Creative writing

As the weather becomes grayer…

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Hello, Write Edge readers! What a gray, gray day in Central Illinois today. It reminded me of my years living in the Pacific Northwest. Summers were beautiful (as you can see from the header image above,) but winters provided a challenge because of the endless stretches of rainy weather without the sun appearing for weeks, and sometimes months on end. Today reminded me of those years.

Sometimes, though, the grayness can be a blessing. It can offer a blanket above us to keep us from being distracted from our life passions. The sunshine is beautiful, invigorating even, and also enticing. It can lure us away from the big goals. You know, those pursuits that make us wake up first thing in the morning with excitement or that sustain us through — what else? — gray days.

That takes us to today’s motivational quote. Once again, it’s about writing, but, really, you could substitute anything for “writing” and the quote could apply. The point is, anything worth having is worth working for.

“Writing something is almost as hard as making a table. With both you are working with reality, a material just as hard as wood. Basically very little magic and a lot of hard work are involved.”—Gabriel Garcia Marquez

And now for today’s short story. I came across this writing prompt the other day, and it immediately brought to mind my novel. Although I’m knee-deep in my second draft, I wanted to share a scene with you that is an extra. This isn’t in the book and won’t be, but it provides a little insight into the story. Here’s a quick excerpt:

The sun cleared the tops of the buildings in the village square. For a moment Quinn stopped and blinked against the morning light. How could a new day start with such terrible news?

Hmm. Maybe sun-filled days aren’t necessarily the best after all. 😀 In any case, you can find the full piece now on The Write Edge Writing Workshop! Be sure to let me know what you think of this little peek into the world I’m building one page at a time for publication someday.

In the middle of the week, I’ll come back with a new book review. A few weeks ago, I went to an event at our local library and picked up a free copy of Lisa Scottoline’s latest novel Someone Knows. Come back on Wednesday to find out what I thought of this thriller.

And, at the end of the week, it’s back to my world in pictures — Instagram! Check out older posts using my handle, @EktaRGarg, or by visiting my Facebook author page (where you’ll also get other fun content that I don’t post on Twitter or Instagram.)

That’s a wrap for this evening, readers! Have a great night!



A little something extra to keep you warm

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Hello, Write Edge readers! It’s Wednesday, and, yes, I know I was supposed to be here two days ago for you. Between the kids having the day off on Monday for Veteran’s Day, the snow coming down in torrents, and me working on my novel…well, it was a day when some things (like meeting my novel writing goals for the week) got done and others didn’t.

It’s still pretty cold here in Central Illinois, and as meteorologists tell us most of the country is experiencing some sort of chilly effects (even if that means it’s 60 degrees where you’d normally have 80!) To that end, I thought I’d give you something a little extra to keep you warm — all the content I would have normally posted so far in the week here today.

First, this week’s motivational quote. Hey, just ’cause it’s Wednesday doesn’t mean we couldn’t use a little bit of inspiration, right? Hopefully, writers, it’ll make you smile and also think at the same time:

“The writer who breeds

More words than he needs

Is making a chore

For the reader who reads.”—Dr. Seuss

Next, I’m posting this week’s short story. I know, I know, it’s not Monday — what’s UP with all this? 😀 Well, like I said, it’s an extra-content kind of day. And it’s the kind of day where we could use some warm fuzzies. This story, believe it or not, is inspired by a true story of people who helped out at a Waffle House recently. It’s reassuring to know there’s still kindness in the world.

Here’s an excerpt:

Julie ran a rag over the countertop in a half-hearted motion. She yawned, which made Cam yawn. Brenda tried to stifle her yawn with her fist, but she couldn’t. That made Cam yawn again, and all three of them laughed.

Read the full story now on The Write Edge Writing Workshop!

Next, I’ve got a brand new book review for you. I’m normally not a fan of books or stories in the horror genre, but occasionally I’ll come across something that catches my eye. This week that’s Horrible Writing: 10 Horror Stories You Probably Shouldn’t Read by Daniel Charles Wild. Here’s the opening to my post:

A product that helps people come back to life after death. Two iconic American monuments battling one another. Choosing between love and uncertainty or stability and loneliness in parallel universes. Author Daniel Charles Wild mines these innovative concepts and more in ten excellent standalone pieces in his new collection Horrible Writing: 10 Horror Stories You Probably Shouldn’t Read.

Read the full review now on The Write Edge Bookshelf!

And finally…no, I’m not posting this week’s Growth Chart early. But you can come back on Friday for my latest parenting adventures. See you then, readers, and stay warm!


And we’re into November!

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Hello, Write Edge readers! Can you believe it, the penultimate month of the year? (I love that word, “penultimate.” It just sounds so fun when you say it. :D) In other words, we’re almost to Thanksgiving. Which is almost to December. And Christmas. And family and good food and time off…and snow. Okay, so maybe I’m not a big fan of everything this time of year has to offer, but there are plenty of good things.

Like good writing. I’ve been going gangbusters on my novel, and I’m having way more fun than should be allowed. I get excited to sit in front of my computer every day, and I’m grinning when I’m done. So, hopefully, if this novel ever gets sold and published, you’ll be able to enjoy all the excitement with me. But in the meantime, I have plenty of other good content to keep you engaged.

First, this week’s motivational quote. I love this in particular, because it’s a reminder that most events in our day are really not going to make or break us. They may discourage us; they may motivate us to shoot higher. But in the end, it’s what we do with those events that determines whether our dreams come true.

“If you get a great review, it’s really thrilling for about ten minutes. If you get a bad review, it’s really crushing for ten minutes. Either way, you go on.”—Ann Patchett

Next, this week’s short story. If you read it, you’ll know that I was having way too much fun envisioning this scenario. I don’t know if my friend in law enforcement would nod his head at the fact that it sounds somewhat plausible or just roll his eyes at me. Either way, it was a blast to write. Here’s an excerpt:

Clara pushed past me and ripped her purse open at the same time. She held up her gun. My heart was pumping so hard, I was afraid I’d die of cardiac arrest right there. Forget the backup, I needed an ambulance.

Read the full story now on The Write Edge Writing Workshop!

On Wednesday, I’ll offer you a brand new book review. This time I’m sharing my thoughts on the upcoming release The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell. Find my thoughts in the middle of the week on The Write Edge Bookshelf!

And on Friday, we’re back to Instagram posts. There are some dreary days lined up for Central Illinois this week, as for much of the country, so I hope my posts brighten up your day. Find older Insta-pics with my handle @EktaRGarg or on my Facebook author page (where you’ll also find other fun content that I don’t post anywhere else.)

Have a fantastic week, readers!