Creative Woes + An Announcement

I’ve been dreading writing this post and putting it off for the longest time. It seems like every time I take a break, it gets a little more difficult to return to the habit. Not for lack of ideas or interest, it’s mostly fear.

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The Inspiration Circle – Nov ’16

I’m scheduling this in advance because my exams are starting today. I don’t know as of now the outcome of my NaNoWriMo stint. Contrary to claims made previously (and personally), I’m no Oracle. However, I am of the opinion that no matter how it ended, I will need a creative pick-me-up after the hours of exhausting effort. If you participated in this manic writing marathon too, I’m sure you will quietly nod your head because you’re too tired to manage even a feeble affirmative. Welcome to the remedy for your depleted creative reserves! Here’s your last chance to stock up on some inspiration before the November clock runs out. Now that we all realised that I will make a horrible salesman, let’s cut to the chase.

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#NaNoWriMo Stage 4

I almost forgot about this post. Well, I’m supposed to be studying, so hopefully that’s a good enough excuse. Anyway, I just wanted to check in with my readers and talk about how my insane NaNoWriMo attempt went. When I was typing my previous post, I honestly didn’t expect the Saturday and Sunday after that to go the way it did. I have one word for that weekend – insane! I was so dazed by the end of it, I had to verify twice that my word count was correct. My fingers were a mess (Still are, in fact, because I haven’t been able to give them the rest they so obviously deserve).

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#NaNoWriMo Stage 3

This one’s just going to be a quick update because I really, really need to get back to writing. Current word count is 15,331 and the impossible goal is looking, well, impossible, at the moment. Sure, it sounded doable last week and it probably still is. But time is the great equaliser, isn’t it? The one thing we all could do with a little bit more and probably waste it if we got it anyway?

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#NaNoWriMo Stage 2 + GIFs

Imagine a rocket lifting off – the vibrations that shake the very foundations of the earth, the almighty roar as the engine blazes to life and the fumes mingled with dust that partially obscures the rocket itself. If you’ve seen it, you know what a majestic sight it offers. You feel a sense of deep relief and awe as it takes off on its calculated course. That was me on the first day of November, hugging my characters with happy tears and addressing the press outside on my soaring success.

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Now the said rocket has veered off course and the happy engineer in the control room is in shambles (not to mention the loss of crores of fictional money). She is furiously trying to recalculate the variables and chart a new course that would enable this wayward rocket to successfully complete its mission. That was when she was struck (the clichéd mad scientist scenario, it would seem) by a glorious, impossible idea.

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#NaNoWriMo Stage 1

I feel like I should be saving my words up for my novel, but of course I couldn’t resist checking in on my favourite readers. Also, I had an epiphany and realised that writing blog posts are much easier than trying to write a fictional chapter. I had no idea I was so out of practice and that third person would feel so unfamiliar to me all of a sudden. Of course, it had to happen in November.

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#NaNoPrep Week 4: Ready for Liftoff

This is the last post and the final Friday before November begins. I know I’m excited deep down, but panic is slowly taking over and pulling me to the dark side. I actually had no idea how to end this series and that horrible, evil thing called doubt is gnawing at me so much that I almost decided to give this post a skip. Yup, this is a bad case. Why are there no Patronus charms for keeping doubt at bay for writers? Cribbing aside, I have very little advice to offer for what I wanted to cover today. I need it as badly (even more, maybe) as you do. So, this is going to be a list pointing to prep resources I have read, liked and will implement someday. (Not entirely unoriginal though, because I can’t resist putting a few words in.)

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#NaNoPrep Week 3: Flex Your Writing Muscles

The third week flew by and the daunting task of NaNoWriMo feels ominously close now. The old NaNoWriMo groups are active again and most writers are talking about taking part in it. There’s an even bigger pool of advice this year – everyone from veterans to newbies seem to be tweeting and blogging about it. However, most of them seem to be addressing only outlining or aspects of planning. In this post, I’m going to direct you to something a lot of people tend to neglect.

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#NaNoPrep Week 2: Be a Plantser

The second week of October is nearing its end and the NaNoWriMo madness is gathering steam. Did you attend the live webinar yesterday? I had to miss a comfortable night’s sleep for that one. But no matter, because I woke up to a holiday, which means I can catch up on the lost hours of sleep.

You might have noticed a few changes to the site this time if you’re a veteran or get thoroughly confused if you’re new around these parts. Today I’ll be taking you through the two schools of writing – the “planner” and “pantser”. But this post will mainly focus on the best of both worlds – how to be a “plantser”.

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#NaNoPrep Week 1: Don’t Panic

October is finally here! For many readers of my blog, it means fall and that Halloween is around the corner. For me and others in my country, it’s time to fill up on a year’s worth of sweets during Navaratri (translation: nine nights) and buy a ton of new stuff (thanks to Amazon, Flipkart and what not). But for several writers across the world, it means that the madness of NaNoWriMo is that much closer.

I’ve done NaNo twice before, but succeeded only once. I also don’t have any published work in my writing résumé, so if you’re thinking that I’ve no business giving out advice, you’re probably right. I’m also not doing this because that’s what most writing blogs are doing right now. This series of posts is as much for me as it is for my readers. I want it to chronicle my preparation and if others do benefit from this, nothing would give me more joy.

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