By the end of the year, I always run out of my
writing, reading and reviewing steam. It’s like I’ve been running on the writing
treadmill for 11 months, that come December, I need to ease down, not just to a
slow walk, but I come to a complete standstill. My writing suffers, my reading
pile starts escalating and my mood drifts away, to God knows where?
Though Christmas is something we Indians don’t
celebrate, but as the schools close down for the winter and the new year
holidays, by and large, the holiday mood catches up with me. I tend to take it
easy on all fronts. My writing slows down (I stop thinking of my characters and start thinking about myself). I hardly read books at this time (I'm too distracted) and therefore am unable to do any reviews. I tend to shop a lot during this
period (there are sales everywhere) and meet all my friends for lunches and coffees.
I justify this lazy phase with the thought that even
the editors and agents will be on a holiday and no one will respond even if I
query and submit at this time.
I hope it’s just not me, but that this happens to everyone
(that way I’ll feel less guilty).
What does the month of December do to your
productivity as a writer? Do you work hard during this month or do you take it
P.S. I’ll be on a break till 4th January 2017 when I’ll
return with my IWSG post. Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and very Happy New
Year in advance.
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It’s the last IWSG post for 2016. IWSG aka Insecure Writers
Support Group, an online group of writers, posts on the first Wednesday of every month.
In our posts we usually discuss our writing related worries, anxieties, fears
and insecurities. Other writers who have undergone similar situations help us
out with their advice and suggestions. Check out the IWSG website for amazing
writing tips. Read the other IWSG posts here.
We writers can never thank Ninja Captain Alex J Cavanaugh (author of the Amazon
Bestsellers: CassaStar, CassaStorm, CassaFire and Dragon of the Stars) for
starting this awesome group. Honestly, if not for Amazing Alex, we all would
never have met.
I love the December 7th
question: In terms of your writing career, where do you see yourself five years
from now, and what’s your plan to get there?
Five years from now I see myself having an agent and also a
few books published. I also hope to win an Indian award for writing in these
five years (yep, these are all big goals, but what’s life if we don’t dream big
or aim for the skies).
To achieve these writing goals/aims/dreams I’m writing
different books (as I never know which book will be successful). I’m also
writing a wide range of genres as well as for different age groups. I hope to
atleast have two adult novels published in these five years, as well as several
middle grade books and a few picture books (I’ve already started submitting my earlier
books to more publishers.)
I’m eager and excited to read where do all my writing friends
hope to see themselves five years from now!