Wednesday, January 5, 2022

January IWSG post and my writing regret

 

The Omicron variant of the Coronavirus has decided to cast its gloom all over the world. The fifth day of the year and our government has already announced a weekend curfew from this week. We are also undergoing a night curfew from the past few days. 2022 has dashed all our hopes. I pray that as the months pass, things will get better.

My resolution this year is to write lots and read lots. Fingers crossed that I achieve both my goals.

A new year, a new month and we have the first IWSG of the year. IWSG (Insecure Writers Support Group) an online group of writers was started by the amazing Alex J Cavanaugh. Alex Cavanaugh is the author of Amazon Bestsellers : CassaStar, CassaStorm, CassaFire and Dragon of the Stars. Do visit the IWSG website for more information on this wonderful group and some writing related posts. To read the other IWSG posts, visit the group’s page.

January 5 question - What's the one thing about your writing career you regret the most? Were you able to overcome it?

The awesome co-hosts for the January 5 posting of the IWSG are Erika Beebe, Olga Godim, Sandra Cox, Sarah Foster and Chemist Ken!

I regret not submitting widely during the first few years of my writing life/career. For the first couple of years, I had submitted to just one publisher (I know that was very foolish of me) I rue and regret this mistake every single day. I also rue the fact that I didn’t write for different age groups. For many years, I stuck to writing middle grade fiction and short stories for the children's section of the newspapers. Luckily, now I have overcome both these obstacles/handicaps in a big way.

What about you all? What do you regret about your writing career?

P.S. Wishing you all a very Happy New Year.

 


Wednesday, December 1, 2021

My December IWSG post and writing stresses and delights

 

This year flew at a supersonic speed, making everything a gigantic blur. This year I wrote so many picture books that I surprised myself. I also rewrote a middle grade novel, revised a love story and edited a few chapter books. I exercised like a maniac. I also made some wonderful publishing connections, had some amazing feedback from agents. But my reading suffered a lot. I guess I am no superwoman who can do everything!

With the end of 2021 comes the last IWSG of the year. IWSG was started by the amazing Alex J Cavanaugh. Alex is the author of Amazon Bestsellers: CassaStar, CassaStorm, CassaFire and Dragon of the Stars. Do visit the IWSG website for more information on this wonderful group and some writing related posts.

December 1 question – In your writing, what stresses you the most? What delights you?

The awesome co-hosts for December 1 posting of the IWSG are PJ Colando, Diane Burton, Louise-Fundy Blue, Natalie Aguirre and Jacqui Murray!

What stresses me about my writing is when I get stuck with a difficult scene or in a sticky plot hole. I also get stressed wondering whether the readers will like what I have written. Before the readers I start worrying whether the editor I have submitted to, will like what I have written. I’m delighted when the story shapes up beautifully and make an emotional connection with the readers and when the readers gush over my book/s.

What are your writing stresses and delights?

 

 


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?