On Saturday, I got a message from my publisher.
‘Check the Hindustan Times today; We’re at No.5 and No.8,’ he said.
I checked immediately, and my heart leapt up in joy. TWO of my books were indeed among the highest selling fiction books in the country. My publisher also sent me this nice creative!
I felt very happy, because it’s not easy for a book to climb into the charts MONTHS after it’s release. In the case of Life is What You Make It, it is TEN YEARS since I wrote that book. Having the books there was validation that people find comfort and joy in my writing.
I have grown as a writer, with every book I have written. I do work very hard at my craft. I am constantly trying to write better. I write every single day—although everything is not for publication. I have a desk full of notebooks and diaries which I have filled over the years. I have my gratitude journal, my daily journal, my story ideas, my blog posts, my emails, my one minute writing exercises. my short stories, my musings and a collection of anything else that strikes my fancy. I always feel I have a long way to go, in my writing. I am still a student and I am constantly learning, improving, trying harder.
I often get asked, what is your advice to aspiring writers? Here are three MUST-HAVES.
1. Write every single day If you are an aspiring writer, the one thing I can tell you is, it is so important to write every single day. No matter what, you have to commit to your writing and stick to it. There is nothing called ‘waiting for the muse to show up’ or that ‘I don’t have the mood to write.’ You create the mood, and you create the muse. What can you write about?
You can write about anything. You can make it witty, funny, romantic, adventurous, exciting, dull, dramatic, monotonous, vibrant or plain. You are the creator of your story. It’s your tale–tell it, like only you can.
2. Read, read, read : It’s very important for an aspiring writer to read a lot. When you read, you are exploring many worlds. You are broadening your outlook. You are learning new things. Sometimes people tell me that they would love to read more, but they don’t have time. I had written a piece: 5 easy ways to read more and transform your life.
I hope that helps you read more.
I have read 17 books so far, this year; And I am on my 18th, which I will complete soon.
My current read which I am LOVING
My last read which I totally loved:
I would have read more than 17 books! But then I was writing my own novel, and it will be out in the first week of September this year. I plan to read at least 35 books this year.