My Experience With #BlogchatterEbook Carnival
‘Writer? Me? Oh my god, Piyush, I have no creativity at all and can’t write to save my life. And here you are telling me to write a poem and present it on stage!’
The first thing I did to pursue my newfound hobby, was, of course, to start a blog. I did not have much success with my blog for nearly a year, mainly because I did not bother about SEO or keywords or back-links or any of those things. I did not submit articles to any other popular sites where bloggers usually write. Initially, there were just fifteen to twenty page-visits every day for my blog. Sometimes it would dip to something as low as eight or nine. Once in a while, it would shoot up to thirty or forty.
But I saw little by way of concrete success as a blogger. I continued posting because I had fallen in love with writing. After that, I participated in the Super Blogger Challenge 2018 and became friendly with several bloggers in that forum. I heard about the Blogchatter A to Z blogging festival and the #BlogchatterEbook carnival from some of my fellow contestants there.
I have always hated the fact that I have often been accused of having a poor imagination. I had an innate desire to prove that this is not the case. Until that point, my blog did not have any posts that could come under the head of imaginative or creative writing.
When I heard about the #BlogchatterEbook carnival I decided to take the opportunity to indulge in some creative writing. After giving it some thought, I decided to write a novella in the thriller fiction genre and present it in the #BlogchatterEbook carnival to see if that turned out to be a success. That would tell me if I really lack imagination as charged. Mind you, I am not a nut-job suffering from a persecution complex. In fact, I have been appreciated phenomenally in school for my academic excellence.
But I did feel I would so love to write a complete story and put an end to what I have been hearing since childhood. I have always heard that if you want to write a book you have to have the plot, the characters etc, laid out clearly in your mind before you begin writing. Well, I tried to do this but could think of nothing and almost gave up the idea.
Then I told myself: ‘To hell with thinking up plots. I will just start writing and see where that gets me.’ I picked up my laptop and simply penned the first chapter of my novella which had just five paragraphs. And the rest of it flowed. And in two weeks I had a complete novella ready. I sent the document to my friends Krishna Kumar Subramanian and my sister Sudha Somanathan. Both of them told me it was really good. That was how my first e-book ‘Eighty Hours To Save Karen‘ was born.
The #BlogchatterEbook carnival has changed the priorities in my life and helped me prove to myself that if not a brilliant one, I do possess an above average imagination. At least that is what the reviews of my e-book seem to suggest. I now know for a fact that I do have the skills to write creatively.
In all humility, I understand that I have a long way to go before I can write like a true professional. Come to think of it, when I read some of the e-books published in the carnival, I had to admit to myself that several authors whose books I read had far superior writing skills compared to me. At the moment I am going through the learning phase
Ebook2: I pass on the Baton of Blogchatter EBook Carnival to Lancelot whose ebook ‘The Alphabets of Life – for mortals‘ is also part of the mix.
About Lancelot’s ebook: “The Alphabets of Life” is a collection of rare and unusual words which are related to experiences and emotions we go through every day. How these experiences can help one avoid making the wrong call and doing the right thing forms the crux of this journey.