Wednesday, November 3, 2021

My November IWSG post and writing blurbs

 

Last month I wrote a couple of picture books, researched for a non-fiction book and wrote a few chapters of a creative non-fiction book. I also caught up with my reading and followed up with a few editors who had my submissions.

Sadly, I had to yet again postpone my participation for NaNoWriMo as November also has our main festival Diwali, its tomorrow - 4th November. The days preceding Diwali are hectic, shopping, pujas, cleaning the house, distributing sweets, making rangolis, visiting friends and relatives, the innumerable phone calls, the list is endless. This continues for a few days after Diwali too.

IWSG (Insecure Writers Support Group) is an online group of writers posting on the first Wednesday of the month.

IWSG was started by Alex J Cavanaugh. Alex is the author of Amazon Bestsellers: CassaStar, CassaStorm, CassaFire and Dragon of the Stars, and many more on the way. Do visit the IWSG website for more information on this wonderful group and some writing related posts. Don’t forget to visit Amazing Alex’s blog and to read the other IWSG posts here.

November 3 question – What’s harder to do, coming up with your book title or writing the blurb?

The awesome co-hosts for the November 3 posting of the IWSG are Kim Lajevardi, Victoria Marie LeesJoylene Nowell Butler, Erika Beebe and Lee Lowery!

Writing the blurb. Titles come to me very easily, its as though someone dropped them into my head. Writing the blurb makes me tear my hair out in frustration, I have to do several versions and revise and tweak so often that I go mad. Even then, I’m never happy with the blurbs I have written. I feel my blurbs just don’t do justice to my story.

What about you all?

 

 


Wednesday, October 6, 2021

My October IWSG Post and taboo topics

 


2021 is drawing to a close. Just 3 months more before we wish it goodbye. It has been a sad year with the Covid19 second wave wrecking havoc. To distract myself from all that was happening around me, I wrote and wrote and wrote. I also slowed down the pace of my life, spending time watching the clouds, sunset, talking to friends and cousins on the phone, played card games and bingo with family (as with the pandemic protocol we were in an enforced lockdown for several months.

And before I realized September merged in October and it was time for another IWSG post. IWSG (Insecure Writers Support Group) is an online group of writers posting on the first Wednesday of the month.

IWSG was started by Alex J Cavanaugh. Alex is the author of Amazon Bestsellers: CassaStar, CassaStorm, CassaFire and Dragon of the Stars, and several more on the way. Do visit the IWSG website for more information on this wonderful group and some writing related posts. Don’t forget to visit Amazing Alex’s blog.

October 6 question - In your writing, where do you draw the line, with either topics or language?

The awesome co-hosts for the October 6 posting of the IWSG are Jemima Pitt, J Lenni Dorner, Cathrina Constantine, Ronel Janse van Vuuren, Mary Aalgaard.

As I write middle grade, I pay special attention to language, no swear words, no four-letter words. There are certain topics I keep away from: molestation, rape, sex and murder. I ensure there is no kissing scene (I even deleted a kissing scene from one of my middle grade novels, though two adults were kissing, but they were being watched by my main character. Didn’t want the parents to create a ruckus over it.

But for the adult novel I’ve written, I had no qualms about adding them!

What about you all? Where do you all draw the line with the topics and language.

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

September IWSG Post and my definition of success as a writer

 


2021 is going by too rapidly. I badly want to grab it and ask it to slow down. But I guess that is the tendency of time, it flies by, taking along with it, weeks, months and years. All too soon September has arrived at our doorstep and brought with it another IWSG (Insecure Writers Support Group) post. IWSG is an online group of writers posting on the first Wednesday of the month.

Started by Alex J CavanaughIWSG is now a force to reckon with, as is Alex, the author of Amazon Bestsellers: CassaStar, CassaStorm, CassaFire and Dragon of the Stars, with many others on the way. Do visit the IWSG website for more information on this amazing group and some writing related posts and also Alex’s blog.

September 1 question - How do you define success as a writer? Is it holding your book in your hand? Having a short story published? Making a certain amount of income from your writing?

The awesome co-hosts for the September 1 posting of the IWSG are Rebecca Douglass, T. Powell Coltrin, Natalie Aguirre, Karen Lynn and  C. Lee McKenzie.

I would define it as all three and add few more. Success as a writer would be having large first print runs (as publishers are certain that the book/s will sell fast and well). Success is getting fat advances (the reason being the same as before). Success is getting amazing book launches (publishers willing to spend money as they are sure of the returns). Success would also be getting amazing displays in bookstores, attending lit fests, doing regular book signing events and getting fabulous reviews from all the readers. (One can dream big right?).

I’m eager to read all your definitions of success as a writer.