Writers on Writing: A Masterclass

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Are you someone who loves stories? Reading them, writing them? Or perhaps, knowing how they are written well? If you do, then this ‘masterclass’ is just for you!

There is an exciting moment in Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland when, in the king’s court, the White Rabbit is ordered to read a document, and the White Rabbit, confused, says: “Where shall I begin, please your Majesty?” The Majesty replies, quite gravely: “Begin at the beginning and go on till you come to the end: then stop.”

The advice from the king might seem simple at the start: that’s how one is supposed to tell a story, isn’t it? To begin at the beginning and end at the end! But between the beginning and the ending there hangs a tale, a world that demands excruciating efforts to come alive. There are millions of selections involved – choice of words, imageries, metaphors, twists and turns – that have the power to either make the writing leap out from the page and enthral the reader or to lull out the reader’s attention and make him or her close the book!

It takes a master to get the writing wonderfully right, and the authors listed below have dazzled generations with their words. Here are eight masterful advice from some of the greatest writers!

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Feeling inspired to take out on a page? Or swelling with admiration for the wordsmiths?

If you also have writing tips or advice that work for you, do share as comments!

The Penguin India Blog

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