Its me, Ritu from But I Smile Anyway – again!
Goodness knows why, but the lovely Sue invited me over again to ask if I’d like to write a little guest post about my WIP.
Recently, I have been very good at talking all about my WIP. It’s kind of taken my life over, this last few weeks, so before I get too carried away, can I just say “Thank you Sue!”
Ok, where was I?
Oh yes, my WIP.
This is my seventeen-year-old WIP, I’ll have you know!
Started when I was a fiancée still, rather than a wife, let alone a mother. Back in the days when I had something called ‘time’ and ‘a life’!
I managed to dip into it over, the years, but a bit half-heartedly, to be honest.
But I knew.
I knew I had to get this story written, so I dedicated the month of August this year to my own challenge, #RiNoWriMo – Ritu’s Novel Writing Month.
Yes, it is totally a play on the much larger #NaNoWriMo, which I can’t participate in, due to the fact that I teach, and November is a busy month!
And embrace that challenge I have!
I have taken the advice of many of my writer friends, and just sat in front of my screen and typed. My original word count has more than doubled, and I have smashed any targets I set myself, on a weekly basis so far.
There is probably a lot of drivel there, but the story is coming to life!
My one huge problem is that the story is seventeen years old though.
As in, it is set in 2000.
And I want it to be as accurate as I can manage.
But I’m not going to make life easy for myself, am I?
It’s all well and good that the main protagonists are young British Asians, and for the most part, they are from Birmingham. Been there, done that, lived that life!
But I decided to take the story back to the Motherland of India too, didn’t I?
That was always on the cards, but I never anticipated that my story would take so long to tell. And a lot of the memories I wanted to use, to channel into the story, are faded.
So, the last week I have probably written a little less than planned, as I have spent a lot of time researching.
I am all about artistic licence. I very rarely write factual things, so usually my words come straight from the heart, and if there is a little truth twisted in there, I use the excuse of creativity.
Though I now realise that won’t cut it with a lot of the information I need for my story to progress realistically!
I almost laughed at the words of another author friend of mine, who was planning trips to the British Library, to get research done for his WIP.
But as I am sat here with print outs of maps, the lists of popular films, music and fashion in India at the time, and numerous tabs open on my internet, filled with currency conversion rates, and train timetables, I take that laugh back.
Stories don’t always just ‘flow’ from your fingers. You need to do a little studying too!
And with that, I had better get back to writing some more ‘words’ for my WIP! Here’s hoping I’ll be back, announcing that my ‘book’ (eek!) is ready to be released before too long!
If you are interested, you can find me in all sorts of places!
And by clicking HERE you get to my author profile on Amazon, where you can find the link to my poetry book, Poetic RITUals, which I actually did manage to publish, in less than seventeen years!
About the author
Ritu Bhathal was born in Birmingham in the mid-1970’s to migrant parents, hailing from Kenya but with Indian origin. This colourful background has been a constant source of inspiration to her.
From childhood, she always enjoyed reading. This love of books is mostly credited to her mother.
The joy of reading spurred her on to become creative in her own writing, from fiction to poetry.
Winning little writing competitions at school and locally gave her the encouragement to continue writing.
As a wife, mother, daughter, sister, and teacher, she has drawn on inspiration from many avenues to create the poems that she writes.
A qualified teacher, having studied at Kingston University, she now deals with classes of children as a sideline to her writing!
Ritu also writes a blog, a mixture of life and creativity, thoughts and opinions, which recently was awarded second place in the Best Overall Blog Category at the Annual Bloggers Bash Awards.
Ritu is happily married, and living in Kent, with her Hubby Dearest, and two children, not forgetting the furbaby Sonu Singh.
She is currently working on some short stories, and a novel, to be published in the near future.
Delve into a book of verse exploring different topics and different genres, all with a RITUal twist.
A collection of poetry drawing on the experiences of the writer, ranging from matters of the heart, love for the family, situations in life and some verses written with a humorous twist.
“Bhathal encourages us to seize the moment. To reflect, learn, and smile any which way life takes us.” Extract from Amazon review.