Aneeta Sundararaj

Aneeta Sundararaj trained as a lawyer and practised for five years before she decided to pursue her dream of writing. On her own, she created and developed this website and called it ‘How to Tell a Great Story’. The aim was to make it resource for storytellers.

Her writing has appeared in many magazines, ezines and journals. By contributing more than 250 feature articles to a national newspaper, New Straits Times, she has been fortunate enough to come into contact with people who have fascinating stories to tell. Many of them have enhanced her experiences and understanding of her homeland, Malaysia. She strives to share some of these stories in this website.

Below are some of the books that Aneeta has self-published, contributed to or worked on in the past. Some of them are no longer in print.

Articles in Mainstream Media
Here are a handful of the more than 280 articles she’s had published in mainstream media, namely the Life & Times section of the New Straits Times. As the online version of the paper has undergone many changes, some of the links to the articles below are no longer working. Those that have the links are ones that are still available online as of May 2017.


The Call of Aurangabad (23 September 2011)
The Misunderstood Shark (27 November 2011)
Viva Galloway (3 March 2012)
A Crack at Ceramics (24 March 2012)
A batik legacy (17 June 2012) – Part of exhibit in the Museum is this taped message by President Barack Obama (17 June 2012)
Snakes alive! (17 November 2012)
Waterfall of blessings (27 January 2013)
Pet-rified of letting go (9 June 2013)
Hunters with wings (12 October 2013)
Tigers, our heritage (26 October 2013)
Texting dreams into reality (3 November 2013)
One mighty roller coaster ride (19 April 2014)

The Chulias of Penang (21 March 2016)
Snapshot of beauty and grace (30 March 2016)
My fellow human (13 June 2016)
A poem a day keeps the doctor away (29 August 2016)Memoirs of an indie-comic artist (4 October 2016) 
Landscape Ho! A chat with Terengganu-born artist (16 October 2016)
Fragments of a shared history: Islam and Austria (8 December 2016)
A delightful embrace of fashion in dance (5 March 2017)
Umbrella of Faith (13 October 2015)
The Perfection of my Father’s passing (19 November 2016)
Walkway to conservation (1 January 2017)
A delightful embrace of fashion in dance (5 March 2017)


In December 2011, the idea was mooted that a series of articles should be written to commemorate the installation of the Sultan of Kedah as the next Yang diPertuan Agong. These are the articles that were published in the run up to the coronation date (11 April 2012).

Letters from Cheraiburi (31 March 2012)
The Royal Sounds of Nobat (8 April 2012)
Rich Royal History (14 April 2012)
Blocks of Tradition (22 April 2012)


In December 2012, the idea was mooted that a series of articles should be written about the proposed Animal Welfare Act of 2013. These are the articles that were published.

Eye on Animal Abusers (6 January 2013)
My pet has a passport (20 January 2013)
No petty affair (6 October 2013)


InfoMed Healthcare Magazine
Centre of International Standards (April 2012)
d+a magazine (a Singapore-based bi-monthly magazine featuring works of exceptional architecture and interior design by outstanding design talents worldwide).
UP Magazine


The Semantics of Democracy


List of Articles that focus on Writing a Novel

Vital Preparation for Aspiring Novelists
Types of Novels – How to Choose a Genre for Your Book
How to Do Research for Your Novel
How to Find Strong Ideas for Your Novel
Why You Must Have a Synopsis of Your Novel
Theme of Your Story
Structure of Your Novel: The Three Act Drama
Types of Plots for Your Novel
Bring to Life the Characters in Your Novel
How to Make Dialogue Dynamic
How to Add Texture to Your Novel
Spicing Up Your Novel
How to Create the Right Atmosphere in Your Novel
How to Create Suitable Settings for Your Novel

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