Wednesday, June 5, 2019

June IWSG Post – My Favourite Genre to Read and Write


We are quickly reaching the halfway mark for 2019. This year I have decided to go easy on myself. Though I’m writing a lot, its all a lot of chapter books and picture books, and I’m also revising my middle-grade manuscripts. My goal this year is to read lots, which I’m doing. I’m also spending a lot less time online. And I’m enjoying this off time.

No distractions for me as I’m focusing on my columns and features that I write for newspapers (these actually pay the bills, not the book royalties). IWSG (Insecure Writers Support Group) is the only time I post on my blog. IWSG started by Alex J Cavanaugh (author of Amazon Bestsellers: CassaStar, CassaStorm, CassaFire and Dragon of the Stars) is an online group of writers posting on the first Wednesday of the month.

Our IWSG posts are about our writing fears and insecurities, we discuss all things related to writing and publishing. IWSG is a huge stress buster for many of us. The IWSG website is a treasure house of writing information.

June 5 Question: of all genres you read and write, which is your favourite to write in and why?

My absolute favourite genre to read and write in is fantasy. A world created through my imagination.I love the world building aspect of fantasy. Fantasy which lends my imagination wings, makes me unanswerable to anyone, there is no fact checking or research. There is just pure fun. One of my middle grade novels is a whopping fantasy at 67,000 words. I had a blast writing it, creating the magical creatures and objects and peopling it with eccentric characters.

The awesome co-hosts for the June 5 posting of IWSG are Diane Burton, Kim Lajevardi, Sylvia Ney, Sarah Foster, Jennifer Hawes and Madeline Mora Summonte.

Looking forward to reading which is your favourite genre to read and write in?






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.