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Flesh and Bones. Skeletal Structure of writing Bala. The Head. The title of the novella, novel or short story. It could be direct “ Murder in Amaravati ” by the renowned author S.K. “For whom the bell tolls” Hemingway’s epic on the Spanish Civil War. An indirect reference.

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flesh and bones

Flesh and Bones

Skeletal Structure of writing


the head
The Head
  • The title of the novella, novel or short story. It could be direct “ Murder in Amaravati” by the renowned author S.K.
  • “For whom the bell tolls” Hemingway’s epic on the Spanish Civil War. An indirect reference.
  • “ The beginning of the end”, by Naguib Mahfouz. The struggles of an Egyptian family in Cairo
the inspiration
The Inspiration
  • John Dunne
  • "Ask not for whom the bell tolls, it tolls for thee"?”
  • Amaravati , in Guntur Dt. AP. on the banks of the great Krishna River which flows from Nagarjuna Sagar to the Bay of Bengal
  • Katha Upanishad Verse 1.3.14
  • उत्तिष्ठजाग्रतप्राप्यवरान्निबोधत | क्षुरस्यधारानिशितादुरत्ययादुर्गंपथस्तत्कवयोवदन्ति ||
  • "Rise, awaken, seek the wise and realize. The path is difficult to cross like the sharpened edge of the razor (knife), so say the wise."


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  • Best Friend
  • Lover or lovers
  • Worst Enemy
  • Siblings
  • Parents
  • Associates
  • Children
  • Pets
the body
The Body
  • Create a skeleton
  • Flesh the skeleton
  • Use Protagonist/s
  • Conflict
  • Use protagonist’s connections
  • Create varying moods as you go along
  • Use a theme
legs and feet
Legs and Feet

Firm stance




Logical positioning

Close to beginning

Close the loop

Grand Finale

  • Adventure
  • Comic or Graphic Novel
  • Drama
  • Erotic
  • Espionage or Spy Thriller
  • Fanfiction - stories about another author's characters, such as Harry Potter fanfiction or Star Trek fanfiction. This sort of fiction cannot be sold!
  • Fantasy
  • Historical Fiction
  • Horror - stories dealing with things that frighten us. Horror can be further divided into body-related (disease, mutation, mutilation, etc), holocaust, ghost stories, natural disaster, psychological thriller, and supernatural
  • Humor or Comedy - burlesque, comedy of manners, farce, parody, satire, and sentimental
  • Medical - stories about the field of medicine and the people who work in it
  • Mystery - cozy, detective (amateur, hardboiled, private investigator), medical, police procedural, supernatural, and whodunit
  • Poetry - rhythmic writing that deals with emotion. Poems do not have to rhyme, but they must be concise and emotional. Poetry can be broadly divided into epic, dramatic, lyric, narrative, and satirical. Specific poetry forms include acrostic, canzone, carminafigurata, cinquain, concrete, elegy, fixed verse, free verse, ghazal, haiku, jintishi, minnesang, murabba, ode, pantoum, quatrain, rondeau, ruba'i, sestina, sijo, song, sonnet, stev, tanka, and villanelle
  • Political - stories about the world of politics and the people who work in it
  • Romance - stories about love. Romance can be broadly divided into category (series) and stand-alone (single title). Romance subgenres include contemporary, erotic, historical, inspirational, multi-cultural, paranormal, romantic suspense, romantic science fiction, and time travel
  • Science-Fiction - 'what if' stories that are based on actual scientific fact. Science fiction must have some sort of logical science inherent to the story, or some sort of logical basis for what is going on. Science fiction can be broadly divided into hard (the science is the most important part of the story), soft (the characters are the most important part of the story) or social (the culture is the most important part of the story). Science fiction subgenres include alternatehistory, apocalyptic, biopunk, cyberpunk, dying planet, gothic, military, pulp, steampunk, time travel, space colonization, space opera, and urban
  • Short Story - actually, this is not a genre but a length. A work of fiction is called a short story if it has less than 7500 words in it - short stories can be written in any genre.
  • Stream of Consciousness - also called free-writing - unedited and spontaneous ramblings on any topic
  • Tragedy - stories that make us cry
  • War Fiction - stories about war and the military
  • Western Fiction - stories about the American Old West. Westerns are usually adventure fiction that is specifically set in this period of US history, usually (but not always) dealing with the western states and Mexico.
  • Read more: http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_are_the_fiction_genres#ixzz1yDdrryPH
example in introduction
Example in Introduction

Example of an introduction:

  • We can hear the simultaneity in the splendid opening paragraph of "A Farewell to Arms" (1929), a first paragraph that is a reworking of the opening lines of the 1926 story "In Another Country": Ernest Hemingway
  • "In the later summer of that year we lived in a house in a village that looked across the river and the plain to the mountains. In the bed of the river there were pebbles and boulders, dry and white in the sun, and the water was clear and swiftly moving and blue in the channels. Troops went by the house and down the road and the dust they raised powdered the leaves of the trees. The trunks of the trees too were dusty and the leaves fell early that year and we saw the troops marching along the road and the dust rising and leaves, stirred by the breeze, falling and the soldiers marching and afterward the road bare and white except for the leaves."
  • The paragraph is resonant, haunting, a poem: it contains the movement of the novel, it predicts the lovers' fate, and it then transcends their fate, on our behalf, by creating a moment that survives them.
example in conclusion
Example in Conclusion
  • Razor’s Edge by Somerset Maugham
  • "That is all that I can tell of him. I know it is very unsatisfactory; I can't help it. But as I was finishing this book, uneasily conscious that I must leave my reader in the air and seeing no way to avoid it, I looked back with my mind's eye on my long narrative to see if there was any way in which I could devise a more satisfactory ending; and to my surprise it dawned upon me that without in the least intending to I had written nothing more or less than a success story. For all the persons whom I have been concerned got what they wanted: Elliot social eminence; Isabel an assured position backed by a substantial fortune in an active and cultured community; Gray a steady and lucrative job, with an office to go to from nine till six everyday; Suzanne Rouvier security; Sophie death; and Larry happiness. And however superciliously the highbrows carp, we the public in our heart of hearts all like a success story; so perhaps my ending is not so unsatisfactory after all"
  • Subconsciously we all have a theme, now is the chance to attempt it. It is a free for all.
  • Write an introduction 10 minutes
  • Conclusion 10 minutes
  • If you can, a plot chart which you can talk about, along the lines discussed – Optional
suggestions for closure
Suggestions for closure
  • A magnificent house, a great garden, a statue of the three graces and a bird bath on top. (At the story’s beginning.)
  • A charred ruin of the same house, the garden running wild, the same three graces with moss, fetid water with the same beautiful sparrow finches bathing in the bird bath. Exquisite roses still blooming in the overgrown thorny rosebushes.