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?


Wednesday, August 7, 2019

My August IWSG Post

After ages I made my post a day in advance. And I felt very happy doing that. Though I try my best being organized, life manages to waylay me, throwing my well-laid plans into disarray. But this time I was ready, I decided to get the better of distractions. This year I have written a LOT. And I am quite happy with that.

Now let me get on to the task at hand. Its time for another IWSG (Insecure Writers Support Group) post. IWSG is a group of wonderful writers, who all post on the first Wednesday of the month. IWSG provides 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. Our IWSG posts which discuss our writing fears and insecurities, is a huge stress buster for many of us. The IWSG website is a treasure house of writing information.

IWSG was started by All Rounder (Online Rock Star, Author Extraordinaire, Ninja Captain, Musician Par Excellence, Wonderful Human, Amazing Blogger, Super Friend, Envied by Many, Loved by All - Alex J Cavanaugh (author of Amazon Bestsellers: CassaStar, CassaStorm, CassaFire and Dragon of the Stars).

August 7 question – Has your writing ever taken you by surprise? For example, a positive and belated response to a submission you’d forgotten about or an ending you never saw coming?

My first publisher had arranged the launch of my first book ‘The Lion Who Wanted to Sing,’ in the college where I had studied. My other book ‘Bunny in Search of a Name’ too was launched at the same time along with 2 other books. The four books were released by principals of different schools and colleges. Several months later I came to know that one of the principals who had launched my book, mentioned it in her speech for the students graduating from tenth grade. She mentioned that the lion’s story was an inspirational one, that if the lion could pursue his dreams, it showed that anyone else could do the same.  Needless to say, I was surprised as well as delighted, when I heard about it.

Looking forward to reading all your posts.




Wednesday, July 3, 2019

My July IWSG Post


I’m enjoying the pace I have deliberately chosen this year. I am doing projects that I want to do. No unnecessary pressures and deadlines. I am super happy to read a lot of books. I am following the mantra for this year, taking it easy. Making contacts and building up connections. I feel this phase of my life and writing is so spiritual. Each and every book I read and each and every project I work on, is giving me happiness.

Before I digress further, let me get back on track. Its IWSG (Insecure Writers Support Group) day. IWSG started by Online Rock Star, Author Extraordinaire, Ninja Captain, Musician Par Excellence - Alex Cavanaugh (author of Amazon Bestsellers: CassaStar, CassaStorm, CassaFire and Dragon of the Stars) is an online group of writers posting on the first Wednesday of the month.

Our IWSG posts are about our writing fears and insecurities, we discuss all things related to writing and publishing. IWSG is a huge stress buster for many of us. The IWSG website is a treasure house of writing information.

3rd July IWSG Question is: "What personal traits have you written into your character(s)?"

Many of my characters have quite a bit of my traits. My middle grade protagonist Kyna is fiercely loyal and independent like me and also very creative, but in a naughty way. Another middle grade character Rahul has my fear of dogs and dislike of bullies. Ria, the protagonist of my love story is so like me in many ways: her eating habits, her clothes, as well as her determination. I think we writers do this without realizing. Subconsciously we imbue our characters with our traits, likes and dislikes. I don’t even realize it when I am writing. But later I feel, OMG, this character is so like me.

What about you all? What personal traits do you give your characters?