Creative writing

New Instagram pics to share!

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Hello, Write Edge readers! It’s another Friday of Instagram posts for me. Check out the latest pics to join my profile, including what book I’m #readingnotreviewing this week, what picture I put up as my #personalpost, and what’s going on in my world as I’m #writingmynovel. Find me on the app by my handle, @EktaRGarg.

Not on Instagram? No problem! You can check out the posts on my author page on Facebook!

Have a great weekend, readers, and Happy Easter to those of you observing the holiday!



The midway point of April

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Hello, Write Edge readers! It’s Tax Day, and I think CPAs are the only people on the planet who would call it their favorite day of the year — and that too because the bulk of their work is done. Most of us are probably fairly glum about what we have to pay in taxes, so it’s a great opportunity to do some fun reading. And what better place than to start right here on The Write Edge? :>

Let’s get right into it then! First is this week’s motivational quote. Once again it’s writing-related, but I think it’s easily adapted to any life passion. The point is, you have to keep working at it, diligently, with intention, every day, if you want to succeed. Check it out:

“Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.” — Louis L’Amour, American novelist

Now, on to the rest of our regularly-scheduled content. First comes this week’s short fiction. I saw the prompt and grinned. While the short story format doesn’t give me much space to do so, I could see potential for expanding a story idea into something really cool. Here’s an excerpt:

Heddie went to the end of the lunch line for personnel and grabbed a tray. One thing that hadn’t changed much in 2029 in Alabama was the quality of food for prisoners. Supposedly the employees who ran the facility got slightly better eats, but Heddie had yet to see it in her four years as a manager.

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

In the middle of the week, I’ll share a brand new book review with you. Last week saw the release of the YA novel How to Make Friends with the Dark by Kathleen Glasgow. On Wednesday I’ll let you know what I thought of the book. Find that review in two days on The Write Edge Bookshelf!

Finally, I’ve been having a blast with Instagram. It’s been fun trying to visualize my world while thinking of them as stories all at the same time. This Friday I’ll post new pics. In the meantime, don’t forget to see what I’m up to on the app. You can find me @ektargarg.

Have a fantastic week, readers!


April with a bang!

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Hello, Write Edge readers! I’ve begun the second week of April with a bang. Last week I attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Writers’ Institute. I learned a lot, met many wonderful writers, interacted with amazing instructors, registered for a six-month mentoring program for my novel (!!!), and won second place in the contest held by the conference organizers for the best first pages of a story.

Needless to say, I’m smiling a lot these days.

The contest win belongs, in part, to all of you, my wonderful readers. Through your kindness and willingness to read the blog, I’ve been able to get better at my craft. I hope to continue to do you proud.

And now, on to our regularly-scheduled program. :>

For those of you pursuing life passions and big goals, I have a great quote for you to spur you on this week.

“The best way to have a good idea is to have a lot of ideas.”—Linus Pauling, American chemist and peace activist

My life passion, of course, is writing. Here’s an excerpt of this week’s new short fiction.

The absence of lamplight and a glow from the moon made the building take on subtle shadows. She squinted for a moment and cocked her head, thinking. Could she really do this? Could she leave the most precious part of her here on the doorstep?

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

In the middle of the week, I’ll share a new book review with you. This Wednesday it’s another World War II story with a slight twist. Find out what I thought of The Things We Cannot Say by Kelly Rimmer on The Write Edge Bookshelf.

Finally, on Friday, we go back to parenting adventures. Wonder what the girls and I have been up to these last few weeks? Come find out at the end of the week on Growth Chart!

Thanks again for all the love and support, readers. Here’s to more writing successes that I can share with all of you! Enjoy the lovely weather this week. :>