My name is Astha, and welcome to my blog. I have always loved stories: reading them, imagining them, writing them. This is where I am going to share all the stories I write.

Writing is a skill, that needs to be studied and practiced, that requires time and patience. Here you will find my thoughts on the craft of storytelling, as well as resources that might help you as they have helped me.

So sit back, relax, and enjoy.


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Short Stories

Short stories can often lead to big headaches, because one has to set up the story and follow it to the payoff in one long swoop. Unlike a novella, a short story gives you no second chances to clear things up later on, in some other chapter.

“A short story is a love affair, a novel is a marriage. A short story is a photograph; a novel is a film.”

– Lorrie Moore

Warm hugs,

Unnatural Love?

The graveyard is empty except for him.

“I wanted to come before,” said the young man. He desperately hopes he is being heard.

Flitting Innocence

A short story about an unfortunate little boy whose curiosity gets him in trouble. Please be warned that this story is not meant for children, and can be jarring to read.

The Day I Died

Rainstorms make me uncomfortable. I hate and fear them, fear the guilt they make me feel.


Trigger warning for graphic thoughts about suicide.

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Writing Resources

Like any other skill, the craft of storytelling needs to be studied and honed over time. There are some great resources out there, from YouTube videos to creative writing books, that I use often. There is a lot to be learned in this industry, specially with the dwindling attention spans of readers used to instant gratification.

There are a lot of ways in which a writer can improve his craft, and from now on I shall use this page to streamline all the posts where I rant about amazing resources that can help you understand storytelling and the art of engaging readers.

Warm hugs,


Free Printables for NaNoWriMo 2017

Includes a calendar that tells you what your word count should be on any given day, a questionnaire for your story, and a page for taking notes.

Top 5 Practical Tips For Newbies From a NaNoWriMo Veteran (+Free Printables)

It’s that time of the year again, when the crisp autumn winds signal the arrival of NaNoWriMo.

[Video] Craft of Story: How to make readers give a damn about your story

It is tough to figure out a way to make your readers care about your story. Why should they care about a make-believe person facing fake problems in a fictious world?

There are several ways to make sure they do. This video explores the first of many such reasons, and I hope you like it.

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Well hello there! Thank you so much for taking the time to reach out to me. Tell me what you think and I will reply soon.

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