Wednesday, February 7, 2018

IWSG Post - What do I love the most about the genre I write in?


It’s time for another IWSG (Insecure Writers Support Group) post. IWSG is an online community of writers who post on the first Wednesday of the month. Our posts hover around our writing-related issues. Writers from all over the world who are at different stages of their writing journeys encourage and support us with their suggestions and advice.

Ninja Captain Alex J Cavanaugh (author of the Amazon Bestsellers: CassaStar, CassaStorm, CassaFire and Dragon of the Stars) started this wonderful group.
In a short span of time, under Superhero Alex’s leadership, IWSG has become a force to reckon with. The IWSG newsletter keeps the members updated, the IWSG website is full of information on writing and publishing, IWSG has also published several anthologies and has hosted two Twitter pitch contests.  

Our awesome co-hosts for the February 7th posting of IWSG are Stephen Tremp, Pat Garcia, Angela Woolridge, Victoria Marie Lees and Madeline Mora -Summonte

February 7 question – What do you love about the genre you write in most often?

As I write Middle Grade Fantasy, I love the fact that I can do extensive world building. I love creating a make-believe world and putting a whole lot of magical creatures and places in it. For my first MG book, I had gone berserk, I had created many magical creatures who lived in that place, even the food that the characters ate was intrinsic to that place and had come about after extensive thought and planning. Perhaps that is the reason I love the genre of fantasy so much, as it gives me the freedom to go wild.

I look forward to reading all your posts and seeing what you all love the most about the genres you write in.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

IWSG Post – My Plan for my Writing and Publishing?

One of the best things to happen to writers all over the world is IWSG, the other things being signing with an agent and bagging a publishing deal. But before the other two happen, writers celebrate being a part of IWSG (Insecure Writers Support Group) an online community of writers posting on the first Wednesday of the month. We discuss things that we can’t talk with non-writers: our writing blues, writing insecurities and worries. And the best thing is writers from all over the world who are at different stages of their writing journeys encourage and support us with their suggestions and advice.

The credit for starting this amazing group goes to Ninja captain Alex J Cavanaugh (author of the Amazon Bestsellers: CassaStar, CassaStorm, CassaFire and Dragon of the Stars). Superhero Alex has made IWSG a force to reckon with. There is an IWSG website, a newsletter that keeps the members updated, IWSG brings out  anthologies every year, it hosted a Twitter pitch party last year and will host its second party on January 18th.  

My co-hosts for January IWSG are Tyrean Martinson, Ellen @The Cynical Sailor, Megan Morgan and Jennifer Lane.

The IWSG January 3rd question is : What steps have you taken or plan to put a schedule in place for your writing and publishing?

At the start of my writing career I had put a publishing plan in place. My aim was to get visibility as a writer and to achieve that purpose I wrote short stories, features and did book reviews for many newspapers, so that more and more people would get familiar with my byline. I also contributed stories for several anthologies brought out by leading publishers so that the editors would be acquainted with my style of writing when my books landed in their inbox.

Yes, my writing and publishing plan has worked to a certain extent. Nowadays many people are familiar with my name and read my features and the editors of the publishing houses don’t take me lightly. Usually editors have a habit of brushing off writers, but not in my case, as I’ve become a columnist for two newspapers. 
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This year my plan is to write more books in different genres.


I’m looking forward to reading all your writing and publishing plans. 

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

IWSG Post – If you backtrack 2017 what would you do differently

2017 has flown by in the blink of an eye. I still remember the first IWSG post of the year and now it’s the last. IWSG (Insecure Writers Support Group) is one of the best things to happen to writers all over the world. Why is it the best thing? Because believe it or not, writers are very insecure creatures. We think other writers write way better than us, create wonderful settings, etch characters that leave our own characters way behind in the literary stakes.

Inshort we writers lug around a truckload of anxieties, insecurities, doubts and fears. And if Ninja Captain Alex J Cavanaugh (author of the Amazon Bestsellers: CassaStar, CassaStorm, CassaFire and Dragon of the Stars) and founder of this awesome group did not give us this wonderful opportunity to let off our writing steam, we all would go mad under the onslaught of our worries. Adorable Ninja Captain concerned about our mental and emotional well-being quickly formed this group to take care of his tribe. IWSG has a wonderful website with a whole lot of writing related information.

And under Captain Alex’s capable leadership writers roam around blogosphere with large smiles on their faces as they have given vent to their writing related frustrations via an IWSG post.

December 6th IWSG question: As you look back on 2017, with all its successes/failures, if you could backtrack, what would you do differently?

If I could do anything differently I would wipe out the few months of this year wherein I wasted time doing nothing. Yes, I suffered from a heavy bout of writing lethargy and indulged in procrastination with my stories. Due to those few months I’m way behind my writing and reading goals for 2017. But, I learnt a very important lesson, that I must manage my time wisely on a daily basis, else I’ll end up as a bundle of frustration and anxiety due to not having achieved my daily writing goals and weekly reading goals. 

I’m eager and curious to read all your posts.