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Better than All Happy Ever Afters

In Anu Lal, Books on January 24, 2016 at 11:47 am

Better than All Happy Ever Afters

This season is emotional. I heard a young man commit suicide at a university. They say he was murdered by the authorities. Some say murder was a figure of speech. I think both are right. I have only one solution-Love. To love the victim and the victimiser. How can I love the victimiser? I think I can. We all love ourselves, don’t we? Have we not victimised another individual, at least once in a lifetime?

A few of my friends and I were in a very important work these days. We have come out with a wonderful message. This message is that of love. Today, we would like to inaugurate the Facebook page for this great message:

BETTER THAN ALL HAPPY EVER AFTERS

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Stay in Love,

Anu Lal

Bestselling author of You Should Know How I Feel

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MOUNT SERMON: ON SALE NOW!

In Anu Lal, Mount Sermon on September 12, 2015 at 8:09 am

“Anu Lal, has done it again! A new Salman Rushdie in the making!”
___Siggy Buckley
Author, Next Time Lucky

 

Dear all,

The moment of childbirth, to see the graceful face of that new born, is one in a lifetime occasion. What I feel right now is not less than that. I am joyous to announce that my fifth book, Mount Sermon has been released in Amazon Kindle Store, as expected.

Here is the link for the book page: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B015923JX8

“In harmony with the fantasy-sating landscape of Cannanore and some of the characters from Wall of Colours and Other Stories – the first part of the trilogy, “Hope, Vengeance and History”, the author’s newly-cast storytellers and listeners of the written word entice their reading audience into an almost physical interaction from this book’s onset as well.”

__hülya n. yılmaz (Ph.D.) author, Trance (a tri-lingual book of poetry), senior lecturer, The Pennsylvania State University.

I hope you enjoy Mount Sermon and post your reviews Amazon and Goodreads.com.

Thank you for your continued support for my writing ventures.

God Bless you.

Anu Lal

Author, Mount Sermon.

PRAISES FOR MOUNT SERMON:

“Anu Lal’s stories have the breath of ancient storytellers, the wisdom of old days, and the immediacy of our contemporary age.”

___Irina Serban
Author, Hiding the Moon

“Author Anu Lal cleverly explores the psyche of his characters and analyzes the fine line between imagination and insanity while teaching us the strange relationships that exist between the characters and their environment,”
___Lena Winfrey Seder.
Author, The Metamorphosis of a Muslim – Autobiography of my Conversion

Motivation for the Writer in You

In Anu Lal, Writing Solutions on July 6, 2014 at 5:53 pm
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 What makes the writer in you smile? The money involved in the writing business or the chance to serve humanity through the words you write? I know the money part doesn’t hurt the majority of us, but by any standard very difficult to come by on reliable amounts, doing writing as a day job. So what is your motivation for staying in this profession?

 Bestsellers and Moneymaking:

Ray Bradbury, author of Fahrenheit 451, in one of his writing tips suggests that one should not fix one’s attention on moneymaking while plodding through the journey of being a writer. However, with success stories like Hugh Howey and Amanda Hocking flying around in the media around us, none of the wannabie writers would possibly prefer to feign ignorance towards the “money-making” aspect of writing. This, indeed, is the catch in being an indie publisher. I hope the people in BW Publishing wouldn’t disagree with me. If they do, you wouldn’t be reading this piece right now. If you are reading this part, believe me, they are a bunch of very nice people, kind and all. But each time a writer attempts self-publishing, those few glittering names might serve a tantalizing example for them to try it out at least once. This is the same reason why when my second book, You Should Know How I Feel, went into Amazon’s top-hundred bestselling contemporary romance list, I couldn’t sleep the whole night. I was excited, of course.

 Being a bestselling author is not as financially liberating experience as winning a lottery. It takes time before you make awesome lots of money. Being a bestseller currently, is a responsibility than anything else. It is a status quo, according to which people expect you to act, at least in your future writing endeavors. In that sense, it gives the writer a definite advantage. There is both visibility and a chance to look at oneself with confidence. Seeing one’s book in the bestseller list, of course raises one’s confidence levels. However, as I mentioned, it is not easy to earn a living by writing bestsellers any longer. One must keep a day job in order to experiment with a dream like ‘being a writer’. It is an experiment basically, which you are sure to win. But it also depends on how you define ‘victory’.

 This is where Mr. Bradbury’s words help us. If a writer’s focus is awards, and if one fails to secure a position in a prestigious short list for a great award, the writer fails. If a writer’s focus is on bestseller lists and money, and if one fails to make that happen in the expected attempt, the writer fails inevitably, again. The choice is simple; do you wish to be a failure in selling or a failure in writing?

If you wish to avoid being the latter, your focus should be on writing, not on selling. It is an extremely workable tactics, which most of us in the kindle-era are yet to trust. Cover design and marketing are important factors in publishing a book. However, the most important element that makes a book is its ‘life force’, the content. Much like human beings, every book has its own life force, its own soul. It is to tend and nourish the content, its soul every writer must strive each moment. This puts upon the writer the added responsibility to play God with the story. Like the invisible Creative Source of the universe and the way it tends and nourishes the human spirit, a writer must feed the content of every book with love and grace.

 Faith plays a crucial role in this attempt. I am sure every writer reading this article would be wondering where I am driving at with these spiritual interpretations for the art of writing. I would suggest that there is an added advantage to this perspective. If, as a writer your focus is on good writing and strong content, each attempt will take you a little up the ladder to the fulfillment of your dream. When you armor yourself with this perspective, you abandon the risk of trailing off in this bestselling list or that. This doesn’t mean I am belittling the importance of bestsellers. Instead, I am stressing the importance of providing quality content irrespective of your place in the list. Being noticed is just the side effect. After each work, your expertise as a writer will grow and so will your authenticity. But this could happen only if you would spend your energies in the perfecting of your craft and not over worries on acceptance by the populace.

 What others think of your craft should not be the marker of your success. If it were, you would never be able to make it big, for every bestseller-performance invites attention. The more attention, the more criticism. In fact, practicing the art with unshared attention of the author would be a definite upper hand in your life in the post-bestseller period. You would be unaffected with negative or positive criticisms by others and be a writer with a steady growth if you follow your inner call rather than what this critic or that critic thinks. Thanks to the spiritual perspective. This would work in your favor once you start mounting the stairs of success.

 Service and the Spirituality of Writing:

At this level, it must sound like a mission. The central concept of our discussion is writers’ motivation. Should it be money or the craft itself? We have already seen that giving too much importance to money and rank could jeopardize the very life force of your work, the craft, and this increases the risk of failure as a writer. Instead, if one spares undivided attention at the Glorification of Craft, there is a win-win situation in store for the writer. You will know each time that you are learning something important in terms of ‘how to tell a better story’.

 This is where one comes across the duality of reader and writer, because you are “telling something”. In order to tell something, you need someone across you to listen. However, the motivated writer should be in harmony with the Constant Reader, a terminology popularized by Stephen King, and not the money they are receiving as royalty. Storytelling and writing in general are acts that involve the undeniable dualism of the reader and the writer. This makes it a writer’s duty to give back one’s best to the Constant Reader. Giving the readers a treat with the best content, you could involve in the creative process without thinking about rewards.

 Rewards, you should take for granted, for they in a dedicated writer’s life make themselves bountifully present. Dedicating one’s craft to the service of humanity in taking the reader away into another world for escape or to impart a new idea into their minds, is a useful pretext to work regardless of the monetary reward. This is a set of regular exercise, which can help writers achieve the Glorification of Craft.

 Giving away books free, without any additional cost is an advantage of electronic publishing and a positive, selfless gesture towards the reading community. With Amazon Kindle’s Free Book Promotion tools, it’s even easier for indie authors to chose when and which book they would like to give away free of cost. From July 5 to 7, the Kindle version of my blog The Indian Commentator with a special authors’ note is available free. Because my readers have given me so much support through BW Publishing and through Amazon’s sales channels, I consider this my thanksgiving gesture, to return something back to them. Art always attains higher meaning through service.

 Free e-books are generally a marketing strategy that many traditional publishers are reluctant to take. However, when I suggested the idea, BW Publishing was very impressed and was ready to make a kindle version of my blog. They did it with impressive quality. There is no revenue intention behind this attempt. I thank my publisher for extending this warm gesture of friendship and service not just towards me but also to all the clan of my readers.

 What gives me real joy is not the number of bestselling charts this book is climbing currently, but the fact that I am giving something back to the reading community, free of any financial burden. Moreover, I am receiving the satisfaction and contentment that I envisioned through the practicing of the spiritual perspective of writing or the viewing of writing as “tending of the life force” of the creative work. These are rituals that can ground the writer in writing for higher levels of excellence rather than superfluous gains.

With love,

ANU LAL

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In Anu Lal, Books, Dhanya Krishna, Wall of Colours, You Should Know How I Feel... on March 23, 2014 at 7:23 am

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Anu Lal, the first Indian author to write a trilogy in short story collects is all set to conquer the world with his fresh and lyrical story telling style. His language conquers and charms the readers’ minds. Through You Should Know How I Feel… he is introducing Dhanya Krishna, a very talented writer, as his co-author.

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What Type Are You?

In Writing Solutions on October 27, 2013 at 2:03 pm
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The first part of the book is titled ‘The Extrovert Ideal’. As I plodded through Part One, I felt more drawn towards the tactics and means employed in order to equip people to be better public speakers and team leaders.

The idea that if you can talk unhesitant and on a short notice, your presence would claim a considerable authority. People like fast talkers and enthusiastic go-getters. The down side, of course, is that those who feel uncomfortable about talking aloud in classrooms or in public gathering would be marginalized.

Susan Cain’s bestselling nonfiction, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking hooked me with its subheading.The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking” is the central discourse of the book. That explains why I found Quiet interesting.

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Ever since, I started attending school, no one ever found me in the school sports or arts festivals. Once, when I was forced to participate in an oratory, I stopped the speech in the middle and realized if I stayed on the stage a moment more, I would faint. Those were great lessons of human psyche to me, first hand of course, that people faint when faced with extreme stress.

In sports, thankfully, I never qualified the initial qualifying levels. Although I was athletic enough, a certain lack of inertia held my limbs tighter than how the tar holds the roads in Kerala.

I knew what my problem was. Someone had informed me. Perhaps, one of my parents, that I am an introvert. It sounded like ‘caveman’, for the ten year old that I was. Someone told me, when I was reluctant to go out to play with other kids that I should not behave like an introvert. That is bad, they said. ‘Bad’ meant dirty, unacceptable, secretive, and this might lead me to delinquency, they warned me.

I had thought that introversion was something like a habit, then. I did not know where I picked it up, though. Anyway, the next best thing was to ‘improve’ my personality. That’s when an individual begins the incessant struggles to fit in. Everyone who lives in such a social set up must have realized where I am driving at.

From her introduction onwards, Susan Cain drives towards the same direction. In Part One, however, what fascinated me was how a culture has found out the measures for an individual to stand out and lead. This was what I was talking about in the first paragraph.

Yes, indeed, this is the quest for purification of personality, in order to attain some sort of outgoing persona. This desire governed much of my childhood. I also suspect that my increased curiosity about how to be an influential person with spoken word has to do with the profession I handle as my day job—teaching.

I meet students who are on the extrovert side, mostly, and others who are introverts. I also find ambiverts in class, a term I learnt from Susan Cain’s book. Part One of Quiet follows the history of how American culture changed from the “Culture of Character” to the “Culture of Personality”.

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Courtesy: Google Images

It is impossible for me to go back to that memory and think about myself standing in front of those many people at my school, in that public speaking competition. Although I had memorized all my speech thoroughly, the pressure was so much that I could not keep track of it at all. My dad had written that speech. I felt I let him down. I really did.

I still remember, in another speech, which was conducted exclusively in classroom, asking my family if I could pitch an idea all by myself, right on the spot, as if it is a reply or supplementation of the previous speaker’s words. Countering, arguing, and being spontaneous to the moment seemed fun. Remember, the same scared owl dropped the platter in the middle of the speech, the previous time. However, my family told me not to attempt this bravado at this point. Later in my life, I realized that I was a better public speaker, if I were spontaneous. Being an introvert, I had figured out to tackle the issue of forgetting the words I memorized and building confidence in front of the public, though I never really got a real chance as a kid to practice this.

Quiet will let you know about yourself or at least what type of person you live with, in a skillfully nonjudgmental way.

Review Courtesy: TIC

How to Handle the Fear to Write

In Writing Solutions on September 4, 2013 at 10:04 am
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Oh my God! I desperately wanted to finish that story. Look! I have abandoned it. I had been working on it for the past one month. It’s been six weeks since I haven’t touched it. Would I be able to resume it? How could I do justice to the story, now, after such a long time of discontinuation? I do have some notes made from the times, while I worked on the stuff. I do not think those notes are of any help, anymore, though.

It is clear to me how vague the classification of writers would be if I categorized them based on such feelings as above. A writer, at almost all stages of his or her growth feels this way. Most of those super-successful writers may not experience it the same way, because they have the ability to pursue writing without bothering much about another day-job, but apparently have other issues that affect them the same way.

If writing gives a person immense pleasure or joy, and the person is forced to work in a bakery in order to make a living, the resulting conflict could damage the mental equilibrium of that person. Those person(s) who have no aptitude for working in a bakery, when forced to compromise their psychological ecosystem with the sophistication of an altogether different system of things, creative writing suffers. This is when one feels; “Oh my God! I desperately wanted to finish that story. Look! I have abandoned it.”

The fear for being not able to do justice to one’s work of a lifetime deserves wise handling. If not, it will consume the writer, wholly. The totality of all fears has their common grounding in the unknown. In the case of the above-mentioned writer, (let us call him Paul) the unknown part is the quality of his work. Paul does not know and fears this fact: how would it all turn out to be. How could I do justice to the story, now, after such a long time of discontinuation?

In order to undo the fear of the unknown, the simplest method can be the Jungian concept of assimilation of psychic realities. Carl Gustav Jung (1875–1961) was a German psychoanalyst, whose groundbreaking theories on human mind, guided the world into a modern-renaissance. He argues about a specific course of action through which a human being can bring out the contents of his unconscious and experience it in the conscious level in order to alleviate the pressure from the unconscious side.

This same method is useful in undoing the fear for the unknown in Paul’s case. If Paul is uncertain of the results his work could bring him after a considerable gap in the process of writing, he should first, look at the results. There is only one way he can get the result—by completing the work. Paul just needs some gut feeling to cross the initial fear.

If one is stuck with the fear of how the work would turn out to be, the possibility of writing a book or a story is obliterated entirely. It is up to you to take that step courageously. Your work deserves to be born, simply because you have such strong feeling for it. Let your fears not obligate the stopping of your creative work.

Say Open Sesame!

In Working Freelance on October 7, 2012 at 1:50 pm

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Whatever the work of words you completed, with relentless labour of words and fuming brainwork, the first draft always sucks. Your work might at sometimes fails to meet the height of expectations you kept for yourself.  It is a universal truth and little less true in any writer’s case —experienced or not.

Practice appreciation, once you finished your write up, short story, poem, lyric, novel, non-fiction, creative non-fiction or literary fan-fiction or parody.

Only if you are ready to accept yourself, someone else will accept you. Self-admiration is the key to mould your artist’s personality and to glue it up tight.

Look back and appreciate what you did in your first draft. The major issue most of the beginners come up with is the diffidence that infests them when they go back and read the article or story they have just finished. Reason—what if the first draft read vulgar?

The inspiration to write a piece would have given you a certain pleasure, feeling good about what you did with those words in the word processor is an act of extending that pleasure.

You must read the above paragraph one more time if the word ‘feeling’ did not sit well with your understanding. It could just be the wellness that you might feel after banging out those 2000 plus words a day, or less, often. The ‘feel’ could just be the contentment in what you did. This feeling drives away the darkness of hard times and restrictions in the writer’s life, in his journey of becoming.

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You are in a journey to see the day, when your words go around the world and bring you daily bread. This journey requires the fuel of self appreciation. It should not of course verge extreme self-centeredness. That will be less short of blindness. On the other hand, taking the balanced act of appreciating one’s own work helps a writer work her way through hard times.

Self appreciation can make a considerable difference in a writer’s life. This is the door towards a successful writing career that we all often forget to keep open. Say it: “Open sesame!”