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09/09/2014 by Siddiqui Fayesal

The story I’m writing has had a few changes yesterday. My omnipotent character “Rehan” has been re-thought of. Rehan has been with me since as far back as I remember. I’ve written blog posts about him and have day dreamed about what kind of a man he would be. I’ve got this series of posts on the blog under the category “Letters” which document his life in the Army. There are only 4 letters written between Rehan and Ayesha, his wife, and I have placed them around the year 1995-1996.

The years might be changed suitably to accommodate Rehan’s story in the full version of my book and hence I’ve stopped writing about them currently. I’ve also been told that if Rehan is to be a part of my story then I should remove those exchanges from my blog completely. I will probably do that. I’ve already removed the posts about Wafa and Lyla for that very reason. The issue with Rehan and Ayesha is that they’re very close to my heart as characters. It’s not that I’ve done a lot of ground work on them since their inception. On the contrary, I’ve not thought about them much. But if there’s one thing I’m certain of it’s that they will be my strong point. I’m seriously considering writing another book completely on these two characters for the current one is based on others where Rehan and Ayesha are almost tertiary.

These were the thought that I was having while I was sitting in a café and penning the outline to the story but I stopped when I reached the part where I considered writing another book solely for those two, Rehan and Ayesha. Frankly, I don’t know where I am going to end up (does anyone know that?) and I don’t want to risk NOT writing Rehan and Ayesha. What if I never am able to write another book? What if I lose the thread currently running in my head?

So what I decided was that I’ll have a dual themed story. The story will be based mainly on 5 to 6 characters that will carry the burden of the theme. I realized that I was being over optimistic when I visualized myself being able to write a lengthy book with only 2 to 3 main characters. I’ve got to be more realistic about my abilities. If I have very few characters I know I will be stretched thin and then I will need to improvise at the time of writing. Which I really want to prevent.

Of course, since this is my first baby steps into writing a full length book there will be things that I learn the hard way. I don’t really mind that. Not coming from a literature or writing background sure makes me more of a daredevil than I would ordinarily be, I think.

Siddiqui F.

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