Having written and published 20+ short stories since 2016, I can say, with absolute conviction, that there is no single, universal process to how a short story comes together. [...] So, while I've not developed any single blueprint for writing short stories, what I have found is a somewhat consistent pattern in the phases I go through. Here they are (and some of this is, I confess, with tongue firmly in cheek):
This year's Jaipur Literary Festival was as large as ever. Meaning: it was the largest-ever gathering of people from all around the world to discuss books, current affairs, and politics (because Indian literary festivals are never free of that.). And, while I haven't written a summary of my favorite panels like last year (read JLF 2018) I was invited to participate in two events. One was on literary translation and the other was on literary criticism. A few details follow.
We are at the end of another annual series here. For each month of this year, we've picked a theme for daily journal prompts and, even if you haven't followed along this year, you can always do so when you choose. The themes have been varied -- themes like age/time, memory, vacations, seasons, language, books, productivity, technology, relationships, and more. In this last month, let's go back to each of the previous months, revisit what we wrote, and pick the two or three prompts we'd like to "do over."