Reem first caught my attention as a picture book author and then when she announced her debut middle-grade novel in verse. It means a lot when someone who juggles as much as she does -not only is she a talented writer but also a great photographer and mom of three- takes the time to offer… Continue reading An interview with Reem Faruqi
Below is a list of free mentorships specifically for writers from diverse/underrepresented backgrounds. As a recipient of one of the below mentorships, I truly appreciate the efforts made by these individuals and organizations to help us in our dream of creating a more realistic representation of the world we live in through the books we… Continue reading #FreeWriterResources: Mentorships- Part 2
As a writer who lives so far away from the publishing hubs of the world (which also happens to be in a country with a very unfavourable dollar exchange rate, sigh!), I am in awe of how many ways there are to still learn and improve your craft without having to spend huge amounts of… Continue reading #FreeWriterResources: Mentorships- Part 1
This year I thought I'll focus on an overall plan when it comes to my writing. So that when a low hits, it will help me stay focused on the long game. And as any writer would know, this is a loooong game.
Hi! I’m Thushanthi and I’m a writer from Sri Lanka. Thank you for visiting my blog! A bit about me I live in Colombo, where I’ve lived all my life, with my husband and two kids. I did my degree in Management and prior to being a stay-at-home mom, I have worked in PR, branding,… Continue reading #MGWaves: An ocean of possibility
I have been following all the seasonal writing contests in the past few months but I haven't participated in any. I felt that I didn't have a well of inspiration to draw from, having grown up in a country that doesn't experience the seasons nor celebrates Halloween. But when I saw some posts floating around… Continue reading Raya’s Really Important Role!
I just finished reading Elizabeth Gilbert's 'Big Magic'. It introduces us to the notion that creativity is a relationship we must cultivate, treat with awe and respect, and sometimes even give into or let go of (though not forever!). If you're a creator, I'd recommend you buy a copy of this and keep by your… Continue reading Don’t miss out on the party
As I attempt writing my own MG novel, I am drawn to researching more of them, specifically highly acclaimed ones. It's been a long time since I read middle grade fiction, and my teen years were comprised of reading Sweet Valley Twins, Nancy Drew & Hardy Boys books. I do remember being thrilled with the… Continue reading Displacement, Diversity & Identity
#NaNoWriMo fever has reached me! I couldn’t help but feel the heady excitement of all the hopes and dreams of the writers I follow on Twitter. It made me feel that I should allow for some hoping and dreaming too. So here I am, resurrecting a short story that I won a competition with when… Continue reading ‘Announcing’ my goal
It's been 6 months since I wrote my very first picture book draft! I know that means I'm basically an infant when it comes to experience, but for some reason, this is not an excuse I'm using this time. Because unlike paper qualifications, I truly believe being a good writer is something you just are.… Continue reading Six months later.