Friday, January 13, 2017

Change in my Blogging Schedule

When I started blogging on March 22nd 2010, I used to blog twice week: Tuesdays and Fridays. Slowly over the years I reduced it to once a week, restricting it to Fridays. And when I joined IWSG I skipped the first Friday as I had already posted on the first Wednesday.

I’ve restricted my blog to my writing journey, talking about all aspects of my writing, editing, plotting, querying and other writing related stuff and I seldom discuss random stuff on my blog. I’ve realized that over all these years I think I’m running out of topics to blog about, often repeating something I had already written about a few years earlier.

And from the past few months I’ve realized that I’m quite late in returning comments. I don’t like doing this, as I consider blogging all about interacting with other writers and bloggers. Returning comments is my way of forging a relationship with them, showing that I care about them as writers and bloggers and that I’m interested in their writing journeys and celebrating with them when they get an agent or a publishing deal or when their book is launched.

Now I come to the all important question. To cope up with everything I’m doing should I further reduce the number of days from four times a month to thrice or twice a month, until I catch up with all the pending work? That way I’ll be able to visit all my blogging friends. I don’t want to completely stop blogging, and I love my IWSG posts. I actually look forward to it.

What do you all advice? How do I balance my writing, reading and blogging? Shall I reduce the number of days? Or take a blogging break (which I don’t want to do). I need all your suggestions and help with this dilemma.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

IWSG Post- What writing rule you wish you had never heard?

Happy New Year everyone!

It’s the first IWSG of 2017. IWSG aka Insecure Writers Support Group is a fabulous online group of writers posting on the first Wednesday of every month. In the IWSG posts, we writers talk about all our writing related worries, anxieties, fears and insecurities. This group is like a discussion forum where other writers who share similar worries help us out with their advice and tips. Check out the IWSG website for amazing writing tips. Read the other IWSG posts here.

When we talk of IWSG, how can we forget Ninja Captain Alex J Cavanaugh (author of the Amazon Bestsellers: CassaStar, CassaStorm, CassaFire and Dragon of the Stars) for starting this awesome group. On the first Wednesday, when you say a blur in the sky, it’s just our blogging superstar with his guitar, trying to visit as many blogs as he can, all over the world.

The IWSG question of this month is ‘What writing rule you wish you had never heard?

Infact, I want to say that I wish I had never heard of any writing rule whatsoever to start with. Stories don’t follow a set template, that this incident should happen by the fifth chapter, this one by the ninth and this one by the fifteenth. All these rules simply stress out a writer who writes in an unconventional way. They start thinking they are doing it all wrong. Or they worry that they aren’t following the set method.

I always get concerned about the rising stakes bit. Sometimes it’s not possible to increase the stakes immediately. And we can’t always have the threat of death hanging over our characters. I personally feeling writing is all about instinct and pacing and ofcourse character development.

I’m looking forward to reading all your posts to see which writing rule you all wish you had never heard.

Friday, December 16, 2016

The lazy December Mood has caught me

By the end of the year, I always run out of my writing, reading and reviewing steam. It’s like I’ve been running on the writing treadmill for 11 months, that come December, I need to ease down, not just to a slow walk, but I come to a complete standstill. My writing suffers, my reading pile starts escalating and my mood drifts away, to God knows where?

Though Christmas is something we Indians don’t celebrate, but as the schools close down for the winter and the new year holidays, by and large, the holiday mood catches up with me. I tend to take it easy on all fronts. My writing slows down (I stop thinking of my characters and start thinking about myself). I hardly read books at this time (I'm too distracted) and therefore am unable to do any reviews. I tend to shop a lot during this period (there are sales everywhere) and meet all my friends for lunches and coffees.

I justify this lazy phase with the thought that even the editors and agents will be on a holiday and no one will respond even if I query and submit at this time.

I hope it’s just not me, but that this happens to everyone (that way I’ll feel less guilty).

What does the month of December do to your productivity as a writer? Do you work hard during this month or do you take it easy?

P.S. I’ll be on a break till 4th January 2017 when I’ll return with my IWSG post. Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and very Happy New Year in advance.

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