Thank you to each and every one of you for deciding to follow me! Now let's get better acquainted!
My name is Kaleigh and I write stories in A minor--action packed with an underlying hint of ominous tension. I love a great tragic hero and my works are generally set in the near future, but heavily rooted history, mythology, theology, and anthropology. I just completed the first book in my Collapse series, titled Wild Things Will Roam. It's been released to betas and, once their feedback is in, will be sent off to editing and then querying.
Everything I know about the process "after you finish writing a book," has come from the amazing folks I've met in the #writingcommunity on Instagram and Twitter, so if you have questions, please ask! I'd love to pay any information I can forward or, at the very least, learn alongside you!
I also recently started a blog (link in bio!) about the writing process, the evolution of belief, and my personal beliefs and observations. Check it out and let me know what you think.
Now it's your turn! Tell me a little about yourselves in the comments! I can't wait to meet you! 💚
आज यादें याद आ रही हैं
बीती शाम जैसी,
जिनमें पूरा पर्व समाया होता था,
जहाँ फ़ाल्गुन की होली के रंग
आसमान में रंगे दिख जाते थे,
जहाँ सुबह की धूप सेंकने पर
चुभन महसूस नहीं होती थी,
जहाँ चाँद हमारे साथ आगे बढ़ता
हम मुड़ते तो वह भी मुड़ता
हम जागते तो वह भी जागता,
आँख मूँदते ही वह किसी नवजात शिशु सा
हमारी ही पलकों में सिमट कर
यादें आ रही हैं ठीक वैसी
जैसे पायल के घुँघरू से
तुम्हारे आने की आवाज़ चख ली जाती थी,
उस पायल की छन-छन से
हृदय की गति माप ली जाती थी,
आँख मूँद कर
पायल के पदचिन्हों को देख
तुम्हारे साथ हो लिया जाता था,
और तुम्हारे साथ होने का अहसास
किसी को बताये बिन
भीतर ही संजों लिया जाता था,
ये यादें नए रूप को समेटे
हर घड़ी हमारे साथ
हमसे कुछ दो पल आगे बढ़ती रहती हैं,
हर क्षण हमसे ठिठोली भी करती हैं
पर भावुक होने पर तुम्हारा चित्र
मन के कैनवस पर इस प्रकार रचती हैं
जैसे किसी प्रबुद्ध चित्रकार द्वारा
बना दी गयी हो तुम
मोहिनीअट्टम की मुद्रा लिए
पुनः अमृत रूपी प्रेम को बचाने
याद से, मन के कैनवस की ओर
जहाँ यादें भी याद आती हैं।।
This particular piece of writing, entitled 'Of the Unrequited' is dated 30th December, 2010 in my Facebook Notes.
In actuality, it predates that as well. I no longer remember when I wrote it, my best guess would be 2008, maybe. A full decade.
I still connect with it. And I still try to understand my frame of mind when I wrote it.
I also look at myself with disappointment and chagrin at being unable to write anymore. At least write in a way that I associate any manner of pride with.
Kher. Mulahiza farmaiyay.
Jaam nosh farmaiyay.
Bus, jaiyay. .
Writing a novel is weird. And so, so often, there’s this bizarre idea that to do it successfully, you need to be ‘gifted with words’ or ‘visited by the muse’, which, to be honest, is hugely unhelpful if you want to go about doing it yourself.
The writer and all round champ that is Tim Clare said in his podcast ‘Death of 1000 Cuts’ that it’s total bollocks that people believe you can’t teach creative writing. When I realised this, I was mind-blown. Honestly; it hadn’t actually crossed my mind that the very first time I put pen to paper, it might be a bit crap, but that it might not ALWAYS be crap.
Brilliant books get published every day, and some books get published and aren’t that brilliant, but they’re doing it for someone. There’s a lot of pretentiousness in the writing world, and in a way, I get it. When you’re trying to do something as abstract as constructing a fictional world and hanging out with made up characters for hours each day, it’s hard to articulate how you do that without becoming coy or falling into cliches.
In fact, these pictures are all the way you’ll most likely see me. Mainly laughing. Or suffocating a dog.
But, when I started writing my novel (full disclosure: nowhere near finished) I found it really frustrating when authors would reply to the question: ‘how do you come up with ideas?’ with the answer: ‘I don’t know. I simply think of it’ or ‘the characters just walked into my head.’ Babez, come on.
Luckily, there are some awesome writers who demystify this whole writing thing and share how they went from deciding to write a novel to, you know, actually writing it. I’ve just published a pretty hefty post about what I’ve learnt from the first six months of writing, and I hope that it’s as honest and (possibly!) helpful as I hoped it would be. I’ve popped the link in my bio.
If you’re a writer, have you unearthed any misconceptions about writing that made you feel better about your own work? I’d love to chat either here, in DMs, or on the post.
Happy Monday, one and all! 💕✍🏻