What I’ve been reading – March’20 edition

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Before I embark on the list of books that have successfully flown off my TBR pile, I am thrilled to report the publication of a new short story of mine – We Were Apart in Revolute Lit Issue 1. Please do read and let me know what you think!

Over the last month or so, I’ve blazed through books that I’ve wanted to read for a while, including one this time by a friend of mine!

You Beneath your Skin by Damyanti Biswas

Written by an author-friend, this is a book of literary crime that focuses on acid attack victims. I’ve known Damyanti for a long time via her fabulous blog. Any book written by her I knew would be brilliant, and true to form she didn’t disappoint. I read this in two days flat, eager to get to the end and uncover the mystery of who was killing and disfiguring women in New Delhi. I will not say more for I fear I will inadvertently reveal spoilers. But I can say this – read this quick!

Save the Cat by Blake Snyder

I had come to know of this helpful guide for screenwriters, and read it as it introduces the ‘Beat Sheet’. Though it is geared towards people writing scripts for movies, the concept is useful for novelists as well. I haven’t finished this book yet, but I must say it’s a quick and informative read.

A Life of Adventure and Delight by Akhil Sharma

Akhil Sharma is an accomplished novelist and short story writer, and since I write lots of short stories, I thought this would be a great addition to my learning. I just started reading this, finished one story and loving it so far.

250 Things you should know about Writing by Chuck Wendig

Chuck Wendig often writes blog posts about writing that are profanity-filled but funny and informative at the same time. This book is a compilation of all the posts he has penned on the various aspects of writing. It’s one I wade into every now and then, and every time it fires me up to get started writing!

Apart from all this I’m still dipping into The Creativity Book: A Year’s Worth of Inspiration and Guidance by Eric Maisel, which lists a series of exercises to be done every week.

What are you all reading? Any good books you can recommend? Do share in the comments below!

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