Wednesday, May 2, 2018

May 2 IWSG Post – Does Spring Inspire you to Write?


I usually schedule my IWSG posts atleast a couple of days before. But as I completely forgot about the May 2nd IWSG post, it’s a last minute one. I think I’m still in April mode. The fifth IWSG of 2018 has knocked on our doors. IWSG (Insecure Writers Support Group) is an online community of writers, posting on the first Wednesday of the month. Our posts are about our writing-related issues and our writing experiences.Visit the IWSG website for the amazing posts.

Ninja Captain Alex J Cavanaugh (author of the Amazon Bestsellers: CassaStar, CassaStorm, CassaFire and Dragon of the Stars) had this wonderful idea of starting IWSG, where we writers can let off all our writing-related steam, in a holistic and healthy way, thereby getting rid of our fears and worries. Writers are so susceptible to anxiety and stress-related issues, that IWSG comes as a wonderful therapy.

I heard doctors all over the world are hunting for Alex, who has cheated them of many patients. Have no fear Alex, no one can touch you or harm you, we all are your bodyguards.

May 2 question - It’s spring! Does this season inspire you to write more than others, or not?

I don’t think Spring inspires me to write more than the other seasons. Nowadays I make it a point to write every day, inspite of the seasons, and irrespective of the time of the day and whether it is weekends or weekdays. Earlier, I would write till evening, reserving the late evenings and nights for reading, but nowadays I write throughout the day and even during the nights and weekends. I think I’m getting more disciplined and committed to writing in this phase of my life.

Looking forward to reading your posts.

P.S. Due to work pressure I’m just posting on IWSG days.




Wednesday, April 4, 2018

IWSG Post – When our Writing Life gets Cloudy or Filled with Rain


Another IWSG (Insecure Writers Support Group) has arrived. All writers who live on Earth know what is IWSG, an online community of writers who post on the first Wednesday of the month. In our posts we discuss all writing-related issues and sometimes we do grumble a bit. Visit the IWSG website, its full of information on writing and publishing.

Ninja Captain Alex J Cavanaugh (author of the Amazon Bestsellers: CassaStar, CassaStorm, CassaFire and Dragon of the Stars) came up with this wonderful idea of starting IWSG. In a short span of time, under our resident Superhero Alex’s leadership who is one of the most generous writers I know, IWSG has become a force to reckon with in the writing world. IWSG has a newsletter which keeps the members updated, IWSG has also published several anthologies and has hosted two Twitter pitch contests. 

Psstt…I was contacted by an alien who lives on Pluto, he wanted to know about our Ninja Captain’s secret source of energy, and he also wanted to know how to join IWSG. Help me out as I’m a bit confused, shall I allow him to join?

 April 4th question is : When your writing life is a bit cloudy or filled with rain, what do you do to dig down and keep writing?

When my writing life is a bit cloudy or filled with rain, I almost always take a break, either by reading or tackling my freelance writing assignments. That way though I’m not actively working on my novel, I’m still writing. And reading subconsciously clears the cobwebs in my head. Disappearing into another writer’s world always unravels the knots that come while I’m writing. And taking that small reading break refreshes and energizes me.

I’m looking forward to reading how you all tackle the clouds or rain that hit your writing.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

IWSG Post How do you Celebrate achieving a Writing Goal/finishing a story


A few years back when I used to read the IWSG posts, I never realized that I’ll somehow summon the guts to join IWSG and even talk of all my writing related anxieties and issues without a fear of being judged. I not just look forward to IWSG, but by reading other writers’ worries and doubts I’m assured that I’m not alone where writing problems are concerned.

IWSG (Insecure Writers Support Group) is an online community of writers posting on the first Wednesday of the month. We discuss all our writing related doubts, fears and worries in our posts. This global group of writers also helps each other out in various way.

Ninja Captain Alex J Cavanaugh (author of the Amazon Bestsellers: CassaStar, CassaStorm, CassaFire and Dragon of the Stars) started this awesome group. Under Superhero Alex’s leadership, IWSG has become a force to reckon with: there are monthly newsletters, contests, anthologies, articles from Industry experts and IWSG has also hosted two Twitter pitch contests.  

The awesome co-hosts for the March 7 posting of the IWSG are Mary Aalgaard, Bish Denham, Jennifer Hawes, Diane Burton and Gwen Gardener.

March 7 question – How do you celebrate when you achieve a writing goal/finish a story?

Whenever I achieve a writing goal or finish a story I celebrate by taking some time off and doing what I love the most: eating and reading a book. Earlier I would always reward myself by taking a day or two break to read a book that has been sitting in my To Be Read Pile or go out with my friends. But nowadays due to my work commitments, the break time has been reduced to a few hours and I immediately start planning my next writing goal or story. I feel the best reward I can give myself is to move on to another story/manuscript or complete pending assignments, the celebrations have all moved on to my mind.

I look forward to reading all your posts and seeing how you all reward yourself when you achieve a writing goal/finish a story.