Marriage Unarranged, My Writing Journey, Uncategorized

Encouragement Is A Writer’s Best Friend (+ a Birthday #BookSale)

Some writers are lucky, you know.

They get an idea, and the words just seem to flow.

And when one is complete, the next idea arrives, waiting to be transferred from mind to screen/paper.

But not all of us are that blessed.

Well, I say that, but I have the ideas. They aren’t always fully formed, but they are there, ready to come to life on my MacBook.

For me, time is the hugest constraint. Life as a teacher, as well as a wife and mother, coupled in with Covid-19, the lockdown, and to top it off, a HUGE amount of home improvements, means that sometimes I wonder whether it’s worth it…

Then you get messages like this.

And you find that there are readers out there who have actually taken time and effort to write or post about your book. This post by Jazz of @her_reading_nook on Instagram blew me away, and there was another post filled with more images, too!

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Itโ€™s all in the details [of Marriage Unarranged] ๐Ÿ“–โ™ฅ๏ธ๐ŸŒบ __ Trendy ethnic jewelry from: @saggiparanda ๐Ÿ’Ž๐Ÿคฉ __ ๐Ÿ“–Review continued from previous post: *๐š€๐š„๐™พ๐šƒ๐™ด + ๐š‚๐šˆ๐™ฝ๐™พ๐™ฟ๐š‚๐™ธ๐š‚* Aashi, the protagonist catches her fiance cheating on her so the big fat Punjabi wedding is cancelled but the India trip originally for wedding shopping becomes an adventure with her best friend, Kiran + brothers, Sunny & Bali: โ€œSunny was painfully aware of how hard it was for Aashi to forget the original reason for the trip. Dotted around the various shops were reminders of bridal accessories they should have been buying. The โ„‚โ„๐•Œโ„๐”ธ, ๐”นโ„๐•€๐”ป๐”ธ๐•ƒ ๐”น๐”ธโ„•๐”พ๐•ƒ๐”ผ๐•Š their mamaji (uncle) would have been slipping on her wrists. ๐•‚๐”ธ๐•ƒ๐•€โ„๐”ผ๐•, ๐”ป๐”ธโ„•๐”พ๐•ƒ๐•€โ„•๐”พ ๐•†โ„โ„•๐”ธ๐•„๐”ผโ„•๐•‹๐•Š he & Bali would have added to her wrists, which as they dropped off, she would give to her single cousins & friends, with the blessing that they would get married soon tooโ€ -Marriage Unarranged๐Ÿ“– Swipe: #IndianFashionHistory #PunjabiFashionHistory On the flight to New Delhi, Aashi falls asleep on a stranger, Arjun! Is Arjun about to be her rebound or soulmate? So bollywood. So brown girl! ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿฝโ€โ™€๏ธ ๐šƒ๐™ท๐™พ๐š„๐™ถ๐™ท๐šƒ๐š‚: Love the brother+ sister relationship portrayed between Aashi & Sunny (eldest bro) + Bali (younger one). Just in time for #happyRakhi / #Rakhri which means โ€œto protectโ€, a traditional Indian holiday celebrating brother +sister bond where the sister ties a thread on the brotherโ€™s wrist signifying the brotherโ€™s promise of being there for his sister through thick & thin ๐ŸŒบ as a token of love, the brother gives money/ gift in return for the thread๐Ÿ’“ Grab a copy of this light read, travel to New Delhi, India & add this beautiful book cover to your reading nook for future #sHelfies ๐Ÿคณ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿฟ Rom com/ Chick lit isnโ€™t my go to genre but this is like reading a bollywood movie & we all could use a little bollywood/ fairy tale during this time๐Ÿ™ƒ feel me! โ€ข โ€ข โ€ข #MarriageUnarranged #RituBhathal #AuthorAdmiration #โ˜•๏ธandBooks #Iโค๏ธTheSmellofFreshPages #BookBehavior #RomCom #ChickLit #IndianAuthor #PunjabiAuthor #Bookstagram #DiverseBooks #DiverseReaders #Bookish #TheBookLook #BookBlogger #bookstagramIndia #PunjabiWedding #IndianFashion #punjabijewellery #indianjewelry #SonjaAndOve

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And it makes your effort feel worthwhile.

Then, you get little comments from authors your love and respect like this…

Thank you, Zoe!

It spurs you on to try and write more.

This summer holiday has whizzed by, and I grabbed the bull by the horns. I had time, a little, at least, to devote to my writing.

My aim was 40,000 in four weeks.

I didn’t quite hit that, but I was close, and, considering I’ve spent the last week and a half manically demolishing furniture, having a ma-hoo-sive clear out and stocking the local charity shops with copious amounts of donations, and visiting B & Q many times to buy boxes, choose tiles, and bathroom suites etc, I’m not going to beat myself up over not quite hitting my self-imposed target!

I managed 37, 869 words!

I’ve also had my cover comissioned and more or less designed, ready to go, to spur me on. No, I can’t share that yet. Let me get the book written first!

And, what with my birthday, next week, I decided to have a little sale on Marriage Unarranged, so if you haven’t already, grab a Kindle copy for 99p/99c on Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk! From Friday 28th August, to Thursday 3rd September. Go on, make a writer’s day, buy a copy!

https://getbook.at/MarriageUnarranged

Oh, and while youโ€™re here, did you sign up for my mailing list?

I am in the middle of writing an exclusive Chickpea Curry Lit story for my subscribers, and there will be news, tips and even recipes! Oh, and youโ€™ll be the first to know about Book Two, and all the exclusive reveals, too!

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30 thoughts on “Encouragement Is A Writer’s Best Friend (+ a Birthday #BookSale)”

  1. Congratulations on the great feedback, for this unique book, written with heartblood, Sis!
    Will roll the drums for your great offer, and someone here mentioned the belly dancing. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    In advance congratulations to your birthday, Sis! Great to have you here!!!!!
    Dont demolishing furniture by yourself. Sonu needs some distraction too. Lol
    Enjoy your weekend! Michael

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  2. It is wonderful how a message or review can spur on a writer. That is awesome, Ritu!! And to think you’re writing in the midst of purging and getting ready for school. A big WOW to you!

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    1. Sadly, the words are taking a back seat now, as I prepare for the BIG School opening on Tuesday, but the purging is still happening, and words will flow again, soon!!! ๐Ÿฅฐ

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      1. Yes, the words will flow again soon. Iโ€™ll be thinking of you on Tuesday, Ritu. I go back with fellow teachers Monday. We still donโ€™t have schedules or class lists! Children return after Labor Day. Busy times ahead! ๐Ÿ˜€

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