Bharathi Raja

Welcome to my writing site! Feel free to look around and check out the links up top, especially my book catalog. My blog posts will be heavy on tools and tech, and techniques that work for me, because all the writing advice out there says I’m doing it w0rNg. Scroll down, or hit the Posts link up top, and see if you find anything useful.

  • Heroes, Villains, and In Between

    There are absolutes, but not as many as absolutists believe. That’s why superhero stories (comics and otherwise) have long depicted heroes with some kind of internal conflict—they’re more interesting that way. Villains, though, are often less fleshed out. They are apt to be completely evil, sometimes bent only on pointless...


  • Using MultiMarkdown in Scrivener, part 1

    Markdown was created by John Gruber to make it easier to write blog posts. It has been extended every which way to work with more technical documents, but the vanilla version is well-suited for writing fiction as well as blog posts. Some advantages of Markdown include: Outputs to many formats,...


  • The Evolution of Language in Real Time

    From the first time a particular combination of sounds became associated with a particular meaning, languages have grown, diverged, spread, and sometimes died. Sometimes, people take exception to growth and change… The word finna has existed in certain regional and ethnic speech communities since at least 1917 (corrections welcome). But...


  • I Write Escapism, and I'm Okay With It

    (Reprinted from my personal blog. Original post date: November 5, 2014. Updated.) From Wikipedia: “Escapist fiction is fiction which provides a psychological escape from thoughts of everyday life … The term is not used favorably.” I don’t hear it as often as I used to, which may reflect the decline...


  • Distraction-Free for Free

    (Reprinted from my personal blog. Original post date: Aug. 30, 2016. Updated.) “I’m a very technical boy. So I decided to get as crude as possible. These days, though, you have to be pretty technical before you can even aspire to crudeness.” — William Gibson, Johnny Mnemonic The writing advice...