Saturday, April 11, 2015

life lately

Enjoying:

-Insightful conversations with family
-Practicing dance 
-5 mile runs with my baby brother
-Rewatching old movies with my sister
-Celebrating friends' exciting moments
-Reading as much as possible



Blowouts with these amazing ladies in preparation for Match Day



Mili's gorgeous entrance




My mom on her wedding day



Celebrating our marriage license


My sister's first time at the Sundial, a rooftop restaurant/bar that overlooks Atlanta

Friday, April 10, 2015

failure is just information: an enlightening view on revisions and setbacks in writing

"As a writer, a failure is just information. It’s something that I’ve done wrong in writing, or is inaccurate or unclear. I recognize failure—which is important; some people don’t—and fix it, because it is data, it is information, knowledge of what does not work. That’s rewriting and editing.
With physical failures like liver, kidneys, heart, something else has to be done, something fixable that’s not in one’s own hands. But if it’s in your hands, then you have to pay very close attention to it, rather than get depressed or unnerved or feel ashamed. None of that is useful. It’s as though you’re in a laboratory and you’re working on an experiment with chemicals or with rats, and it doesn’t work. It doesn’t mix. You don’t throw up your hands and run out of the lab. What you do is you identify the procedure and what went wrong and then correct it. If you think of [writing] simply as information, you can get closer to success."

Thursday, April 2, 2015

how to stretch those writing muscles


Have you ever had a lot of time away from your writing? Do you have any go-to methods that get you back into the rhythm of weaving words? 

Over the past couple of months, I've been on rotations that entailed thirteen hour days in the hospital. Any free time was used to wedding plan or make some career decisions. (After months of going back and forth, I decided not to pursue my M.P.H. at my dream program and will be doing that after my residency training, which I'll be doing at my favorite program in my favorite city!)

After years of studying, little sleep, and hours in the hospital, I'm thrilled for the months ahead, time with people I love, and space to write and think and create. 

One of my constant hardships, my Achilles heel, is maintaining a creative way of thinking in the midst of exhaustion. Those writing muscles have a way of atrophying after long periods of disuse. I still have a lot to learn and have realized that some things help me ease back into the  right mindset:

1. Connecting with other writers: 
Writers tend to be a supportive bunch and being in touch with them always keeps me motivated and encouraged. I also get a chance to help someone with a query letter or chapter. 

2. Reading poetry:
Poetry defies grammar rules and structures that are normally imposed in other types of writing. It shows me that entire experiences can be captured in a few words.

3. Re-reading old work:
Time is the best way to view a piece of work with fresh perspective. 

4. Studying books:
I'm always amazed by how authors construct characters and worlds that pull readers in. Often, this makes me a passive reader, one who sits back and enjoys the story. I need to go back through books to really study them and pick them apart. 

link love



*"I write to find out what I have to say. I edit to figure out how to say it right." 
Cheryl Strayed for the NYTimes

*Laws around the world that are holding women back

*Why every writer needs two educations 

*An illness that is often overlooked in teenage girls

*A powerful, uplifting video by Deepika Padukone about the choices every woman has 





Tuesday, March 17, 2015

learning by yourself



"You can get help from teachers, but you are going to have to learn a lot by yourself, sitting alone in a room."

THEODORE GEISEL


"Good writing is always about things that are important to you, things that are scary to you, things that eat you up." 
JOHN EDGAR WIDEMAN

What you are will show, ultimately. Start now, every day, becoming, in your actions, your regular actions, what you would like to become in the bigger scheme of things.” 
Brain Pickings

Thursday, March 12, 2015

characters

Do you enjoy books with multiple points of view? Last year, I realized there was another prominent voice in my manuscript: my main character's mother. 

It could be the combination of planning my own wedding and an innate curiosity towards the concept of marriage but suddenly, it seemed clear. My M.C.'s mother had a want. A voice.

Sometimes, I've had to learn to simply surrender, allow things to take their natural course, and be patient with the process. 

Now it's a matter of learning more about her and giving her story justice. 

Nandini had observed this part of her husband’s bedtime routine during their first week of marriage, when they were still strangers, aware of their inevitable intimacy.