The Inspiration Circle – Jun ’17

The months ahead are going to be filled with unpredictability. With equal parts dread and hope, I’m stepping into a new phase of life in July. Before I do that, however, I want to put myself in a positive frame of mind. That is why I decided to bring this feature back at this juncture.

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The Quote

The future is completely open and we are writing it moment to moment.

– Pema Chodron

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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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#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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Book Review: DIY MFA

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Title: DIY MFA: Write with Focus, Read with Purpose, Build Your Community

Author: Gabriela Periera

Genre: Writing guide, prescriptive nonfiction

Published by: Writer’s Digest Books

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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Vocab Wednesdays #17

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The Inspiration Circle – July ’16

There’s a reason self-help books sell like hot cakes – it’s because they’re packed with positivity. The fact remains that every once in a while we need a pick-me-up to meet the challenges of life with renewed fervour. While I’d like to live in that ideal world where I am motivated to write daily all by myself, I realised that’s not going to happen any time soon. The result of that line of thought was The Inspiration Circle, which is aimed at providing that extra boost for writers and general readers of my blog.

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The Inspiration Circle – June ’16

Update: I’m trying out a new series of posts that I’d like to turn into a monthly feature.

It’s always hard to come up with post ideas that are fresh, unique and turn out exactly as you pictured it in your head. In all honesty, that is a level of perfection that nobody has ever achieved. Several revisions and editing phases later, a new post looks nothing like the skeletal draft it once was and every truthful author will admit that somewhere in the back of their mind is a nagging voice that whispers it could be better as they hit the ‘Publish’ button. It can be quite a daunting task for a beginner to pay no heed to that voice and make their mark in the ocean of bloggers that the Internet is currently drowning in.

At times, it’s easy to let go and skip a post because of fatigue, other commitments or plain ol’ laziness. I admit that I’ve been guilty of that several times this month, which in turn has left me with quite an average month to look back on in terms of numbers. It’s no secret that blogging consistently and churning out quality content is the only path to success in this field. However, there are days on which it seems utterly insignificant compared to all the other things going on in life. Or maybe you just fell into a writing slump. This is a post tailor-made for those days, to inspire and re-ignite that creative spark.

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