Posts Tagged ‘fiction’

Rogue Writer

Over the years I have heard, read, mused, cried, laughed, feared, hated and loved so much about writing that one would think that by now I would have reached a space of detachment. 

It is not true.  I am still terrified of the blank page, I still agonise over the word count, I still over-analyse my characters, and scenes. After twenty plus years, one would imagine that I could float in a sea of calm and buoy my way through the next book with a smile and a wave. And say hey! Easy peasy, it all came so naturally! But it doesn’t come naturally, it takes effort and patience and self-discipline to write, and then to carve out the useless bits, to sculpt and skin. It takes time and deep concentration. 

I still read about writing, how to get better at it. I read other books, and learn from the style and prose of the author. I am glad for the books that have helped and motivated me to improve and enrich my writing. And taught me how to love the process of creating. It is indeed a calm flow. I have experienced it many times, and I think it is that feeling that keeps me going back to writing. This inner journey has been so important to me.

But in the outer world, there are many rules on how one must be perceived as a writer. One must stick to one publishing house, one must not stray from one’s genre, one must market and promote like an egotistical maniac. I have broken those rules. I follow the path of least resistance when it comes to the flow. As a creative, I cannot be placed in a boxed space and told how to behave. It’s not how I function. If an idea gets my heart racing, I will follow through and write the book, whether there’s money in it or not. 

There is one particular book that touched my heart and drove me to pen it into a memoir: ‘A Gift from Above: Harini and Haresh’s Journey in Adoption‘. It is such a heartfelt sensitive story, so deeply emotional and feel-good that I simply had to write it. An instinct took over and said ‘Write!’ And I listened. It was the same feeling for when I wrote ‘Dada Vaswani: A Life in Spirituality‘. It was a gut feeling that I had to write this. No matter how overwhelming or challenging, my inner compass steered me to write the book. When I look back, I realised that it was a deeply transforming process. I had changed, I had epiphanies of my self that needed to be addressed. I was sorting a number of inner conflicts.

To write those two nonfiction books, I put one of my novels aside: Blue Jade, a thriller, a story about the black market art trade, a story that intertwines Mirabai’s journey. I feel every book has it’s destiny and Blue Jade, my tenth book, had to wait five years before it saw the light of day. It was worth the wait.

Welcome, Blue Jade! May the readers love you as much as I loved writing you.

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The art of being subtle


Twelve Quirks of Fiction Writers

Recently I read that the Oxford dictionary had updated its list and included a few new words. I decided to create some new terminology that defines writers like me and many others. If the Oxford dictionary can include words like bromance, chillax, mankini, and fnarr fnarr among others, then maybe they will consider these suggestions:

Sugaryjection – intake of a chunk of chocolate after manuscript rejection

Megasugaryjection – intake of a super size chocolate shake after multiple rejections

Vistortion – reading for so long the left eye doesn’t see what the right eye sees

Grey splatter – Writing for so long it doesn’t make sense anymore

Enamathon – continuous and obsessive tapping of keyboard leading to stunted nail growth

Telspiration – getting inspiration from TV shows and then feeling a bit guilty about it

Biproser disorder – writers’ mood swings, sometimes occurring after severe writers’ block

Gramxiety – the special kind of stress suffered when writers edit repeatedly

Hystoria – having thought of a great idea in the shower, writer is freaking out about forgetting it before getting a chance to write it down

Plotobsessosaurus – a writer who has aged prematurely due to over-thinking a plot

Javatives – overuse of adjectives due to coffee

Thesperation – writer who has misplaced his thesaurus

Send in your quirks, fnarr fnarr!

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