Wednesday, May 6, 2020

May IWSG Post and Getting into the Zone


Right now in India we are in our third lockdown, in my city the lockdown was eased from 4th May. Schools, colleges, religious places, restaurants (only takeaways are open), gyms, salons, clubs are all closed. Masks are mandatory, social distancing a must, buses, metro and autos aren’t plying on the roads. IT professionals are working from home. This will continue till 17th May.

But luckily for me my time is occupied with my writing. And I’m more than ready for this 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, our posts usually focus on our writing related issues, worries, fears and doubts. Do visit the IWSG website.

 IWSG was started by the brilliant Alex J Cavanaugh, the author of several amazon bestsellers: CassaStar, CassaStorm, CassaFire and Dragon of the Stars. Alex can’t your super powers find a Covid-19 Vaccine?

May 6th question - Do you have any rituals that you use when you need help getting into the ZONE? Care to share?

When I need help, I deliberately stop writing, allowing my actual writing to get done mentally, while I’m going around doing my chores. My subconscious mind starts to unravel the plot mess I’ve got myself into. Once the clarity happens, I then start writing. You can say I ZONE out to ZONE back in. The few times I’ve tried to write through it, hasn’t happened. So, getting away from it is the best thing for me.

I’m eager to read about how you all get into the zone?



Wednesday, April 1, 2020

April IWSG Post and the Covid -19 Pandemic

For the past few months the world has been gripped by Corona Virus, which is now galloping at a furious pace and spreading its vicious tentacles to the remotest corners of the world. Most of the countries have imposed lockdowns to safeguard their citizens from this deadly virus. Social Distancing is crucial at this point.

I write this IWSG (Insecure Writers Support Group) post while battling a lot of anxiety and fear. IWSG is an online group of writers, posting on the first Wednesday of every month. Though we usually talk about our writing related issues, worries, fears and doubts, this time all of us have just one worry- the covid-19 infection.

 IWSG is the brainchild of Alex J Cavanaugh, the author of several amazon bestsellers: CassaStar, CassaStorm, CassaFire and Dragon of the Stars. Alex can’t your super powers do something?

April 1 question - The IWSG group's focus is on our writers. Each month, from all over the globe, we are a united group sharing our insecurities, our troubles, and our pain. So, in this time when our world is in crisis with the covid -19 pandemic, our optional question this month is: how are things in your world?

This situation in India is getting worrisome. We are currently in a 21 day lockdown from 25th March to 14th April. These next few days will be crucial for India, it will decide our country’s fate where the covid pandemic is concerned. All our social media is flooded with Corona Virus news, there is no escaping it. To distract myself I’m trying to focus on my writing.

For a change I’m not going to say that I’m looking forward to reading all your posts, because I know that all the countries are under the covid -19 grip.

I pray for each and every one of you, to be safe and healthy. I pray for everyone. I hope Corona Virus leaves us soon, that some miracle happens soon, that a vaccine is made soon. All I can do is pray.



Wednesday, March 4, 2020

My March IWSG Post and Using My Family Traditions in my Books


January and February flew away into the sunset super fast and March marched into our lives quickly. The last few months I have been writing so much, that my brain has become scrambled. No wonder I am coming up with these silly lines.

It’s time for another IWSG Post. IWSG (Insecure Writers Support Group) is an online group of writers, posting on the first Wednesday of every month. In our posts we talk about all our writing related issues, worries, fears and doubts, and get support and help from other writers. Do check out the IWSG website.

IWSG is the brainchild of Alex J Cavanaugh, the author of several amazon bestsellers: CassaStar, CassaStorm, CassaFire and Dragon of the Stars. A warm-hearted human, Alex has several clones helping him, no wonder he writes such amazing books so fast, catches up with his thousands of followers by visiting their blogs and leaving his sweet comments there and gets the time to play his guitar. Alex, help me out, I can do with a couple of clones.

March 4 question - Other than the obvious holiday traditions, have you ever included any personal or family traditions/customs in your stories?

In my last book Festival Stories Through The Year (HarperCollins Children’s Books) I have used a whole lot of our family traditions in certain festivals. India is so culturally diverse, that families celebrate the same festivals differently. During my research I wasn’t getting proper information on a particular festival, hence I used the customs my grandmother followed, which are now being carried on by my mother. And luckily for me as one of the characters in my book belonged to my community, it was easy peasy to introduce my family customs. And the best thing is that character has become a firm favourite with the readers.

What about you all? Have you all used your family traditions and customs in your stories?