Writing Brings Out The Stories I Dream Of - Shweta Taneja
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Who is Shweta Taneja?�\n\nI�m a river. I run, dance, flicker, flowing from one space to another, never still, never in one place, always absorbing, always changing. As I flow, I drink in rivulets of ideas, gushes of new thoughts, of voices I hear, things I read, people I interact with, and leave behind stories I create, at various places before moving on. That�s me, the person, the dancer, the storyteller. Writing is the medium to bring out these stories I dream of.\n Professionally, I�m a full time writer, as an author of speculative fiction, a journalist and a communication consultant for NGOs and startups. I see it as a business. Sometimes the money�s good, sometimes it�s thin, but I carry on because I like the freedom to do whatever I choose to that particular day. Though it sounds fantastic, working on your own can be quite difficult. When there�s no one to tell you what project to do, how to manage time, what to do in a day, there are lots of decisions you need to make. You need to be disciplined, very self-motivated, crawl through the bad days and never think about the balance in your bank. On the other hand, you get showered with praise, awe, respect, meet fantastic, fabulous people and thinkers and can take a whole Monday off to sleep, read that book you wanted to, and stare at a painting or travel on a whim and call it experiencing life and research for your book.\n\nDo you balance writing with another day job? How do you do it?\n\nI try to be disciplined about my working hours, keeping a 9-5 job (one I like!) and taking weekends off. First half of the day, that�s about 4 hours, I write, constantly, switching off the phone and internet. It�s later, once creatively I am spent for the day that I look at other commitments � communication projects I�m working on, publicity, talks, workshops, or even articles that I have to write for other magazines (Livemint, Discover India, Scroll, HuffingtonPost to name a few).
If you want to be a writer, the first thing that you need, which is I think a very individualistic thing, is the desire to write, the passion to create something new, to express a story, a character in a new way.
\n(Look out for more tips on writing by Shweta in an article next week.)\n\nAbout the Author:\n\nShweta�Taneja�is an author based in Bangalore.�She’s written seven books and two hundred articles in a career spanning fourteen years.�She’s a Charles Wallace India Writing Fellow (UK, 2016) and was shortlisted for Best Writer Award in ComicCon India. Her latest book How to Steal a Ghost @ Manipal is out with Juggernaut Books and climbing the bestselling charts.\n\nAuthor: Shweta Taneja\nPublisher: Juggernaut\nRelease: 2016\nGenre: Fiction�/ Paranormal\nBuy from Juggernaut\n\n Book lovers can �Contribute articles �& �join our Review program to receive review copies of new release books.� And if you are an author, share about you & your book(s) in Author�s corner & do take a look at our unique community approach to Book Marketing.!
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