Thursday, August 20, 2015

Blogging Rituals That Make Me A Better Blogger

I'm a slave to my moods. 

This makes me an inconsistent blogger despite my best efforts to stick to a schedule. From planners to apps, I've tried everything to beat this inconsistency with no luck. Coming back from my hiatus, something I learnt was that writing was not the hard part. The hardest part for me, was starting
“I couldn’t write. I grew tense. I was strangled by my own ego, by my petty desire for what I perceived to be the literary brass ring. I was missing the point, of course. The reward is in the doing.”
Once I do start writing however, it's like a massive endorphin rush. That feeling of contentment and accomplishment is unlike anything I've felt.
“To forget oneself-to lose oneself in the music, in the moment- that kind of absorption seems to be at the heart of every creative endeavor.” 
I  have always scorned writing rituals as something for the eccentric [never mind, that I'm pretty eccentric myself ;) ]. But this realization that my problem lies at the commencement and not the actual process of writing, motivated me to look more closely at blogging and writing rituals. Writing/blogging rituals are those small feel-good acts that help you write without much conscious thought - The small acts that eliminate the self-doubt, crush the writer's block and spur one to start writing. Today, I'm excited to share a couple of rituals that I adopted to make my blogging life a little easier.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

August Must-Reads: Fanfiction and Retellings

Title: The Wrath and the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn #1)
Author: Renee Ahdieh 
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Release Date: May 12th 2015 



My love affair with YA has been going on for over two years. But it was starting to lose its appeal.
Thankfully, Renee Ahdieh's The Wrath and The Dawn came along and revived my love for YA literature.

How does one even begin to articulate the kind of feeling a book like this evokes? But I'll try.

Monday, August 3, 2015

10 Truths No One Tells You About Blogging

Starting a blog is possibly one of the best decisions I've ever made. 

Over the years, I picked up and dropped a variety of hobbies but the most life changing one is blogging. It started out on a boring afternoon as  an effort to entertain myself during my first job. Two years later, it has evolved into a platform to meet and inspire people across the globe while growing as a person. Not only has blogging forced me to become a better writer but it has also opened up countless windows of opportunities for which I'm thankful. Waking up to a positive comment on the blog or a simple word of encouragement on Twitter is undoubtedly the highlight of my day. But like everything else in life, there are definitely some less than amazing aspects to blogging. 

Today's post is an attempt to give aspiring bloggers a peek behind the curtain while also sharing how bloggers can embrace these daily struggles.

Spoiler: Blogging is not for the faint-hearted.