, I do, but one thing I always wonder— Why isn’t your face on any of them?

The question’s easy to ask, than solve by myself, because I know your skills are a mixture of practice and talent. Yet, I would love to begin with the gift.

I’ll stare down the blank canvas, picturing which expression of yours shall I portray? I hope you don’t run into the room and ask me about it. It’ll be my surprise. I’ll sketch you from the perspective of my very own eyes.
I’ll start with your doll face, shouldn’t I? Then stretch your flicks down to your waist and leave just a strand falling on your face, the way I always like it. I’ll try to wing your liner and get those nerdy glasses blend in right with your Hazel eyes. For one thing I’m sure, I would never be able to pour the light & life they hold in them in to the canvas.
Overlooking your smile, I promise I’ll pay close attention to your every curve, as they conceal the paths to your juvenile heart. I’ll picture you naked to make it pure, but on a second thought I feel our wedding gown would be the cure. Dragging the white dress you came down the aisle, my heart skipped several beats and I pictured eternity being on your side.
I’ll make it monochromatic and cross my fingers for you to find it romantic. I’ll even add a butterfly on your smooth shoulder, to depict how tender is our love even when we’ve got older.
And then the final touch would make it a masterpiece!

But oh that was only a future, not a reality. In reality, all I can do is write. So I wrote you a masterpiece under the moon’s light, while you sleep on our bed by our baby’s side. I love you for the person you are, my artist. But one day I hope I gift you, your sketch and see you in delight!

Yours,
Mr. Writer.


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A writer’s journey.

The fresh breeze coming from the ocean leaves a salty taste on his lips, but it doesn’t matter, Arush is already lost in a trance. The water touches his ankle every time a wave pushes them out towards land. He opens his collar button and takes a deep breath in. As he unbuttons his shirt, he can feel the mask of the corporate man fall off.

It’s the first time in ages that he has come by this lonely part of the shore. He reminisces every happy memory he has here. But one particular memory is very vivid.

***

‘How many shapes did you see today?’ His sister ran towards him, while he was lying on the warm sand.

‘None.’ He said, looking accusingly towards the distorted clouds. ‘I feel like my imagination has ended, Naina. Why? Why can’t I see a shape today!’ Arush hears his 8-year-old self crying and an unexpected smile crosses his face.

‘Oh, little brother!’ He hated being her “little brother” and so puffed his cheeks. ‘Oh my cute little Aru.’ she corrected, ‘Imagination never ends. It’s as abundant as the water of our ocean. Especially your imagination doesn’t have an end, like the horizon that we see the sun take shelter in, every evening.’ Back then, Aru didn’t understand a thing his elder sister told him. Eventually, she guessed Arush’s understanding isn’t as mature as she thought it to be, so she made him stand up.

‘Come have a look at this.’ She did something with her long fingers and pointed on the sand.

‘A rabbit!’ Arush jumped in delight and Naina joined his laughter.

‘Can I try, too?” He asked, his voice timid.
‘Of course, little brother.’ And then she taught many other shadow animals.

***

A tear rolls down his cheek. It is the first time that Arush has returned home, after getting a job last year in the foreign land. He was overwhelmed for days and nights with work.
Now Arush waits, excited, to give a news to the little brother’s sister who taught him to imagine.

‘How many shapes did you see today?’ His sister wraps him in her arms and neither of them can hold back their emotions.

‘I heard you’ve been promoted to the manager! Congratulations, Arush.’ She says, while eating from a packet of bhel in her hand.

‘Yes. It came in the last week. I warned mom not to tell anyone. Does dad know?’ Arush doesn’t really sound concerned if his dad knows about it.

‘Is anything wrong?’ That’s what he likes about Naina. She can sense his every little emotion.

‘I quit my job. I’ve something to show you, that’s the reason I wanted to meet you here.’ Naina finds it tough to not react to the abruptness, yet she only nods.

Arush reaches out to his bag and fetches a paper bag for Naina.

‘Remember you showed me how imagination can never end? Even though I never got it as a kid, I understood it a little late. And when I did, I wrote it down. I wrote pages, those pages turned into chapters and those chapters built a story. I wasn’t confident about it but I sent the draft to various publishers. Surprising enough, I received my acceptance letter two days ago. I’ve a scheduled meeting tomorrow and I want you to be with me, when I walk in there.’ Naina’s jaw is left open and even in the faint moonlight Arush can see pearls in her eyes.


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Update:

Occult of Strigoikirk – Epilogue would be posted soon. Stay tuned.

Writing Tips #2(Choosing the genre)

Hello, once again, beautiful souls! As discussed every week we are going to proceed with the tips on fictional writing and the sequence remains the same:
#1 – Word Count and Story Length
#2 – Choosing the genre/ Conceptualizing the story
#3 – Sequencing the Plot
#4 – Character Development
#5 – First Person/ Second Person/ Third Person Narrative
#6 – The Power of Foreshadowing

Now, you must have a pretty good idea on how long your story should be, Kudos! But what good a story is without a particular genre? Today we’ll discuss the basics of choosing a genre for your story and conceptualizing it.

Choosing the Genre

Once you sit down to start a story, you shouldn’t start with the first chapter itself. But if you do, then don’t worry. You can always use it somewhere or the other. Even I did that initially, but it makes the foundation of the story shaky.
So, now when you sit down to start a story you ask yourself—

  • What do I want my story to portray?

When you have the answer to this very question, you should think on—

  • Will my desire to portray this particular thing be satisfied by this particular genre?

These two questions are the most natural hurdles you will face when starting your own story but these are the most vital ones.

Stop complicating things and help us figure it out, Ashutosh!

Alright, the first question— What do I want my story to portray? — is the easiest, since you are the one who knows the answer. Didn’t get what I mean?
What I mean to say is, you are the creator of the story. Which makes you omnipotent to answer any question related to your creation. Including, what your story should portray.

To make it simpler, let’s assume J.K Rowling has sat down for the first time and is thinking about starting a story. She answers the first question quite easily.(Obviously, this is just an illustration.)

“Oh, What do I want my story to portray?
Hmm, Yes! I want my story to reflect friendship, some magical things, my deepest fears, and having a school where friends turn into a family will be amazing. The good conquering the evil and making my readers relate themselves to the characters are a must, too. Let’s go!”

The next thing she does is wonder what genre would help her do this exact thing.

“Ah, this will be amazing if I made it a Science Fiction story. A school controlled by robots, and a robot apocalypse which is defeated by humans by their intelligence and strategies. But wait, what about magic? Oh yes, this story could be based in future and thus science has made man able to do magic. But then what about readers relating themselves to my characters? Obviously the future won’t be completely same to our current world. Bah! This is so much to do. I’ll drop the idea.”

Well, that isn’t what she did though, since she came back to her desk and thought harder.

“Okay, if I want magic in my story then how about making it a fantasy? And if I want to make my readers relate to the characters, then why shouldn’t I make the story based on the current period. Well, to add to their amusement I’ll completely base the story on a world that runs parallel to us! Yes, I’ll make my own world and I’ll connect it to the world of humans. How amazing would that be? Let’s get started with the Fantasy that has no bounds to stop my imagination! Yay!”

And friends, that’s how Harry Potter was born.(Just an illustration.)

It applies the same to other genres, for example: If you want your story to revolve around a crime you could make it a Murder/Crime Thriller and add other attributes to it. Which means, whatever genre you choose doesn’t mean that your story has everything based only in that genre. This brings me to the next point—

Conceptualizing the story

After deciding the main genre of the story, you’ve to decide what suitable sub-genres can be added. Sub-genres are the Moon to your Earth(main genre). An example of a sub-genre is adding a little bit of Romance/Love Story in a book that comes under the genre: Horror.

The one thing you should take care about, however, is that these sub-genres don’t over shadow your main genre. When you pluck out these genres and sub-genres from your mind, a perfect idea of what your story is would start to develop. But that’s not where you actually start to write, since your story doesn’t have a plot. Well, not yet!
More about developing a plot and sequencing it would be explain in next week’s tip: Sequencing the Plot.

Stay tuned!


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