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.

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.