When I first started writing, I never envisioned myself publishing my first book at the age of 20. I started young. I wrote diaries and stories where it didn’t seem to have an end and was messy. But it was a necessary learning experience. I won’t say I’m at par with Danielle Steele or Nicholas Sparks now – not even close. Yet I did grow as a writer on my own.
I started writing at a young age, as most do when they learn to write their name. But it wasn’t until high school I took interest in the literary world. However, I hadn’t directly taken a pen and start creating a novel. I was, at first, a reader, an audience for other literary geniuses. What urged me to be a writer was a matter of personal satisfaction rather than an obligation. I wrote not for an audience but to myself – as many do. I wrote down emotions, dreams, and ideas. Anything that sparks my mind.
When I’m in the process of writing a book, I’m more focused on planning it than writing the novel itself. It’s difficult to write the chapters as days, weeks, and months passed. The hype dies out and you have to reintroduce yourself back to the emotional and mental state you were in when you felt like writing the story. I don’t know how other writers do it or their mindset when they’re writing a novel throughout the year. But I’m sure there are days they’ll lose interest to even write a word. And I admit, I’m one of those people.
On the year 2014, I won a Watty’s Award in the General Fiction Genre for Talk of the Town on Wattpad’s annual Writing award. The title of the story that won was ‘Meeting Mr. Mogul.’