The Library

Come here and browse through useful resources for writers (do suggest other resources to be posted here), and if you are running a page on writing or literature - please send in a link for your website.

 

This cult superstar science fiction writer has created extremely useful (and free!) software for all writers. The yWriter software is an amazingly good word processor for novel writing, and this fantastic person has also designed other handy things like submission trackers and a book database software (to organize your personal library). The website also has useful articles and links for authors.

http://www.spacejock.com/yWriter5.html?yWriter5

 

Friendly website by a crime writer who is writing a series of novels set in Bangkok. Provides a sympathetic guide – freely downloadable online – on how to get to the end of your novel (that is, the novel you’re trying to write, not the one you’re trying to read), plus suggestions on useful reading matter.

http://www.timothyhallinan.com


I've discovered that all the best writers have one thing in common - namely websites and blogs for easy access to their hidden dimensions. The without doubt greatest writer of all time, Amitav Ghosh, has a Goan-made very potent website:

http://www.amitavghosh.com/

Here's the website of the great literary showman Amitava Kumar:

http://www.amitavakumar.com/

Blog by book critic Sudarshan Purohit who also translates Hindi pulp fiction into English:

http://connectionmachine.blogspot.com

The best new thriller writer on the scene, Eshwar Sundaresan:

http://eshwarsundaresan.com/

The ace cyber prophet Jai Arjun Singh's famous original blog:

http://jaiarjun.blogspot.com/

This features the undiluted thoughts of Manjula Padmanabhan:

http://www.marginalien.blogspot.com/

The pundit of pundits Chandrahas Choudhury explains the nitty and the gritty of literature:

http://middlestage.blogspot.com/

The scholarly star Ramachandra Guha's online edition provides you with your historical nourishment here:

http://ramachandraguha.in/

Sci-fi and such from Rimi B. Chatterjee:

http://rimibchatterjee.net/livelikeaflame/

And last but not least the superhero of genre fiction, the venerable Samit Basu himself:

http://samitbasu.com/


Now then for something completely different. On this website by writer Torkel Wächter you can see his next novel take shape – follow his research and possibly even contribute with missing bits and pieces.

 http://www.32postkarten.com/index.html

 



Not exactly a ”Learn how to write Detective Novels”-handbook, but my published writings on Crime Fiction may serve as an inspiration – at least I try to come out of the closet here and suggest what I (as a writer and reviewer) think works, and what doesn’t work (according to me). These things are subjective and disputable, but on the other hand we must never forget that our readers are subjective and argumentative too.

  • The Criminal Mind on Saturday, January 8, 2011: The counterfactual possibilities of crime fiction
      • The Criminal Mind on Saturday, February 19, 2011: A walk-in encyclopedia of real-life crime-fighting
        • Deccan Herald Sunday Review: The horrors of terror
          • The must read crime novel list
          • The Criminal Mind on Saturday, April 2, 2011: The therapeutical uses of crime fiction
          • The Criminal Mind on Saturday, April 30, 2011: The facts about facts in crime fiction
          • The Criminal Mind on Saturday, June 24, 2011: The best crooks in the world of fiction
          • The Caravan, October 2011: How Agatha Christie became Agatha Christie
          • The Criminal Mind on Saturday, September 2, 2011: Shopping for Detective Novels in South India
          • The Criminal Mind on Saturday, August 20, 2011: The generation gap in Crime Fiction
          • The Criminal Mind on Saturday, September 2, 2011: Shopping for Detective Novels in South India
          • The Caravan, October 2011: How Agatha Christie became Agatha Christie
            • The Criminal Mind on Saturday, March 10, 2012: How much violence is too much?
            • The Criminal Mind on Saturday, May 26, 2012: The Curse of the East
            • The Criminal Mind on Saturday, September 8, 2012: The Indian Crime Novel
            • The Criminal Mind on Saturday, September 22, 2012: Hans Koppel, the New Face of Swedish Crime Fiction
            • The Criminal Mind on Saturday, October 27, 2012: The Crime fictions of China
            • The Criminal Mind on Saturday, February 23, 2013: Biographer of the Criminal Minds
            • The Criminal Mind on Saturday, March 16, 2013: So you want to write a James Bond novel, it's easy
            • The Criminal Mind on Saturday, April 20, 2013: When HRF Keating came to Bombay