Musical Inspirations For Fantasy

If you’ve read my AUPQ response before, you might remember that music is a very big part of my writing process. Songs can stick in my mind for a long time and entire novels can be built off a single lyric or the vibes of a melody. I also like to put together playlists thatContinue reading “Musical Inspirations For Fantasy”

AUPQ: Strengths And Weaknesses As Writers

Hello everyone, a reminder that next month’s theme is Countries We Write In and we want to see your city and day to day writing life, so share your photos with us! Today, Zainab wants to know: What would you say are your strongest and weakest points in writing?? Is it world building? Character? Plot?ThankContinue reading “AUPQ: Strengths And Weaknesses As Writers”

Outlining with Music.

Previously we had a question about how music influences our writing (Ask us questions post) and my answer stands, I love music and I have a playlist for each WIP. But one of the things I have done lately is adding a song below each chapter. I absolutely love hearing the playlists and songs someContinue reading “Outlining with Music.”

Working Full Time & Writing.

Life is busy.  For this post I wanted to talk about what it’s like to work full time and have time to write.  I am not sure if I had mentioned it in one of my older posts, but for my day job I work full time as an engineer for a company. To giveContinue reading “Working Full Time & Writing.”

Why I Write Romance Novels

This is my first solo post! So hello, everyone–I’m Swati Hegde, a 26-year-old romance author from Bangalore, India. I’ve lived in India my whole life, and my writing almost always features Indian cities as the main setting. Which is interesting, because most traditionally published contemporary novels in the US are not set outside of America,Continue reading “Why I Write Romance Novels”

AUPQ: Can Writers Contest Agent Rejection?

Hello everyone! On today’s post, joining us in answer is our newest contributor on the team! We’re excited for you to meet her. You can visit the Contributors Bio for more info and keep an eye out for her introductory post this month. Now from a previous Roadside Cafe, Erica asked a question in theContinue reading “AUPQ: Can Writers Contest Agent Rejection?”

R&R: My Experience

Last week, while I was brainstorming which theme I should write about for this post, I worked on the edition of an interview I did with author Anna Orenstein-Cardona for the Las Musas blog. During our conversation, we talked about Anna’s soon to be published picture book, The Tree of Hope, and she also sharedContinue reading “R&R: My Experience”

Storytelling Like Pixar

What’s your favourite Pixar movie? Because I’m sure almost everyone will have one. As a big fan of Disney’s traditional animation style, I was truly offended when Pixar burst onto the scene and changed the face of animation with Toy Story, but now I am a convert. More than the animation (which is fantastic), whatContinue reading “Storytelling Like Pixar”

AUPQ: How Do You Plan Writing Breaks?

Today, Forley wants to know: What are your views on writing breaks while working on a book? How often do you take them? How long before you start to lose touch with the story? Hmm, this is a tricky question for me. For as long as I can remember writing, I haven’t taken real breaksContinue reading “AUPQ: How Do You Plan Writing Breaks?”

Keep your head up.

Has anyone given you the advice: keep honing your craft? I have seen this response in a few form query rejection replies. I used to get hurt by seeing these responses because I would automatically think I was not enough, and that was the agent’s professional way of saying ‘you suck’. Dramatic much? Yeah, probably.Continue reading “Keep your head up.”