August 15th, 2008


Hi all, and welcome to India Writing and, for those of you who have come in from my various emailings, welcome to LiveJournal.

I'm one of the editors at Caferati, a forum for writers, and we're very happy to be partnering LiveJournal to bring you the Quick Tales contest, which will run through to the 7th September.

You'll need a LiveJournal account to enter — you'll see that it's a mandatory element in the contest entry form — and we recommend that you join this community as well to keep abreast of happenings in the contest.

A few quick links to get you started.
• To join LiveJournal, click here.
• Once you have an LJ username, you can join india_writing by clicking here.
• If you'd like to receive an email whenever this community is updated (which we recommend), click here, select "Notify me when someone posts a new entry to india_writing," and then select "By Email."

Most people will want to take a little time over crafting their entries, and we totally approve. Take your time! (Just remember that the deadline is the 7th September, midnight okay?) In the meanwhile, you may want to come by here and get to know each other. So, why don't you leave a comment here with a little bit about yourself? What's your favourite reading? Which authors are in your canon? What kind of writing do you most like to do? Is writing your main deal or something you do after the day job? Is there anywhere that fellow members can read some of your work?

To get things started..

I read most anything I get my hands on, but for choice, it's humour, detective fiction, SF&F, poetry, comics and graphic novels, science, technology, culture. In the last few years I have found myself reading much more online. My favourite writers include P G Wodehouse, Douglas Adams, Terry Pratchett, Woody Allen, Ed McBain, Isaac Asimov, Arthur C Clarke, Dick Francis, Bill Watterson, Gary Larsen, Billy Collins, Vikram Seth, Salman Rushdie, and oh so many others.
I write for a living. Partly as a journalist and columnist, covering travel, technology and culture. And partly as freelance communications consultant, writing pretty much anything clients pay for. I also write some poetry.

Your turn.

Independence Day

This is a community for writers in India, and today is India's Independence Day. So, as a sort of ice-breaker, here's a quick writing exercise for today open until further notice.

Did you do anything special to mark the day? Do you have any vivid memories of I-days past? Do you have a comment on the way people around you celebrate the day? Perhaps you have thoughts on India's independence movement?

Come write about it, any genre, any style. Keep it short, though; think of it as calisthenics for Quick Tales and stay under 500 words.

So as not to interrupt the creative flow, no comments on other people's contributions until the 16th August.