Category: Writing

Some Interesting Updates (Reasons for why you saw less of me lately in the blogosphere!)

Hello everyone!

It’s been quite some time since I last visited most of your blogs and you probably didn’t even notice till NOW (psssst!) but well, I’m here to remind you… 🙂

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Lately I’ve been getting a lot of mails regarding content-writing (which I’ve got myself involved into from January 2015) and also for reviewing a lot of books, so finally I decided to have review contributors for my baby-blog The Reading Bud. I had no clue as to how to ask anyone so I just posted a small message that I’m looking for review contributors for my book-blog on Goodreads’ RMFAO (my book club) and on TRB’s Facebook. I’ve already received a few participants and I’ve selected 2 out of them, but I’m willing to have more people as there are a lot of review-requests.

Wait… right now I’m wondering “why the heck did I not post it on my blogs?”… duh! No worries, I’ll do it now…

I’m in need of a reviewer/contributor who’ll help me review titles that my blog, The Reading Bud, receives for reviewing.

It doesn’t matter whether you already have a blog or not. The only thing I’m looking for is the will to read and review books honestly.

If you are new to reviewing then don’t worry, I’ll help you with the process and everything.

Contact me at: thereadingbud@gmail.com

That said and done, I have a good news… nope! not that! God! It’s something related to writing… 😉

Felicia of Thoughtful Minds United has promoted me to the position of Editor on her blog. I’ve been a writer at TMU since last 4 months (you can read my articles here) and now I’m one of the editors. For those of you who don’t know, Thoughtful Minds United is a blog by Felicia, where a number of writers from around the world come together and create awesome content and lately we’ve started proving services as well. If you haven’t already checked it out then please visit it here.

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If you are interested in guest-posting on TMU then please Contact Me.

Another update is that I’ve raised my bar a bit high in fitness and have started walk/jogging 7 kms daily… 🙂

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So this is what is keeping me from visiting all your blogs! I’m really missing all your awesome posts! I guess I’ll be free in another week and then will visit all the blogs and check out what you all have been upto these past few days…. be ready to have your notifications getting flooded next week 😉

Have a great week ❀

Guest Post: SUPPORT By R. M. Ridley

Hello dear readers! Please welcome my first Guest-Blogger, Mr. R. M. Ridley: Writer of Fantasy and Horror and the author of  Tomorrow Wendell. 

A couple of months ago, through my blog The Reading Bud, I had the pleasure of reading his book and I was totally spellbound by it’s fascinating plot. 

Visit his blog Creativity From Chaos to know more about him.

Presenting R. M. Ridley…

When Heena asked me to do a guest blog post I was honored, delighted, and completely at a loss. What did I know about writing? What made me an expert in any way? How could I claim to hold profound knowledge previously untold?

The answer is that I don’t.

What I do have is a smattering of experience backed up by a lot of support. And maybe that is the key. Maybe that is what I should share—support.

With the help of McKeena Gardener, my editor at Xchyler Publishing, I am putting together a collection of my short stories set in my White Dragon Black world, for an anthology titled ‘Blondes, Books,& Bourbon’ (April release).

Continue reading “Guest Post: SUPPORT By R. M. Ridley”

Save that IDEA!


Most of the times we just keep the ideas in our mind and think that we don’t have enough ideas to start writing, but guess what, all you’re doing is killing all those ideas that your mind already has! Trust me, you’ll never really have enough ideas to make you get up and start writing and even if you do get to writing after you’ve got a lot of ideas, it’ll be too late and you’ll end up forgetting most of them.

The key is to write down the ideas as soon as one pops up in your mind or try to write it down ASAP! Do not take your ideas for granted.Save that IDEA

You might think that it is not as important as I’m trying to project it but wait for a second and think again. Have you ever thought about an excellent idea and thought “wow, now that’s a good idea!” but you don’t write it down thinking that you’ll remember it and will be able to recall it later whenever you want.

Guess what, that’s never going to happen, because when you don’t take the pain to write it down, the idea starts disintegrating. Later when you’ll try to recall it, the best you ‘ll be able to do is recall some fragments of it and that too only if you’re lucky enough.

Sometimes, while working on one topic, I get a dozen ideas for other topics simultaneously. I know it can be messy, but still I try and take a page and note down whatever comes to my mind. I prefer to use post it as I can just put it on my work desk and won’t forget to work on them.

Some simple options to collect ideas:

  1. Smartphones: Almost everyone has one but some people are really lazy when it comes to using the smartphones for smart purposes. I use Samsung Galaxy Note-4 and I use it to the fullest. I have around 200 notes that I made over a period of just a few months and more often than not they help me outlining a story, a scrib and even a blog post. I’ve written a full-length novel using around 100 or so such notes, so yeah, they do work. I can’t even imagine myself not penning down my thoughts If at all I would have ignored it I would have been struggling to remember those ideas till now.10320216-cartoon-illustration-showing-a-generic-smartphone-with-a-smiling-face
  2. Post It Notes: These little cutie pies are truly amazeballs when it comes to writing ideas in short. They are so beautiful and I have them in every size and colour! The walls of my study room are full of these post-its and I feel so happy just looking at them. For easy access, I keep at least q post-it in every room with a small pen.
    Try to do this and you’ll be amazed to see how any ideas you can collect.
  3. Small Diaries: If you can’t make use of your smartphones then try and keep a small diary and a small pencil or pen in you pocket at all times. Really, Am I kidding? Absolutely Not! You are a writer (or if you want to be) then start acting like one. I always have my sling bag and various loose papers and small notebooks with me along with at least 2 pens. You never know when you can get hit by a brilliant idea that can potentially change your life (no kidding!)3900113-560258-paper-vector-notebook-with-small-pen
  4. Try and be resourceful! If you’re in a hotel, ask the waiter for a pen and write down on a tissue! (I’ve done this a number of times.) If you’re going somewhere and have no paper, then stop at a stationary and get one. I mean, how hard can it be to get a paper and a pen (not to forget your amaing smartphones and tablets.)

If you have your little ideas in order then you can write freely for hours and hours. Noting down your ideas can save you from the worst problem that a writer faces- “Writer’s Block“. I believe that if you have all your ideas with you, there are fewer chances that you’ll ever have a writer’s block long enough to demoralize you.

Everyone has IDEAS but not everyone

Ideas are the soul of one’s writing. Without them, you’ll be sitting with a blank paper. So next time note down your ideas as soon as you can.

Have a great day 🙂