29 September, 2014

#SpecialFeature :: 5 signs you want to be a writer by Vikrant Khanna

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*** SPECIAL FEATURE - September 2014 ***

A sailor by profession and a writer by passion, Vikrant has penned two novels before this. He lives in Delhi with his family.

5 signs you want to be a writer

Writing is a very noble profession, in fact, to me, one of the noblest. It’s exciting, too – devising fresh and original stories, creating immortal characters that readers love, and putting them together for over 300 pages, compelling hundreds and thousands of readers to flip them. It can be pure pleasure if the writer gets totally immersed in the story, the way I like to do it.

Come to think of it almost all of us have a story to tell – it could be ours, of someone we know, or a complete figment of our imagination, but a story, nonetheless. We pledge to ourselves that someday in the near future this story would see the light of the day. Some of us do go ahead and pen it down, while others wonder if they have a writer in them.

My suggestion to all debut writers would be to go ahead and start whatever it is in your mind. Just put pen to paper, and the story, if clear in your mind, would begin to take shape with little meddling from your side. The important thing is don’t think too much – just start.

If you are still wondering is there a writer in you, here are 5 clear signs:
1. Everything around you is a story – an article in a newspaper, an incident you heard, a vacation you took, everything. You get this power where you transform the real world into a fictional one, and you do it on a regular basis.
2. When you meet people you begin to think of them as your future characters. Any interesting or quirky habit of theirs excites you because it’ll make your story interesting.
3. Time to time you get these ideas and you pen them down. You plan to use them for future stories. (There are a lot of these ideas.)
4. You read a book or watch a movie and something suddenly clicks in your mind: “What an idea!” “What a story!” “What an amazing character!” You stop watching a movie to get entertained, instead now you want to learn how to get these things done.
5. You read a lot more books than you used to previously. You watch a lot more movies as well. You want to be surrounded with stories for the ease of creating your own.

Can you relate with the above points? I’m sure if you want to be a writer, you would. 

The bottom line to writing is this: You are never fully prepared to begin. A story is never completely ready. A character is never thoroughly developed. They all happen when you start writing. So pick up that pen and make it flow on the paper. Deep down you already know you are a writer, you need a validation from anybody else. 

So go ahead and just start! 

So you think your love can last forever…? Get married!

Eighteen year old Ronit falls madly in love with Aisha the moment he meets her at his graduation day from a naval college. He believes he has found his perfect soul mate, and come what may, his love for her will last forever.
Seven years later, he gets married to her. Big mistake!
A week later he completely hates her and believes she has turned into a devil. 
But his perception about love and life change when he hears the poignant love story of Shekhar, his Captain, on a ship that later gets hijacked by the pirates of Somalia. 
As they are left fighting for their lives they confront if love truly can last forever…? But does it get too late?

2 Paperback Copies of Love Lasts Forever by Vikrant Khanna for Indian Residents Only