Wednesday, May 1, 2019

My May IWSG Post


Sadly, due to work commitments, I have reduced my blogging days from twice a week to now once a month, restricting my monthly posting to the first Wednesday of the month which is the IWSG day, because IWSG (Insecure Writers Support Group) has become an important part of my writing life.

This wonderful online writers’ group was started by Alex J. Cavanaugh, the superstar of the blogging world, the Secret Santa and the Angel in Disguise (I don’t want to say more else Alex will be embarrassed). Alex’s books: CassaStar, CassaStorm, CassaFire and Dragon of the Stars are all Amazon Bestsellers. Alex with his amazing team of dedicated writers has made IWSG a force to reckon with in the writing world. IWSG has to its credit, writing contests, twitter pitch parties, it has brought out several anthologies, the IWSG website has informative and helpful posts from publishing experts.

May 1 question - What was an early experience where you learned that language had power?

It was in seventh grade when my English teacher had given us an essay to write, the topic was Holiday in the Mountains. The reason I remember it so well is because the teacher had praised my essay, telling my parents that I had literally transported her to the mountains, with my writing. At that point I realized that language had the power. And she had also urged my parents to encourage me to write more.

P.S. Thankyou to the IWSG Team for making me one of the Official Judges for The 2019 Annual IWSG Anthology Contest. I’m truly honoured.




Wednesday, April 3, 2019

My April IWSG post and Writing Fairies


I have been so busy working on my new book which I have to submit my mid may, that I completely forgot about my IWSG post. Yes peeps, I have signed another book contract and am currently working on that manuscript, getting it ready for submission. Will share more details about it, as well as other writing news soon.

Insecure Writers Support Group (IWSG) an online group of writers posting on the first Wednesday of the month, keeps me grounded, as it does the other writers who all are a part of it. IWSG was started by Alex Cavanaugh, an amazing guitarist, a wonderful blogger who has made it his mission in life to help other writers and a brilliant author: his books CassaStar, CassaStorm, CassaFire and Dragon of the Stars are all Amazon Bestsellers. Alex with the help of a super-efficient team of dedicated writers has made IWSG a force to reckon with in the writing world. IWSG has to its credit, writing contests, twitter pitch parties, it has brought out several anthologies, the IWSG website has informative and helpful posts from publishing experts.

The April Question: If you could use a wish to help you write just ONE scene/chapter of your book, which one would it be? (examples: fight scene / first kiss scene / death scene / chase scene / first chapter / middle chapter / end chapter, etc.)

If I could use a wish to help me write a chapter it would have been for my first magic realism love story which I have slowly and hesitantly started submitting. There was a crucial chapter in this story that I just wasn’t getting right. I was writing an adult novel for the first time, moving away from my usual middle grade books. I was also trying the genre of magic realism for the first time. I felt so clueless about that chapter. I was practically in tears. It just wasn’t happening. And then one day, it all kind of fell in place. I would have welcomed any help I had, a wish, a writing genie, writing fairies, anything to nail that chapter. Anyway, sadly I didn’t find any magic lamp or powerful genie, it was plain old hard work to the rescue. Cross your fingers that I find a publisher for it soon.

Will hop over to all your blogs later to see which scene troubled you and made you wish for a writing godmother.


Wednesday, March 6, 2019

My March Madness and IWSG Post


Call it March Madness, or just madness, but the moment March stepped into view, I set myself very high goals. My March goals are completing 2 chapter books, polishing a couple of picture books, reading my adult novel to revise it again and ofcourse reading a few books.

Now that we are done with my writing and reading goals, it’s time to focus on my IWSG post. Yes, its IWSG (Insecure Writers Support Group) time again. IWSG is an online, global group of writers. We post on the first Wednesday of the month. In our posts we tackle any of our writing insecurities, worries, fears, discuss our writing and publishing problems, learn from other writers who have overcome these doubts and anxieties and generally use this group to let off our writing steam.

IWSG was started by Ninja Captain Alex Cavanaugh. Adorable, Amazing Accomplished Alex is a guitarist, his blog is the place to visit for writers of all genres, and he is also a best-selling author: his books CassaStar, CassaStorm, CassaFire and Dragon of the Stars are all Amazon Bestsellers. The IWSG with its super-efficient team of dedicated writers has to its credit, writing contests, twitter pitch parties, it has brought out several anthologies. The IWSG website has amazing and informative posts from publishing experts.

The March 6 question - Whose perspective do you like to write from best, the hero (protagonist) or the villain (antagonist)? And why?

I have always written from the hero or the heroine’s perspective. I think this POV works the best for me. I like being inside the protagonist’s head and ultimately it is also about the battle of good versus evil, so I would like to send the message to my readers (I write kidlit: picture books, chapter books and middle grade books) that good triumphs over evil. Though I do want to write a book from the antagonist’s perspective. I have written a book where the hero has shades of grey, but he is not the out and out villain that an antagonist would be.

Eager to read about all your writing perspectives.