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.

 

 

 

Wednesday, August 4, 2021

August IWSG Post and my Favourite Writing Craft Book

 

My plan for August is to read lots. With back to back deadlines from last year, I missed reading. I’ve loads of books all around me, and I plan to devour that pile like a book monster.

With July being my birthday month, I had several birthday celebrations with family and friends. It was really nice to go out, with masks, sanitizers and maintaining social distancing.

I’ve posted many pictures on my Instagram handle.

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7 months of 2021 gone by, it’s time for another IWSG (Insecure Writers Support Group) post. IWSG 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, with several more on the way. Do visit the IWSG website for more information on this amazing group and some writing related posts.

 The awesome co-hosts for the August 4 posting of the IWSG are PK Hrezo, Cathrina Constantine, PJ Colando, Kim Lajevardi, and Sandra Cox!

August 4 question - What is your favorite writing craft book? Think of a book that every time you read it you learn something or you are inspired to write or try the new technique. And why?

I have a confession to make. I bought the book ‘Writing The Breakout Novel Workbook’ by Donald Maass ages back, but I am yet to read it properly. This August I’ll be going through the book and making notes.

What are your August plans?