Writing fiction and non-fiction

My professional work has always involved writing.

After completing my studies (IIT Delhi, 1978, and IIM Ahmedabad, 1981), I opted for software engineering, so my first pieces of creation (one could almost say fiction) were in COBOL and other such languages. Over the years, as I continued to work in the area of software engineering/ process/ quality, I also wrote training material and books on areas like software engineering, project management, requirements, estimation, processes and quality models.

It got a mite repetitive 🙂

So, around 2002, I started trying my hand at other types of writing. Years of precise writing (ponderous, too) had atrophied my ability to fantasize; it took some effort to locate my creative muscle and persuade it to come back to life. In the beginning I tried all forms of creative writing–short stories, humor and personal essays. Some have been published. I then chose my focus area as short stories in the speculative genre (SF/F), and had some successes. I also wrote a business novel, merging my professional work with my interest in writing fiction.

Of late, I have not been getting the time to write fiction because of my growing involvement in dementia care volunteer work, but I keep hoping (dreaming?) to resume this part of my life.

In this section, I’m putting in information about my published writing, and also giving some links to writing books that I consider useful.

Next: Short stories, essays, humor pieces