How to be a good storyteller

Words are a powerful medium to express. Though written words are a beauty in itself but when given a voice they become more powerful. The emotions and characters come to life when stories get a voice.

Have you ever tried to be a storyteller in a get together with your family or friends or while travelling in a train with strangers?  Being able to tell an entertaining story is a terrific way to utilise time and to create a powerful impact on your audience. Even if you have attempted to be a storyteller, it is not necessary that you end up telling an impressive story. You may have a fantastic story to tell but it seems that for most of us, the art of telling a story seems to be just beyond our capacity.

Storytelling associates us and gets us in contact with our audience which may be more profound than ourselves. It’s nothing unexpected that new talents are utilising narrating, to convey their very own vision for quite a long time and also to build a brand image out of it.

However, one of the important questions is what makes a delightful story? And how can we become good storytellers? And if we are not a good story teller then how can we become one.

Storytelling is not only about creating images for a new talent or branding of a new product in the market so that it should reach the target audience. Storytelling is also important to writers and content creators of all kinds, communicating fiction and nonfiction stories.

However, storytelling is something which we are altogether inclined towards to some extent. Everybody has a fantasy of publishing their own book, and everybody has stories which are fantastic and unique in their own way, that characterizes their lives. Believe it or not but it’s true, everyone has a story.

One must consider the following points while venturing into the art of storytelling:

·         Identify your audience:

We must identify the appropriate audience for whom we have created the story. This is important in light of the fact that it will decide the impact of your story. It’s no point providing water to the person who is not thirsty as he won’t realise it’s worth. In the same way, if you identify the wrong audience your storytelling would be a futile effort. If you identify your audience well, then it will be much easier to reach out to them with your stories and messages.

·         Identify the context and elaborate:

Being a storyteller, we are aware about the story, we know where our story is heading towards and how it’s going to end. It’s very important for us to set the context and elaborate more about the characters, its physical appearance, habits etc. Strong characterisation always helps to attract the interest of the audience.

·         Don’t lose the grip:

If you are not good at editing and filtering your thoughts real time, in your mind then it’s obvious that you will get into unwanted details which are not relevant to the story. Such mistakes will distract your audience and you will end up losing the grip of your audience.

·         Avoid adding unnecessary details while narrating real incidents:

The more frequently we narrate the same story, the little addition we will in general include. If we add unnecessary add up, those accounts float further and further far from the events that really occurred. Inevitably, you may finish up depicting something that never happened by any means.

·         Notice your audience:

Make sure to monitor your audience (by making eye contacts, if they are in front of you) and stay connected with them (by seeking feedback, if they are away). Keep the session interactive, if you are in front of an audience. If you have a sad story to narrate, be sure that you don’t go for so long that you’re putting stress on the audience. Take your audience on an emotional journey. Make them feel your story.

·         Story should have unpredictable ending:

If you want your readers or listener to spend some quality time on your story then you better come up with a most unpredictable ending, does not matter if it’s a little weird. A Story is good because it has a great ending not because it has an unexpected beginning. Give enough space to your audience to build an ending in their minds but make sure that your ending is different than what they can think of.

Cheers!

Subrat Saurabh

SSR’s Dil Bechara- A Heart Wrencher, to close the curtains.

Isn’t it surprising that we are a set of hypocrite people who love to point out someone else’s mistake but not ready to accept our own hypocrisy?

How many of you really remember the 5 best movies of SSR?  Most of us only remember his movies like Dhoni: The Untold Story or Chhichhore. He was such a great actor but how many of you have really watched his movies in a theatre ? Nevertheless it does not matter now and you don’t need to answer anyone. Answer yourself! 

His death has left behind many questions to his audience (not fan). He is asking these questions to each one of us. If he was such a versatile, talented and lovable actor then why we didn’t watch his movies in the theatre or if he was just a mediocre actor then why are we behaving like emotional fools and praising him now as if we have lost our own brother or son who didn’t get the deserved appreciation. Question remains the same. Are we a hypocrites? 

Don’t you think that most of those people who are calling Dil Bechara a great movie or praising the talent of Sushant Singh Rajput would have not watched the movie in theatre, if he had been alive today? Because we are hypocrites. All of us. We didn’t care for him while he was alive.

Now, coming to the movie, “Dil Bechara”. Even if we want to accept or not but most of us got emotionally attached to this movie even before it’s release and to be fair it has lived up to the expectations. You will surely love it. Do watch “Dil Bechara” once and you will realise that he deserves all the applaud, which we missed to give him at the right time. Dil Bechara is not a movie, it’s an emotion. Once again, Sushant Singh Rajput gave a power pack performance in Dil Bechara.

Sushant Singh Rajput has left me overwhelmed with emotions and thousands of questions in his last movie. Movie “Dil Bechara”, will make you smile, love him unconditionally and appreciate him for his unstoppable talent. You will surely laugh out loud in first half of the movie and will cry uncontrollably in the second half.

Requesting everyone to watch Sushant Singh Rajpoot’s last movie and make this movie most watched movie. Show your love for a true star and a beautiful human being.

A small request – If you like someone’s creativity, whether it’s a painting, music album, poetry, book, monologue, stand up comedy or any craft then please don’t hesitate to like and share. You will not lose anything and it will motivate the creator. Give it a try, you will love it. Help to promote a local talent.

With Heavy Heart 💔

Subrat Saurabh

Book Review – The art of being grateful and other stories.

Book Name – The art of being grateful and other stories

Length – 64 Pages

Author – Manali Desai

This book is a collection of short stories and a quick read which has 8 beautiful short stories along with a bonus reading where language is lucid enough for any reader to understand. Let me first tell you that this book is for the readers of all age group.

Cover page and other photos in this book is very creative and beautiful. I would like to mention and appreciate the effort of Khushi Chauhan for this. It is very creative, amazing and thoughtful.

Apart from those 8 short stories, there is something called “bonus reading” which I have throughly enjoyed reading. It was like an icing on the cake. Very thoughtful and a brilliant idea. It shows the different creativity of author.

Out of those 8 short stories, which is based on different story line, background, characters etc, I personally liked “Unlike the the movies” because it was totally a different and a fresh idea, “self- happiness above all” as this is much relatable story in the society and reader can easily connect to them, and “No Witness” because I was speechless the way this was narrated or written. It shows the strong will power of author to develop such a powerful character. Amazing. Simply brilliant!

I liked this line from the book “We’re all so result-oriented and hesitant to take blames.”

It was a great and quick read. Best wishes to author for next book.

Please note that this book is currently available on Kindle Only.

I give 4 🌟/5🌟 to this book.

Cheers!

Subrat Saurabh

5 Ways to deal with failure

If Thomas Edison would have stopped after failing for 10th attempts, then he would have never invented an electric bulb in his 10,000th attempt.

Sometimes things go as per the plan or even better than the expected but on some days, they don’t.  You commit an error, have difficulty or you essentially fall flat. It’s unpleasant but you cannot avoid it unless you avoid doing anything at all.

Don’t worry. It happens to all of us. We experience disappointment to different degrees. Some of us manage it well and some just give up.  Things can turn around quickly. Things will improve however before they do, you should figure out how to manage disappointment. Here are a few tips.

  1. Just accept the failure.

When you’ve quite recently fizzled, it will undoubtedly sting at times, a bit. In some cases, a great deal. That is OK.

Try not to attempt to push it away, by diverting yourself or by endeavoring to push the duty onto whatever is left of the world.

You must acknowledge that disappointments happen to everybody. Think about this experience as something, where you can gain from it. The initial step on managing disappointment is accepting that it occurred. Acceptance of failure is the best way to deal with it.

2. Stop thinking about the failure

Never let the rejection engulf you. If you allow failure to overpower you, you will always think that you can never make it next time. Stop thinking about failure and don’t let this stop you from succeeding in your next endeavor. Remember, you are not a failure just because you had a setback.

Keep reminding yourself, “Just because you failed today, does not mean that you will fail again”. Keep yourself engaged in your hobbies to refresh yourself and bounce back.

3. Give your disappointment a chance to get out. 

It’s obvious to get disappointed over something you buckled down for, yet could not accomplish it.

So proceed, let it out. Communicate with your friends about it. Take the necessary steps to dispose of the disappointment that keeps bubbling up in your mind.

Give your exhausted brain a break and engage in something that can pep-up your mind. Watch a favorite comedy show or go out with friends or well-wishers. You need to loosen up your mind to cope up with the pressure and try to be happy.

4. Give yourself 24 hours to overcome

It’s alright to feel tragic or grieve about the failure. However, just allow yourself 24 hours to adjust, accommodate and accept it. 24 hours ought to be sufficient time to ponder over the mistakes and move ahead from that point onward. Push ahead, begin anticipating what to do straightaway, what your next activities ought to be and what you should deal with to make progress.

5. Plan your next moves

Try not to get stuck and get neck deep into stagnancy rather endeavor to make your next steps effective.

You’ve already learnt from your failure. It’s high time to buckle up and work smart to make the progress. Write down your next goals and go for it to achieve.

No Failure is strong enough to pin you down to the floor unless you refuse to get up. So accept it as a part of life, deal with it, learn from it, make efforts to overcome and success would be knocking at your door.

“Stay Focussed and Be Successful”

5 reasons why we should always write down our goals

“A goal properly set is halfway reached.” – Zig Ziglar  

Goals are an important aspect of our life’s growth. Whether it’s personal or professional, without setting goals properly, it’s difficult to get the desired outcome. 

Do you set goals for yourself? What are your short term as well as long term goals? What are your aspirations in life? Goal setting is the first step towards successful achievement of your aspirations. It is an important milestone towards success. Not many individuals really have clear objectives with significant steps, recorded on paper. Furthermore, doing this straightforward step can be the game changer between a goal setter and a goal achiever.

Today I’m sharing 5 reasons why writing down your goals increase your chances of achieving them!

1. It will help you to inscribe them firmly on your memory blades.

Our objectives and dreams can be short lived, particularly during the phases where we get diverted due to other factors. At times, we have thousands of things going on and we don’t recollect, we forget each and everything that was once a priority to accomplish. Penning down your major objectives daily, weekly, monthly or yearly, can assist you to resolve this issue.

This will likewise dispose of the clutter in your brain and enable you to concentrate better without recollecting or revisiting everything you need or need to do.

2. It will help you to get focused on the process and procedure.

Whether you want to write a book, lose weight, learn a foreign language or fulfill any other objective, write them down on a piece of paper then it will force you to take next steps towards achieving them. It enables you to put more life into them and over and above motivates you to plan to execute them.

3. It will make you more accountable and clear about what you want.

If you record your goals on a paper or in a diary then you must put them into impactful words and with a timeframe, which will help to make the goals more precise and specific. It enables you to be more transparent and clear about what exactly you want to achieve and in turn it will help you to be more focused and accountable. If you are lagging in completing some tasks on time, to achieve the desired goals then you’re compelled to confront it and it fills you more with a sense of responsibility.

4. It will help to track the progress and push you to achieve.

If you normally audit your objectives, this will enable you to remain on track towards accomplishing them. It is more likely to forget the goals, if you are just keeping in mind. When we don’t see the accomplishments that we’re making towards something, we get discouraged and disheartened – regardless of whether we are making steady progress. However, when you write them, you get an opportunity to outwardly perceive how far you’ve come. This will be additionally more encouraging and inspiring. So to add, I would say adding small milestones towards your goal achievement and regular evaluation would help to make the journey smooth and productive.

5. It will help to keep you motivated and determined.

When you record your goals, and have them before you, it makes you feel progressively inspired to make a move towards them. Whenever I look into my diary, where I have written my objectives, I get a sense of direction, where and how I am moving. In case I notice there are things I haven’t completed yet, that is normally what motivates me to begin completing things. Simply ensure that you record your objectives at some place that you’ll see them as often as possible.

To conclude I would say-

“Conceive your Goals, Write them, Evaluate, Execute, Reap Accomplishment”.  

Cheers!

Subrat Saurabh

10 productive things to do during this pandemic.

Believe it or not but we, the people across the world have been forced to maintain social distancing and most of us are staying home without much choice. Although we always enjoy the company of family and long to get enough time with them, we never imagined to get into such a situation, where too much availability for each other in the family can get stressful sometimes. Maybe, we are missing to get missed, we are probably missing that personal space? Someone has rightly said, “We always want to work from home but never asked for so much work from home”.

Being a social creature and then getting confined to the four walls, sometimes get to the nerves. However, when we do not have a choice to change the situation around, the question arises how to adapt? I would say create a change, a positive change in you and your surroundings.

We can utilise our pandemic time productively in the following ways, without stepping out of our homes:

1. Learn one new technical skill – You don’t need to be a perfectionist or a subject matter expert but learning a new skill will keep your mind fresh and keep you motivated. This is the best way to manage this stressful time.

2. Join a reading challenge on Goodreads. Set reading goals , it does not matter how small this goal is. Go for it! You can track a reading target on Goodreads and connect to many like minded readers. You can read a book of a genre of your taste. 

3. Get into someone else’s shoe. Try to understand what your spouse or parents do during the day. What is their skill set? Learn and spend some time with them to understand their pain area and success story. This will help you to understand someone else’s perspective.

4. Make a note and organise your work. Prepare a to-do list for the next day. Keep a track of all those minor activities like insurance premium payment, electricity bill payment, Internet payment etc so that you don’t miss anything important. Cultivate this habit which is extremely important to lead a disciplined life.

5. Workout at home – Even if you hate doing work out, it’s important to do some light exercise or yoga during this time. You can refer to any yoga tutorials or exercise on YouTube. It’s the best way to get relief from stress and it keeps your nerves calm. It will also build your immunity. 

6. Learn cooking – You know the best part to learn cooking is that you are always more independent than most of those who hate even preparing tea or cooking Maggi noodles. Believe me if you love food you will love cooking and pampering your taste buds.

7. Help the needy – Extend your support to those who are struggling during this pandemic time. You can support them financially and emotionally. 

8. Be active socially – Be in touch with your loved ones through frequent calls, messages and video chat. Stay connected. Share your thoughts with them and speak out. 

9. Keep your surroundings clean – This could be a most boring suggestion but it’s very important to keep ourselves and surroundings clean and stay away from getting infected. This is the utmost need of the hour. If you still feel uninterested repeat the mantra, “Cleanliness is next to Godliness”.

10. Make a plan for the future. Discuss and make a plan to travel or a plan for your professional growth or something like that which you can do as soon as things get normal.

Remember, we have to maintain social-distancing and fight COVID-19 with best of our capacity.

Cheers!

Subrat Saurabh

Be a positive guiding light, to relish illuminating reflections

“I am elated to see the posts of so many parents whose kids have done well in their board exams. Let us acknowledge that it’s not only the effort of kids but also their parents & teachers. Kudos to them for their support and guidance during this tough time.  

Most of us are locked within our premises for the last few months with limited supply of resources and going through a stressful time. We were never prepared for this and hence, never did a drill to handle a pandemic situation. Teachers and parents were going an extra mile to guide and support their kids throughout. Let the kids also understand and appreciate the pain and effort that you have put in and it definitely calls for a celebration. 

I request all the parents to allow their kids to do whatever they want to do in their life. Don’t force them to opt a career of your choice. Let them choose what they want to do. There are numerous options available and they can tap the appropriate opportunity to explore and flourish anywhere. Each kid is a fighter and has a special talent. Let them decide their future and follow their dreams and passions. Let them become an engineer, singer, doctor, artist, comedian, entrepreneur or whatever they want to be. Encourage your kids to channelize their positive energies to achieve their dreams, in what that is for the greater cause. Please don’t let them become too self-absorbed and self-obsessed in their own dreams, work on their character building, vision creation and help them to guide their positive energies in the right direction. Encourage them to root in what’s good and right, and their dreams will surely get wings.

Encourage them to pursue dreams that sharpen and accentuate their natural gifts and talents. Be the guiding light that illuminates their path to self-belief and success. Trust me they will do much better than your expectations. Please get to know your kids and encourage them to follow their dreams with a focused eye. Don’t let the world miss out on all they have to offer.”

“Be a positive guiding light, to relish illuminating reflections”

Cheers!

Subrat Saurabh

“अनुराग” एक बेहतरीन किताब

अनुरागएक एसी किताब है जो समाज के उस पहलू के बारे में बताती है जिसे छूने के लिये बहुत से लेखक डरेंगे। ये किताब ज्योति जी ने अपने तजुर्बो के आधार पर लिखी है। कहानी बहुत ही खुबसूरत तरीक़े से लिखी गई है जहां अनुराग के जीवन के विभिन्न पहलू को बड़े ही बारीकी तरीक़े से लिखा गया है। हमारे समाज में नारी को देवी का रूप दिया गया है। वहीं ये भी कहा गया है की नारी ही घर को बनाती और बिगाड़ती है। इस किताब की एक विशेष बात यह रही की इसमें हर लम्हों को बड़े इत्मीनान से बताया गया है।

इस समाज में बहुत से ऐसे लोग हैं जो इस दौर से निश्चित तौर पर जुड़े रहे है जिस दौर से अनुराग गुजरा था मगर कितने ऐसे लोग हैं जो इस से लड पाते हैं । बेहद मुश्किल है क्योंकि समाज और क़ानून के दायरों ने पुरूष को मज़बूत और अत्याचारी मान लिया है और महिला को विशेषाधिकार दिया हैं।

मौक़ा निकाल कर एक बार ज़रूर पढ़ें। यह किताब अमेजन पर उपलब्ध है।

Book Review – A Friend Like Karna

Title: A Friend Like Karna

Author: Madhav Thapar

Pages: 182

Published in :2017

Publisher: Notion Press

Inspired by the heroic and legendary Karna, this book is a contemporary dramatic novel set against the backdrop of modern Corporate India. Thrills, suspense and a tender underlying love story ensure that the book moves at a very fast pace and keeps the reader engaged right until the unpredictable end.

The characterization is sharp and vivid with each actor playing a significant role in the evolution of the story. You will recognize many of the locales, names and references to the glamour word, and on the dark side, the Mafia, which ensures that the reader establishes an immediate connect with the plot. An important aspect is that even though it is an action filled book with a strong alpha male at the center of the plot, the female characters emerge as equally strong and admirable and are extremely important to the story.

The narrative itself is in a unique mix of first person and third person story-telling and shifts effortlessly across locations and time lines. Each sub plot of significance is brought to a logical conclusion and is cleverly inter weaved to be a part of the main story line.

Some of my favorite lines from the book which create enough curiosity and suspense are:

“Two wise men, one common problem, different conclusions. As the two stalwarts procrastinate, the wheels of fate continue to spin on relentlessly….”

“Crime only pauses, it never ceases”

“A few hours later a call is placed to Karachi on a burner phone. The recipient: one of the most wanted men in the world, but also someone who does not officially exist in the country he lives in.”

It is a book best read in one sitting and indeed it is hard to put down. As it progresses from scene to scene, frame by frame, there is always the burning question in the readers mind:  “So, what will happen next?”

The Prologue and Epilogue are the two bookends of the entire narration, with the conclusion of the theme coming in the very last lines.

You can grab a copy of “A Friend Like Karna” at Amazon Click here and at Flipkart at Click here

Author Interview – Shuchi

Shuchi is an Author of debut book Quest for Paradise. It was pleasure interacting with her

Q 1:  Hello Shuchi. Your background is in the engineering field. Can you please tell us how you came about to write your first novel titled Quest for Paradise?

Shuchi : Hi Subrat. I’m an IT professional, working for a year now. But English literature has always been my first love, which sprouted from the first novel that I read when I was in the sixth grade, ‘And Quiet Flows the Dawn’ by Mikhail Sholokhov. Since then I’ve read many novels, and have written many poems. Regarding Quest for Paradise, the idea of writing a story about a girl aspiring to be a tattoo artist struck me, and I went ahead with the flow, telling the story of achieving the unbelievable in the extraordinary of circumstances. Before Quest for Paradise got completed and published, I was in the process of writing an adventure suspense thriller, which is still in the pipeline to be completed.

Q 2:     Please tell us something about your journey as a simple girl from a small town, Ranchi to an engineer, working in a reputed IT firm of Bangalore, and now, an author. Would you like to share with us a source of inspiration?

Shuchi : Yes, I was, and still am a simple girl from a small town, and proud of my roots. The simplicity and flavour of the small town laid-back life, if infused in a person at a tender age, becomes one of the greatest gifts of life fathomable. But don’t let this deceive you that I didn’t have a fair share of adventures in my childhood! However, when it was over, I went through that clichéd phase of ‘engineering’, and then landed in an IT firm, and again, like another cliché, my heart lied somewhere else. I’m an engineer by profession, but a writer by heart!

Talking about the source of inspiration, I don’t have one as such, but I would like to mention a person whom I admire immensely. Elon Musk. Not because of Tesla. Not because of SpaceX. But because of that rare state of mind that he has, which is almost impossible for almost everyone to have. That is, huge monetary, or life failures do not bother him, as much as a failure to do something challenging, worthwhile, and exciting. “Life can’t be just about solving everyday problems, there’s got to be things that inspire and make life worth living.”

He views not doing something impactful as a much bigger risk than financial or social failure. It’s the vice versa for the general human.

Q 3:  Please tell us something about Quest for Paradise. How can we relate the character of Ishanafrom Quest for Paradise with you?

Shuchi : Well, one thing that the readers perceive is that Ishana is me, and her story is mine. Sorry to disappoint, but that’s not the case! I wish I were fortunate enough to face the kind of challenges that Ishana goes through, and achieve the kind of milestones that she is able to achieve in the story, though!

We all have some passion or the other firing up inside us. The point is, do we fire it more, and strive to achieve something in which our heart lies, or just go on with our daily lives, not aspiring for more at all?

Q 4:  Are you happy with the response to your book? How are you trying to promote your book to reach the target audience?

Shuchi : The readers love it. The response has been amazing till now, and it’s pretty heartening. Some amazing bloggers have also shared positive reviews of the book. I’m promoting the book by sharing it’s reviews and my book launch events on the social media platforms, like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, to reach the target audience – the youth.

Q 5:     How was your experience in the World Book Fair, Delhi and other events? Are you planning any book launch events in recent times?

Shuchi : The book was among the bestsellers in the niche English fiction romantic genre at the World Book Fair, Delhi. After that Quest for Paradise was also selected to feature at the Allahabad Book Fair, where the books were sold out, and the subsequent interested buyers had to be given my social contact details to buy my books. It gave a beautifully ecstatic feeling, which I had never experienced before!

The book was also featured at the World Book Fair, Agra, organized by the National Book Trust, NBT, where over 60% of the books were sold out.

I’ve two book launch events scheduled in the near future, one is at the Atta Galatta, Bangalore, and the second would be held on 14th April, 2018 at the Hotel Safari in Jaipur. Bangaloreans, and Jaipurites, gear up and come!

Q 6:  Are you working on your next book? What can we expect from your next book?

Shuchi : Yes, I am. The next book is a fiction romantic thriller, where the boy belongs to the Karnataka Royal family. The thrill sparks from Bangalore, to Maddur, all the way to Chittoor in Andhra Pradesh! Let’s see how Jeevisha, the broadcast journalist who is the protagonist’s obsession, survives this storm!

Q 7: How did you get a chance to be published? How was your experience with the publisher?

Shuchi : Well, just like the first stage of struggle that every aspiring author goes through, I faced many rejections. Some publishers outright rejected the manuscript, and some were kind enough to respond with some encouraging words, to work better the next time! I didn’t let my morale sag for long, and kept on trying, as I believed in my story and it’s worth, until finally, one publisher was interested to go ahead with it. That day was another one of those days when you get that rare ecstatic feeling!

The publisher was very supportive from the beginning to the end, helping and guiding me through the process, with patience. From the ragged manuscript in my hands-on day one, to a finished beautiful book with crisp and fresh inked pages inside at the end of the subsequent 4 months, it has been an amazing journey in itself.

Q 8:  Can you please share your editing experience about your published book? Did you use any editing tools or took any help from Literary Agent? How important is that?

Shuchi : The edits were done by me, and then the publisher. They were patient enough to incorporate some later changes in the text, and the images that I wanted to be done.

I provide editing services to authors independently too, using Scrivener and MS Word.

Well, you ask, how important is editing? If writing is forging the sword, then editing is sharpening it, using the whetstone of editing tools. Even the swords of finest make, are useless, if they are not sharpened.

Q 9:  How did you react when you saw the first copy of your debut book Quest for Paradise which is already a sensation among readers?

Shuchi : Can blood, sweat and tears make something solid, something tangible? If you say no, then you can’t be more wrong. When I saw my first copy in my hands, what I saw wasn’t a book, but something beautiful churned out by an amalgam of these three.

Q 10: Could you please share a few tips for writers who would like to get their first book published?

Shuchi : I just believe in one tip for writing. As the legend Stephen King says, ‘write.’ That’s more than enough. There are many aspiring authors, who haven’t been able to complete a book and publish yet, despite a beautiful story in them, just because they are stuck with the ‘problems’ like, ‘I can’t continue after 3 pages’, ‘I’m blank’, ‘when I sit to write, the mind goes numb, and the hand freezes’, ‘I don’t get the time’, and so on.

Just. Write. You feel that you’re writing rubbish? Write. You are thinking of what people would say about your work? Write. You think you’re not ‘worthy’ enough to write? Write.

One always finds the time to dedicate to one’s passion, no matter how hectic their schedule is. Are you really passionate about writing? If yes, then you’ll get the time.

Q 11: Would you like to share any specific pattern or style of writing with our readers?

Shuchi : It all begins with an idea, a theme. Surprisingly, the ideas always strike when our minds are in a relaxed state, and free to wander anywhere. They don’t come to us when we try very hard to think of an idea. It doesn’t work like that.

After this stage, comes the execution, i.e., the craft of it. I think of a character, and an event from where I think it would be good to begin the story. It acts as a bay for the ocean of the rest of the story to follow.

If you ask me the evergreen fundamental question, if I’m a plotter or a pantser? I would consider myself to be a pantser, with a hazy overall plot on my mind, going with the flow of the story, when the story begins to breathe a life of it’s own, and takes me to another journey crafted by it.

Q 12: Who is/are your favorite author(s)? What do you like about their work?

Shuchi : My favourite authors are George R.R. Martin, Dan Brown, and Stephen King.

If I begin to say that what I love about these legends, then we would need to camp for the night too, haha!

Who would have imagined to concoct a parallel of the real historical War of the Roses in such a way, that it becomes a breathtaking fantasy of the human race, fighting with each other for the one ultimate throne, in a world of magic where exist an army of zombies, headed by clever kings; the mysterious lands of Asshai, living magical dragons breathing fire, and practices of bringing the dead to life? George R.R. Martin is a magician.

It was because of Dan Brown, that I became hugely interested in symbols, both ancient and modern, and the importance of them in our lives. With his books, the world seemed like a big treasure hunt to dive into. Solving puzzles and mysteries went to a whole new level with his books like ‘The Digital Fortress’, and ‘The Inferno’.

It was because of Stephen King’s ‘It’, that the funny and jovial clowns came to be viewed as a source of horror and nightmares! Hotels came into a new light of dreadful omens, after his classic ‘The Shining’.

Their creations are unparalleled.

Q 13: How is your average day as Shuchi? Have you experienced a situation where people have identified you in a public place? Please share those moments.

Shuchi : My average day goes in writing short pieces, my next novel, and editing works of clients, marked in between by book launch events and bookstore signings.

There were a couple of moments, which felt warm and beautiful. Once, I was recognised by a group of young college students, who had read my book reviews on a blog, and they clicked a selfie. There was another time, when a young girl came to where I was dining at a restaurant to have a copy of Quest for Paradise signed, which she had with her in her bag.

Q 14: Have you done any course in writing? Or any course in editing?

Shuchi : I haven’t done any course in writing, or in editing. The formation and play of words come kind of inherently. I’ve edited seven novels for various clients.

Q 15: If your readers want to connect with you, how can they do that? Tell readers about your social platforms to connect. If you have any blog/website/social media accounts, please tell.

Shuchi : They can easily connect with me on the various social channels like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Or drop a mail!

facebook.com/shuchiauthor

twitter.com/prasad_shuchi

instagram.com/shuchi_prasad

pdshuchi@gmail.com

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