Wednesday, August 5, 2020

My August IWSG Post and my Writing Style


Due to this pandemic raging across the world, the months are flying by in a state of anxiety and lockdowns. The eight month of the year has arrived, this is one year that can fly past quickly and I won’t mind at all.

Luckily for me, as I am writing so much, I don’t feel the impact of the situation that much, as my mind is on my book. This time I remembered the IWSG post in time, well before the first Wednesday of the month rolled into view.

IWSG (Insecure Writers Support Group) is an online group of writers, posting on the first Wednesday of every month. We writers are so fond of discussing our writing, talking about books, characters, stories, revisions and publishing, that I’m sure other than another writer, no one will be interested in our conversations. Our IWSG posts usually focus on our writing related issues, worries, fears and doubts. Do visit the IWSG website, its full of amazing and informative posts.

IWSG was started by the talented and brilliant allrounder Alex J Cavanaugh: writer, blogger, musician and a wonderful human who has taken it upon himself to help fellow writers. Alex has many other aces up his sleeve. Alex is the author of several amazon bestsellers: CassaStar, CassaStorm, CassaFire and Dragon of the Stars, with more bestsellers in the offing.

August 5 question - Quote: "Although I have written a short story collection, the form found me and not the other way around. Don't write short stories, novels or poems. Just write your truth and your stories will mold into the shapes they need to be."
Have you ever written a piece that became a form, or even a genre, you hadn't planned on writing in? Or do you choose a form/genre in advance?

I usually choose a form or a genre in advance, that way I know exactly who my audience is, what my style will be and what word count I should restrict myself to. This way I save myself the trouble and the hassle of explaining to an editor why I veered so much from the general form. Though I take liberties in the story, but I stick to the form/genre in general.

What about you all? Do you all choose the form/genre in advance or it’s the other way round?


Thursday, July 2, 2020

My July IWSG Post and Industry Changes



I can’t believe that I forgot this month’s IWSG post. On 30th June I reminded myself that the next day was IWSG, but when the first Wednesday of the month loomed into view, I completely forgot about the IWSG posting. Blame it on Covid-19 Pandemic.

The cases are increasing in India and my city Bangalore decided that it didn’t want to be left behind. From just a few cases, we are now in a hurry to catch up with other cities. The positive cases have been shooting up from the past few days. This monster is now coming closer and closer to us.

I decided to post, even though it’s a day late.

Now back to IWSG. IWSG (Insecure Writers Support Group) is an online group of writers, posting on the first Wednesday of every month. As we writers love to discuss and also grumble about our writing and publishing, atleast I do, our IWSG posts usually focus on our writing related issues, worries, fears and doubts. Do visit the IWSG website, its full of informative posts.

IWSG is the brainchild of the creative, talented and brilliant Alex J. Cavanaugh author of several amazon bestsellers: CassaStar, CassaStorm, CassaFire and Dragon of the Stars.

July 1 question - There have been many industry changes in the last decade, so what are some changes you would like to see happen in the next decade?

In India the publishers are playing safe by publishing more non-fiction, more books with hooks (partition, disability, history, mythology). Fiction has become a hard-sell here. I would like the publishers to get more adventurous in publishing, try more fiction and play with different genres. I would also like less interference from the marketing and sales teams which currently call the shots, leaving the editors at their mercy. And I also want the publishing process to be much quicker and the royalties and advances to be higher.

Will be hopping over to all your blogs today. Stay safe friends.


Wednesday, June 3, 2020

June IWSG Post and my Secrets


Most of us want 2020 to pass fast, as we all just want to put this year which brought the Covid-19 pandemic into our lives, far behind us. Like everyone else I too want this year to get over quickly or a miracle to happen where the world gets a medicine that can get cure us of this miserable virus. I’m also praying for a vaccine, but I know that won’t happen fast. Luckily, I’m so busy writing that all my anxieties are at a distance, watching me from far.

Another saving grace is that it has started raining in Bangalore and the cool winds are a pleasure. Many other cities in India are hot and some hotter.

Now to focus on IWSG. This time I was ready with my IWSG post. IWSG (Insecure Writers Support Group) is an online group of writers, posting on the first Wednesday of every month. As we writers love to talk about our writing, we also love grumbling, atleast I do, our posts usually focus on our writing related issues, worries, fears and doubts. Do visit the IWSG website, its full of informative posts.

 IWSG is the brainchild of the creative, talented and brilliant Alex J Cavanaugh, the author of several amazon bestsellers: CassaStar, CassaStorm, CassaFire and Dragon of the Stars.

 June 3 question - Writers have secrets! What are one or two of yours, something readers would never know from your work?

Let me think what are my secrets. One would be that I’m a very insecure writer, always thinking that I’m not good enough, that my writing sucks. Whenever someone praises my writing or story, I feel they are lying. My second secret would be that every time I get bugged with someone, I base my antagonist on them, by giving the villain in my story, their traits. Promise me that you won’t reveal my secrets to anyone.


I’m looking forward to reading all your secrets, I’m sure they must be naughty 😉.

P.S. Hope everyone is keeping safe!