I never thought that I will ever be writing a book. Whenever I hold a book to read, I either end up thinking something else or sleep. After some practice, I started reading a book whenever I wanted to sleep. Little did I know then, that all of that is making me think to write a book. It was one evening, when we friends were drinking and out of nowhere, may be under influence of the purest form of alcohol, I declared that I want to write a book. No one took me seriously then and that was the biggest inspiration for me, which I could ever get. You see when someone thinks that I cannot do it, I actually make sure that I will do it and this never stops. 

As I was growing up, there was lot I kept to myself which I never told to anyone, not even to my family. I had lot to say. I had lot of good and bad memories about people who helped me become what I am today. And I thought, that through this book,, I will be able to show gratitude to all of them who have played a part in my life. See, Life never stops. We will keep making memories and often we forget those small incidents which has changed us in some way. Omoide talks about my memories, it talks about my downfall, it talks about the courage, it talks about the support, it talks about the blessings and it talks about my luck. It will remind you that no person ever becomes big or small because of our destiny, we become what we chose to become. All the lessons I learnt from my teachers and parents will be unheard if I had decided to not share with you. They are valuable lessons, they are great teaching from people who I met, they are very practical solutions to our day to day worries. And like my family says, that one should always share their wisdom with the world. Knowingly or unknowingly, we don’t know that how it will help someone. My inspiration came from within, to hep others, to tell them that it is OK to fall as long you realize that it is not the end. It is OK to feel bad and it is OK to feel sad because unlike being happy or joyful, being sad is also an emotion. We must feel it but don’t get used to it

I summed up few of FAQ which I have been asked many times. Hope this help you too. 

How can I decide the topic for the book?

Good Question. If you want to write a book to make money, choose any mainstream topic. Health book, How to make easy money, Artificial Intelligence. Love stories. May be fiction. But if you want to spread the message and do not really care being the bestseller at the first place, then start with your stories since it is your first book. 

Most of the times, it is easy to start writing a book but as time goes by, we find it hard to finish it. Why?

Commitment, Discipline and Dedication.

  1. Focus on one chapter at a time and try to finish it in one go.
  2. Write a shorter Book.
  3. If you’re having trouble writing consistently by yourself, write where other people are also working. A coffee shop or library where people are actually working and not just socializing can help. If you’re in a place where other people are getting things done, then you’ll have no choice but to join them.
  4. Instead, write without judgment first, then go back and edit later. You’ll keep a better flow and won’t be interrupted by constant criticism of your own work. And you’ll have a lot more writing to edit when it’s time to do so.
  5. Deliver consistently. 

Over the time, we start loosing control over it. And this usually happens when you write to become a bestseller. If you chose to write your stories, you will be involved because you are going back in past and that is the best way to keep yourself engaged in writing. That is why I said that choosing a right topic is crucial.  

Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?

There are some reviews which bothers me but over the time I have settled with the thought that when we publish the book and put it on sale for readers, then we cannot control that who is going to read it. And we cannot control that what conclusion they will draw from the book. Everyone will read the book from their perspective and that is why for me review is a review from a reader who paid money to buy my book. I don’t get overwhelmed with positive reviews nor I beat my chest with negative ones. 

I wanted to write a book on my stories but now when I started writing, am feeling more vulnerable. How to continue writing and overcome this vulnerability factor?

Try writing in third person.Over certain period of time, you gauge an image of the third person and start believing that you are writing about the imaginary character. It is also important to understand that you don’t have to open all your cards if you are writing about yourself. Keep a sense of Mystery. you are a writer! Add something which you would have loved to happen in the past. Add a story. Not all real life stories are the ones which happened in real life. You have to give a glimpse of your personal life to initiate the connection with the reader and then you can change the story. It can be your story or imaginary. Perhaps adopted from someone else’s life. 

 Is it true that a writer must be a reader first? A good reader makes a better writer?

I am not at all a good reader. I fell asleep or get distracted very easily if I start reading. One of my dear friend is starting a course on ‘How to improve your reading’ and I cant wait for it.  But I love writing. I cannot spend a day without finishing  a blog or a chapter for my next book. I feel like am talking to someone when I write. It gives me a sense of communication with an imaginary person in front of me. But yea, I read and I really focus if it is important for my next blog or if it can add value to my next book. Coming back to your question, I don’t think a writer must be an avid reader too. But yeah, its a good habit to have. 

Do you also have a story which you would like to share with the world. Perhaps start sharing with the people you love and they will spread the word. Hope the Questions above clear the air. If not send your queries at ab@abenav.com. Lets write your book!

5 Essential Questions for every writer

9 thoughts on “5 Essential Questions for every writer

  1. I feel proud that my friend is a author now , congrats abenav .
    You actually tempted me to write one . I definitely will use your tips . It definitely a great inputs for who are going to start their writing.
    Keep going my friend . Waiting for more.

  2. OMG!!! this is just what I needed… n u know why too😛
    Thank you so much Abhi. I’ll have to keep coming back to this whenever I’m stuck…

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