Please welcome Namrata, author of Metro Diaries on my blog today. Let’s get to know Namrata through this question-answer session.
How did you become a writer, by chance or by choice?
It was purely by chance though I would loved it otherwise. Born in a family of poets and writers who are historically known figures in my native I clearly remember loving reading since I have been four. My mother had a tough time catering to my never ending desire for more books every day. Writing was always there in terms of diary writing but fiction was something that I had never imagined for myself. I would say the fiction writer in me was born after I started blogging. And till date my fiction is largely borrowed from reality. All that I write as stories either on my blog or in my books are real life stories with just a few details changed here and there to protect their identities.
Are you a genre writer? Why (or why not)? Which genre appeals to you the most?
No, I am not a genre writer. I like experimenting with genres. I usually try drama but not serious drama. My writing has a lighter side to it even in romance, it makes you smile for that is what my intention has been always. I don’t restrict myself to genres because after a point what happens is your writing feels stagnant as you are unable to generate variety constantly in it. Then either you should be like Nicholas Sparks where even your 100th love story feels so refreshingly different from the first one or you try genres to keep your creative juices flowing. I have recently seen some best selling authors experiment with genres and I feel it is a good way to learn where your strength lies. I like writing romance and drama as I feel they are the closest to life and offer us a glimpse into what life really is all about.
What makes this book special to you?
Metro Diaries started as a series on my blog which later on turned into this book. There are many reasons why it is special for me. One of course because it is my first book, second it has real love stories in it which is something I love the most for they define hope for me in this selfish world which seems to be deteriorating day by day when it comes to humanity. Three while writing it, I was going through one of my worst phases in every possible manner. So for me this book signifies hope and triumph against all odds.
A brief description of the book and its main characters.
Metro Diaries is a collection of 20 real life love stories. The strangest part about each one of them is that none of them have an ending. By this I wanted to portray that love stories never end, it is we who do. As it is an anthology there are no main characters. But yes one thing about the characters is that each one of them is real and could be you, me or someone we know.
What are your writing fads or quirks?
I like making small notes in my diary which are barely legible or can be deciphered by anyone else but me. They usually are about things I have observed and want to write on. Usually they are not more than one sentence with few words.
What’s your take on these writing dilemmas? (Please specify the reason for your choice)
plotter or pantser?
Plotter. I feel that somehow your personal habits tend to reflect in your writing style too. Like in personal life I like micro managing things. Planned to the smallest detail every time. And perhaps that is why I am a plotter. I like to have a plot ready with even an ending in mind before I begin to write it. You won’t believe I have close to 12 plots ready with me with ending but I am still figuring out some crucial scenes in between and hence not working on them. I need to have it all sorted before I start.
self published or traditional?
Traditional – Not because I think self publish is derogatory. But because I feel having someone else believe in your work the way you do is a huge morale booster for a writer.
Polished first draft or sloppy one?
Sloppy one. I treat it like a blank canvas where I just splash all that comes to my mind. Once everything is out is when I am able to see the loopholes, the gaps, the errors, the illogical situations and hence by the time I give it a second or a third round it finally begins to take a sensible shape.
Deadline or family/friends time?
Deadline without a second thought. I am not much of a social person out of choice and I have always wanted to be accurate in my job. Hence the special love for deadlines and wanting to be before time. Sharing a secret : I always manage to finish my projects well before the deadline and revise it twice before sending it to the client.
Writing a certain target everyday or in floods and droughts?
For me floods and droughts work the best because I like the urge that comes from within to have it all out in words. If I were to keep a certain target I would be forcing myself and the outcome would not be as satisfactory. I love listening to my heart and doing what it wants. So if a day it says nothing doing, just eat, sleep and read – that’s how it is going to be 🙂
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