Hi, and welcome to #TalkbackTuesday. This week’s interview is with Ms. Anuja Siraj. See her interview below.
Talkback Tuesday is a weekly interview with everyday people. It is always inspirational to look into the life of another person and realize it is just as complex and large and confusing as your own.
1. For the readers, who are you, what do you do, and what is your current side project?
I am an independent author and a freelance writer. My current side project is a novella which is on hold while I journal, travel and work.
2. To you, what are the most satisfying aspects of being a writer? What gives you the most pride when you write?
From my experience, the completion of a short story always felt like the best kind of exhaustion. It takes something out of me almost on a physical level but leaves me feeling beautifully drained.
The most satisfying aspect of being a writer is knowing that I have an impact on my readers. It makes me proud and humbled at the same time when someone recognizes me from interviews and my book, and also when someone mentions that they felt a specific emotion and connected with one of my characters.
3. You mentioned you are currently traveling. How important is travel for you personally? What impact do you believe travel has on personal growth and wisdom?
There is a recognizable difference between acquaintances of mine that have traveled and those that have not.
I have seen from far too many instances that traveling widens the mind, clarifies concepts and above all, it makes you a better-informed human being. Understanding other cultures pushes one to be respectful of beliefs and struggles that are unusual to one.
Traveling through the many miracles of the world also humbles one. The beauty I see around me both in nature and inside of human beings truly brings me to my knees.
I have seen from far too many instances that traveling widens the mind, clarifies concepts and above all, it makes you a better-informed human being.
For myself, the concept of travel is beyond what can be documented. I get lost in what I see and forget to bring the camera out sometimes. But the experience, the sights, the smells and the tastes are worth more than anything that I can record and share. I prefer to be in the moment rather than worry about what to bring back.
4. So as someone who understands the importance of personal growth and who impacts readers, what three pieces of advice can you offer to other writers who are looking to improve their skills?
- There is a difference between being a writer and an author. It helps to decide what you are or to try and understand what you wish to be. You can be both, but it takes a specific kind of discipline and knowledge of the industry to be an author, while it takes passion and regular input to be a writer.
- The best writer is an avid reader. Read the books that have been written before you and write the ones that haven’t been written. If you read, you step into a writer’s world every day and can soon call it home before you lift the pen yourself.
- When you are working on a piece that is clearly dear to you, it can often be tempting to edit incessantly. The truth is that this is very normal and happens to everyone. It helps to curb the temptation and keep writing instead so that you make progress. On the hand, when you have completed and would like to publish, it helps to hire an editor and a marketer to ensure that your work looks best and can reach the intended audience.
5. Fantastic. Finally, what would you like to leave the audience with? What can they explore?
Readers and writers are an interdependent circle of souls that are constantly inspired and consoled by each other. On that note, I am excited to hear from readers about my book, ‘A Lifetime’s Worth‘, published by Partridge, from the Penguin Random House family.
It is one of those books that people who are generally reluctant to read can pick up and breeze through. Based on what my current readers say, it is an ideal gift and can be tossed in your travel bag as well.
You can get your copy on all versions of Amazon and Flipkart, but do write to me with your feedback, and I would love nothing more than to sign your copy and spread the happiness.
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