Title: Kissing The Demon
Author: Amrita Kumar
Publisher: Harper Collins India
What got things going for me while reading the initial pages of ‘Kissing the Demon’ was Amrita Kumar’s verdict: “…. writers are born and made, that talent can be innate and developed.” What I inferred from this is that one can polish one’s craft and hone the skills to go on to become a good writer. It sat well with the aspiring author within me.
A longtime writing teacher/mentor, Amrita shares her approach to developing creative writing skills in ‘Kissing the Demon.’ She has infused all her creative interests into this work. If you are planning to write a book then you should most certainly grab this one to channelize your literary prowess better and in an orderly fashion.
This book has five chapters. Each chapter breaks into subsections tackling smaller topics, with many examples and checklists to keep the information organized and to aid the readers understand better the workings of that which goes into developing a quality work. It helps to navigate the maze of plot construction, narrative viewpoint, character development, dialogue creation, and description.
This book is an effective — and affecting — first read to call forth the writer’s voice. There are several books out in the market with related material. What sets this book apart from the milieu is that it specifically targets the Indian scenario. While Amrita’s approach has plenty of New-Age flavor, it’s also her pedagogical belief which helps one learn to write through a process of observing experiences and then expressing the same in the written form. Through this book, she has attempted to break the process of writing down into as replicable a craft as possible.
All aspiring scribblers, who want to quickly absorb the fundamentals of writing and getting published, will find ‘Kissing the Demon’ to be a concise manual. An orderly, no-frills guide to the craft of fiction as well as non-fiction writing — a must have for all those out there dreaming to be successful writers.
About the Author
Amrita Kumar is an anthologist, novelist, writing-mentor and creative writing teacher. She began her career in the godowns of Daryaganj to select books for a chain of bookshops, moving on as research writer for the Department of Culture, Government of India, then on to publishing as associate editor, Penguin India; editor-in-chief, Roli Books; managing editor, Encyclopedia Britannica; editor, Indian Design & Interiors magazine; and vice-president, Osian s Literary Agency. In addition, she has freelanced for Rupa & Co., HarperCollins India and Oxford University Press. She lives in New Delhi.
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