March 4, 2020 is the IWSG posting day for writers for this month! IWSG is such an encouraging space for writers.
The Purpose of this wonderful group of writers is : To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!
Would you like to be a part of the group? Then sign up here.
I did know of one such person, whose little journal I happened to read almost thirty years ago. I speak of my father, who loved writing poetry, some of which I discovered in a stack of old books.
As they say, a story that is never read is never told. In that sense, it’s amazing to see writing dreams materialize. There is a reader, somewhere, for every writer.
However, in this maze, that we call the internet and the social media it is also very easy to lose sight of your writing dream. On your journey to becoming a writer, you need to ask yourself, if you have taken the diversion and moved on to becoming an influencer or somebody who is likely to get noticed sooner. Are you, still on the path that you had chosen for yourself or have you allowed yourself to get carried away?
We may as well accept that writing doesn’t really help you make a living. That is for a very tiny percentage of authors. It might just be you tomorrow, but until that happens, quick money and quick fame is likely to lure us all. While there is nothing wrong in making a living off something else, we may do well to ask ourselves a few questions.
- Am I inching towards my writing dream or have I confused it/given it up for something else?
- Am I making time for genuine reading/writing?
- Am I spending too much time in trying to get noticed and too little in writing?
We all have different goals, but I would like to believe that our writing goals are the same. And in lieu of those, I do hope we can check ourselves when and if need be.
On a personal front, I experimented by staying off social media for a part of the last month. It did increase my productivity. I was able to manage a collection of fifteen of my poems and compiled them on juggernaut. You may check them on the Juggernaut App, titled ‘Life,Women and Everything in Between’.
On the work front I managed to finish off two long, pending assignments. It was also a month dedicated to good reading.
The question for this month is:
March 4 question – Other than the obvious holiday traditions, have you ever included any personal or family traditions/customs in your stories?
Surprisingly, I have made references to family anecdotes in my stories and poems, but no tradition/ custom that I may have mentioned as such. But this is such a wonderful idea and a great way to archive a family practice.
March is all about spring here in India, and I do wish it turns out to be the spring of the writing season as well! Happy writing peeps!