One of the best things that happened to me as a writer was being invited to a critique group. I'm usually shy with new people (can you imagine?!) and having never lived out of Sri Lanka, I don't have many foreign friends. I was apprehensive, and all those middle-grade feelings came up- will I fit… Continue reading It’s always better when we’re together: An inside look at a picture book critique group
A few years before I got married the song 'God bless the broken road' by Rascall Flatts was really popular. I loved the song and lyrics so much that it was one of my top choices for my future first dance song. By the time I eventually got married, this song had been so overused… Continue reading On all roads leading to the same place
I used to look at those who labeled themselves as 'creative' rather enviously. There seemed to be a certain air about them. In Sri Lanka, the CCs (Cool Creatives as I called them) would wear dangly earrings and loose flowy clothing, sport multiple piercings/nose rings/tattoos, stylish flat sandals, have long, wavy hair, and smoke. They… Continue reading Do you ‘look’ creative?
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