Wednesday, November 6, 2019

My November IWSG Post and Bookaroo Lit Fest


It’s the 11th IWSG post of the year. One more month to go before 2019 waves goodbye and 2020 welcomes us into its fold. Most of us will be going slow with our blogging, as soon the holiday season will be upon us. And ofcourse we will be trying our best to finish a few of our goals for this year.

 IWSG (Insecure Writers Support Group) is an awesome online group of writers, posting on the first Wednesday of the month. Our IWSG posts center around our writing fears and insecurities. IWSG is now a force to reckon with. Browse through the IWSG website for all kinds of information from IWSG Twitter Pitch Contests to lots of publishing related information.

IWSG was started by Cyber Super Hero, Ninja Captain and Wonderful Musician, Alex J Cavanaugh who is also an Amazing Writer and a Brilliant Blogger and has written several Amazon Bestsellers: CassaStar, CassaStorm, CassaFire and Dragon of the Stars.

November 6 question - What's the strangest thing you've ever googled in researching a story?

I have googled a lot of things that will scare any normal person. From what do lions eat to how do dogs drink water (this was for a middle grade story.) But the strangest thing I have googled is how does Ant Chutney look like (this was for an article for a school textbook about strange food).



P.S. On November 9th and 10th I will be in Baroda (Vadodara) for the Bookaroo Lit Fest, which is India’s biggest children’s lit fest. I will be the speaker for 2 sessions. The 2 sessions for age groups 8 to 10 and 12 to 14 will center around my book Festival Stories Through The Year.


Thanks to my publisher HarperCollins Children’s India for facilitating my trip.



I am very excited as well as overjoyed.



P.P.S. I Love my Bookaroo Caricature, it’s based on the bio I sent.

Here is the bio: Rachna Chhabria’s characters stalk her day and night, until she writes about them. Beware if you find Rachna staring at you. She probably has plans of putting you in her stories - not necessarily as the hero or heroine. 


















Wednesday, October 2, 2019

My October IWSG Post – Writers and Reading


I have noticed a pattern, every alternate month I forget to write my IWSG post, at the last minute I scramble around, getting it together. For the October IWSG, I prepared this post four days in advance, for this I definitely deserve a pat on my back.

We have reached the 10th post of the year. Two more months to go before 2019 packs up. Most of us have now tapered down our blogging days, restricting it to IWSG (Insecure Writers Support Group) days. IWSG is a wonderful online group of writers, posting on the first Wednesday of the month. In our IWSG posts we discuss our writing fears and insecurities. IWSG is now a force to reckon with. Browse through the IWSG website for all kinds of information from IWSG Twitter Pitch Contests to lots of publishing related information.

IWSG was started by Super Hero, Ninja Captain, Wonderful Musician, Cyber Rockstar, Online Celebrity, Amazing Writer and Brilliant Blogger – Alex J Cavanaugh (author of Amazon Bestsellers: CassaStar, CassaStorm, CassaFire and Dragon of the Stars).

October 2 question - It's been said that the benefits of becoming a writer who does not read is that all your ideas are new and original. Everything you do is an extension of yourself, instead of a mixture of you and another author. On the other hand, how can you expect other people to want your writing, if you don't enjoy reading? What are your thoughts?

I can’t imagine writers not reading. Its not that we writers read to copy other writers (in fact we writers have too many ideas and too little time to work on them)  or get ideas from other writers, reading is just an extension of our writing life. Sorry if I’m offending anybody, but I just don’t understand writers who don’t enjoy reading. I mean how can I expect people to enjoy my books/writing, or to read my books, or to even buy my books, if I personally don’t enjoy reading? And if we don’t have a passion for reading being writers, how can we claim to have a passion for writing?

What about you all?


Wednesday, September 4, 2019

My September IWSG Post


Today I again completely forgot about IWSG. It was while having my tea, I realized that today is the first Wednesday of the month. I literally gulped my tea and switched on my computer and started typing.

IWSG (Insecure Writers Support Group) is a super awesome group of wonderful writers, who all post on the first Wednesday of the month. IWSG has taken on the onus of providing all kinds of support to its members, in the way of informative posts on the IWSG website, holding Twitter pitch contests and conducting story contests as well as many other things. Our IWSG posts focus on our writing fears and insecurities. The IWSG website is a wonderful source of writing information.

IWSG was started by Ninja Captain, Musician, Cyber Rockstar and Online Celebrity - Alex J Cavanaugh (author of Amazon Bestsellers: CassaStar, CassaStorm, CassaFire and Dragon of the Stars).

September question: If you could pick one place in the world to sit and write your next story, where would it be and why?  

If I could pick one place to write quietly, without disturbance, it would be my room, where I have done some of my best writing, because If I were to go to some faraway and exotic location, I would be too distracted by my surroundings. Though I would love to use a faraway location as the setting of my story.

What about you all? Which is your sweet spot for writing?