Wednesday, November 2, 2022

NaNo and my November IWSG Post

 

Two more months before we say goodbye to 2022. This year has raced by at a supersonic speed. But thankfully, it has taken Covid 19 along with it. Life is practically back to normal, but I’m still wearing a mask in public, though most people have shed their masks.

Its time for the November IWSG post. IWSG (Insecure Writers Support Group) was started by Alex J Cavanaugh. Alex is the author of Amazon Bestsellers: CassaStar, CassaStorm, CassaFire and Dragon of the Stars.

Do visit the IWSG website for some informative and amazing posts. The Twitter handle of IWSG is @TheIWSG and the hashtag is #IWSG.

The awesome co-hosts for November 2 posting of the IWSG are Dierdre Knight, Douglas Thomas Greening, Nick Wilford and Diane Burton.

November 2 question is – November is National Novel Writing Month. Have you ever participated? If not, why not?

Though I’ve always wanted to do NaNo, but for some or the other reason I’m unable to do it. Usually, Diwali comes in November. But this time Diwali was on 24th October and I had planned to do NaNo, but so many obstacles came in my way that I was unable to plot and outline the novel in time for NaNo. Infact I haven’t even done a basic character/s chart and sketch. So, its goodbye NaNo this time. But I’ll use November to rewrite a middle grade novel and plot the adult novel.

What about you all? What’s your reason for doing or not doing NaNo?

P.S. I have started a YouTube channel last week. Have posted two videos.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZkhb_HQWeyDe4Xhoy76O9A

 

 

 

 

 


Wednesday, October 5, 2022

My October IWSG Post and the Characteristics of my Favourite Genre

 

From the past two months I don’t know why I’m getting the urge to do NaNoWriMo this year. Hope I can do it. I have a story in mind, I want to plot it out this month and then come November, I would love to take the leap into NaNo. Cross your fingers for me.

It’s time for IWSG (Insecure Writers Support Group Post). IWSG an online writers group was started by Alex J Cavanaugh, the author of Amazon Bestsellers: CassaStar, CassaStorm, CassaFire and Dragon of the Stars. Do visit the IWSG website for some informative and amazing posts.

The awesome co-hosts for the October 5 posting of the IWSG are Tonja Drecker, Victoria Marie Lees, Mary Aalgaard and Sandra Cox!

October 5 question - What do you consider the best characteristics of your favorite genre?

I love writing fantasy and the best characteristics of fantasy are giving a free rein to my imagination, though it requires heavy-duty world building. Writing fantasy gives wings to my creativity and makes me soar high into a make-believe world where I have created each and every aspect, from the characters to the objects they use, the situations they get into, the creatures they meet and the food they eat.

What are the best characteristics of your favourite genre?


Wednesday, September 7, 2022

My September IWSG Posts and New Books

 

Last month saw two of my books making their way into the world. On 5th August, my nonfiction book ‘50 GREAT INDIANS: Extraordinary Lives, Inspiring Tales,’ reached bookshelves. On 11th August, my middle grade fantasy novel, ‘Buddy The Scavage,’ made its way into the reader’s hands.

The month was super busy for me, arranging excerpts of the books, reviews and highlights for the different newspapers I write for. I also received an avalanche of messages from book bloggers aka infuencers on Instagram. I am appalled at the blatant way they demand money for reviews. I had so much difficulty fending them off that I had to add ‘No DMs please’ to my Instagram bio. Even then they were relentless.  

I had planned to take it easy, but frankly speaking that didn’t happen, as I had a few deadlines to meet for my freelance writing.

With a new month upon us, it’s time for a IWSG post (Insecure Writers Support Group). IWSG is an online writers group, started by Alex J Cavanaugh, the author of Amazon Bestsellers: CassaStar, CassaStorm, CassaFire and Dragon of the Stars. Do visit the IWSG website for some informative posts.

The awesome co-hosts for the September 7th posting of the IWSG are Kim Lajevardi, Cathrina Constantine, Natalie Aguire, Olga Godim, Michelle Wallace and Louise -Fundy Blue.


September 7 question – What genre would be the worst one for you to tackle and why?

I think it would be crime fiction. That’s because I feel I wouldn’t be good at it, so I doubt I would do a great job.

What about you all? What genre would be the worst one for you?

P.S. How do you all handle book reviews?