© 2020 by Harirai Khalsa

HARI RAI KHALSA

writer. storyteller. human.

So you've got a story inside you! Only you're not quite sure where to go from here...

 

Writing a novel can be daunting, whether it's your first or millionth time doing it (although if it's your millionth you're probably a time traveler and can't be daunted by much anymore). Luckily, there's a way to make it all a whole lot friendlier. Whether you've got your whole story plotted out to the page or you just have a vague sense that there's dogs in it and maybe one of those endings that's not really happy or sad, I can help you write the story you're dreaming about without the piles of stress and anxiety that are traditionally supposed to plague the wordsmith.

"But how? Did I mention that I don't know what I'm doing?"

All my coaching is one-on-one, and therefore designed to work with your particular needs, strengths, and goals to get your project completed happily. It won't be exactly the same for any two people, but I always have your story's best interests at heart. Wondering if we might be a good fit? Set up your free introductory call and let's talk!

Working with me is like:
  • Taking a stroll through a summer meadow, and on the other side there's a finished novel waiting. Awesome!

  • Crossing one of those creeks that has lots of stones in it and you have to decide which stones to step on in order to not get your feet wet, and maybe sometimes you guess wrong and step in the creek accidentally and that's still fun too because it's pretty warm outside.

  • Making a marinated squash galette, which you saw a fancy picture of in a gourmet food magazine, but then realizing that the recipe calls for cumin which you hate, so instead you put in garam masala because you're an adult and you can do what you want, and while you're at it why not throw in some sage too, and even though it's a weird combination of ingredients the squash turns out amazing and all your friends are really impressed.

  • Writing a book, but it being fun and relaxed instead of other feelings that are not fun and relaxed.

What sets me apart:

This is not a workshop on six principles of style or five top plot points you have to hit in your novel or anything like that. My focus is on helping you lean into your individual voice and the unique spirit of your story, creating something that is both beautiful and unapologetically you. Many editors and creative writing teachers are all about smoothing down the rough edges, creating something perfectly polished and smooth. That can be a great thing, especially in the later stages, but that's not what we're doing here. Here we're turning the rough edges up to eleven. We're taking all the weird and unusual quirks that seem to come rattling out of your brain and your brain alone and we're dialing them up to infinity. Because there are a lot of ways to write a decent story, but only YOU can tell this one like this.

 

Intrigued? Skeptical? Totally one hundred percent on board? Sign up for your  free introductory call above! Whether we turn out to be a good fit for each other or not, even briefly talking through your goals and difficulties can be an incredibly illuminating process. Remember: you are awesome, and your work is important.

Hari Rai is the writer of the award-nominated show Radiation World and has an MSt in Creative Writing from the University of Oxford.