Revealing ‘Uncharted’

I announced previously that I wrote fiction and that I would be sharing it soon. Looks like the time has come. But, before I share the link with you, I’d like you to take you through my journey.

Process: Writing the story was a spur of the moment decision; motivation for which I mentioned in my previous post. But, when I actually put the pen on paper or in this case, finger on the keyboard, words were difficult to come by. I had a few scenes loosely constructed in my mind and nothing else. I could write those scenes first and think about the others, but, I didn’t want to do that. So, I let the scenes run in my mind where they kept churning. In the meantime I researched on the background of the story, facts, history on the internet. With this new information in place, a few more plot points started taking shape. Then it was deciding between first or third person. First person view point would make the journey more intimate, but, I felt this story demanded a third person view point as there were a few scenes which needed description. With this, I started writing the first chapter. I knew the story would be short because I was not going to stick to character developments or descriptions in this book, all I was aiming for was an entertaining story. As I started writing, dialogues (which I tried to keep as realistic to the characters as possible) quickly took precedence over the plot moving the story forward. Half way through the book I stopped writing because I didn’t know how to take the story forward — there were plot loop holes I was not sure how to bridge. I did not revisit the story in my mind for a few days deliberately occupying myself in other work. After a few days I sat back to write and things started to come together. In the absence of deadlines/pressure my mind had somehow worked things out. I could now bridge one scene to another till the end. In a few days time the story was complete. But, this was only my first draft. A lot of rewriting lay ahead.

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Announcement: I wrote fiction

Over the last one and half a month I’ve been silent on my blog, I haven’t posted anything. But, I had not given up on writing. In fact, on a whim I started to write fiction. A project which started as a short story soon turned out into an eleven thousand worded novella. But, why did I write fiction in the first place? If you remember I started to write this blog as a test – to see if I have the discipline, drive to take on more writing projects – fiction being one of them, and finally one day I took the plunge. As a kid I enjoyed Chandamama Kathalu, Kaasi Magili Kathalu sitting on the lap of my grandfather. The promise of adventure in those stories was one motivating factor for me to start reading. As I grew up and picked fiction – mysteries, classics, drama, pulp fiction – I still missed adventure. Other than Sherlock Holmes whodunits & Robert Louis Stevenson’s adventures, nothing came close. But, it was with ‘Da Vinci Code’ that I found adventure again. The book seemed to have invented a new genre all together because suddenly the local bookshop’s aisles were filled with similar titles. I don’t want to know how much of that book was true or how much of it was false, all I knew was that it held my attention, and took me on a journey filled with puzzles, cryptograms, danger & history. I loved it. Soon, I followed it with Dan Brown’s other books and then with Sigma Series of James Rollins, Jones & Payne stories of Chris Kuzneski and with Steve Berry’s Cotton Malone. Cheap, trashy books? Say what you will, these books satiated my hunger.

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Existing on two planes

How to pay the credit card bill next month? How do I get that promotion? How can I afford that house? How to patch up with my manager? Where should I travel with my partner? We are all plagued with these kind of questions every day. We all worry about bills, success, future – a level where we are concerned with day to day living, about gaining material goods, about social status, about mending or forging relationships, about day to day existence, about finding happiness & comfort. This is one plane of our existence. But, we do think a lot more than these materialistic questions; we ask a lot of existential questions too – who am I? why do I get up in the morning? why should I do what I do? why is there so much suffering in life? is comfort & luxury the ultimate goal of life? or is it god? if he/she/it is, then why god? What is truth? Why truth? How can I help others out of pain, etc. another level, which according to me is the second plane.

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A Broke Person’s Guide to Money Management

Why me? in the whole world to talk about money? Simple – because I’ve driven myself to financial hell. I am the best bad example you can parade around. The guy you should not emulate. Over the last 4/5 years when I actually started to sober up and see through my expenses, I understood money management is not just about where to invest, but a lot about our personalities. What money means to each of us is different and subsequently the way we use it. So, it is important to understand ourselves and our inadequacies to understand why we spend in the way we spend. I’ve noticed how people around me spend money and tried to understand why they spend so trying to label them for fun. The list is limited (with no intention of hurting anyone) and not exhaustive. But, I’m sure we may recognize ourselves, our partners, families & friends in this.

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Character Vs. Personality

What we believe-in, what we are, what we do, what we love, what we feel when we are alone form our character. However, for various reason, we may not showcase our likes/dislikes before others. Our desire to fit-in, to gel well, to be accepted by others pushes us to feign interest in stuff we don’t like or hate what we like – often projecting a different persona by wearing a mask over our true character and show others a different ‘us’ altogether. But, the less the gap between our personality and character, the less we have to lie & deceive and the more at peace and less in conflict with ourselves. The more the gap, the more the chances for a split personality disorder (pun intended). But, the fact remains that we all have a character and personality and sometimes, they are at odd with each other.
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