Think about setting a daily or weekly target for yourself. You may have already heard about the “10,000-hour rule” which Malcolm Gladwell wrote about in his popular book, “The Outliers,” where he states that “Ten thousand hours is the magic number of greatness”. This basically alludes to the fact that even though practice may notContinue reading “Lessons of a Writer #2”
Written by Nabeela Ahmed When you begin writing fiction, especially if it is contemporary fiction, you keep worrying that people will think all of it is your personal experience and judge you. In 2018 I often stopped writing a scene as I worried that people would say that’s not a Muslim thing to do orContinue reading “Lessons of a writer #1”
Hello, it’s Nazira at the keyboard today. I have a little bit of a thing for found poems, new works that are created – or collated, compiled, curated, if you prefer – from that which already exists. This found poem, called ‘We Are…’, is drawn from across the ‘7 Question’ blog series with our membersContinue reading “Found-Poem Friday”
This week we get to know a little bit more about the prolific flash fiction writer and editor, Anita Goveas! Her answers are a lesson in brevity and the consequence of cutting down word count in order to deliver a powerful punch. *** 1. Pitch yourself as a writer in seven words. A blend ofContinue reading “Meet 1/7th of The Koyal Writers, Anita Goveas”
Hello there dear readers! This week we are getting closely acquainted with Nabeela Ahmed. Nabeela is a firecracker of creativity, both in terms of producing her own work and in fostering artistry in her community and further afield! Step into her world of stories, poetry and magic… 1. Pitch yourself as a writer in sevenContinue reading “Meet 1/7th of the Koyal Writers, Nabeela Ahmed”
Welcome back dear readers! We are now on to Sujana Crawford’s seven questions. She shares with us how her favourite books and life experience have shaped the art she creates and made her the woman she is today. *** 1. Pitch yourself as a writer in seven words. Stories that spotlight what is brushed aside.Continue reading “Meet 1/7th of The Koyal Writers, Sujana Crawford”
Hello dear readers and welcome to the next 1/7 Koyal interviews! This week we have Mala Schneider in the hot seat, giving us a look into her identity and thoughts as a writer. Sharing thoughtful reflections and taking us across the globe with her bookshelf faves, we get a real insight into a brilliant mind!Continue reading “Meet 1/7 of The Koyal Writers, Mala Schneider”
Hello dear readers! ***We interrupt your regular scheduled updates of Koyal interviews to announce some exciting news*** Last Monday, the Fox and Windmills writing competition longlist was published and we were delighted to see not one, but two Koyals had made the cut! Both Sujana Crawford for poetry, and Sarah M Jasat for prose, haveContinue reading “Shortlist Announcement”
Hello dear readers, we hope this entry finds you well. Congratulations on making it through another January! This week we have our introductory interview questions with Nazira. We take a deep dive into her creative brain by snooping on her bookshelf and she spoils us with not one, but two seven word stories! Enjoy! TranscriptContinue reading “Meet 1/7 of The Koyal Writers, Nazira Vania”
Good morning dear readers! As January stays cold and grey, we hope today’s blog will give you a bit of brightness and maybe even a burst of inspiration! Today we are getting to know Koyal writer, Sidra Ansari and the many writer hats she wears! In this video she will answer our seven introductory questions.Continue reading “Meet 1/7th of The Koyal Writers, Sidra Ansari”
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