Archive for May 3rd, 2008

Yippee! Advance copies should be out anytime now. From then on it will be another 2-3 weeks before Kkrishnaa’s Konfessions hits bookstores.

Meanwhile I’m stumbling along with my next one, tentatively titled Bindaas Babe goes to Bollywood (BBB) for now. I love doing this. I love alliterations and am constantly on the lookout for new fun ones. I also love metaphors and similes and enjoy inventing them.

Currently I am exploring the characters who will play prominent and cameo parts in BBB. I haven’t yet got a handle on them completely but that’s part of the fun. You discover as you lurch along. Or, if you prefer, get into their skin as I progress. Right now they are still sketches I had outlined on paper.

All I really want from them is to add fun and element of unpredictability. Even though I know how the book ends, someone has to provide the extra layers. Or the stimulus to the protagonist, tentaively christened, Bindu (how imgainative) to reveal hers.

BBB, like Kkrishnaa’s Konfessions, is not the Kite Runner which is a straightforward story, simply told. The writer does not bother to add layers. Perhaps he does not trust that he can handle subtleties of a more complex narrative. In which case it is a good thing. Whenever in doubt follow the K.I.S.S. principle – keep it simple stupid.

So all that I really am looking to do is build characters with traits that have the potential to chafe against Bindu’s (or anyone else’s in the story) and provide conflict. So even if you know right away that a character is lying, you don’t know why? Is he guilty of the crime? Or does he simply hate the person asking him? It is a wonderful tool to keep up the suspense and hold reader interest.

So whenever you begin writing and outline your characters, always think of characteristics that are diametrically opposite to others’. Even simple ones work. For instance, one person could be sloppy and the other, a cleanliness freak. There is potential for explosive conflict there. If left alone together for any length of time they are likely to take a hatchet to each other. Or find a way to make their cohabitation work! You see, that’s the fun of it. You never know what’s going to happen.








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