Reading is a cure to lack of ideas, Author Shailvi Bhura

by interview2019

Reading books keeps mind fresh and blissful, it also rejuvenates our soul. Young writer Shailvi Bhura, born in Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh, is following her passion to write, currently pursuing B.A LL.B. Shailvi is a poetess, writer, and author of her new novel “DIED OR MURDERED?”. Shailvi lives in Raipur, Chhattisgarh, from where she’s completing her law degree. Shailvi had a detailed conversation with us, here are the excerpts.

1.How do your writings aspires young readers?

Writing and reading are intricately intertwined.  One is the inverse of the other: Reading is the inhale; writing is the exhale.  They depend on each other, and when we find time to practice both, the readers are the winners. To the earliest readers, writing is a natural way to ingest and experiment with a growing knowledge of letters and their function in symbolizing the sounds we speak.

Writing skills are the inside/out version of analyzing writing by others.  When we analyze the books, poetry, and essays we read, we are simply describing the choices an author made on their road to composing a piece. When a reader is heavily involved in creating those pieces themselves, they will more easily see what authors are doing and understand the messiness required in producing effective communication.  Writing brings the author and his or her skill to life.

2. Which genre do you prefer to write the most and why?

Well ‘DIED OR MURDERED? is my very first written novel, which is about to come this week.

Also, it is important to write what you love. The characters, plot, and setting are going to come much easier to you if you love what you write about. Plus, wouldn’t you love to see your book on the shelf one day next to some of your favourites?

If you have a story idea that doesn’t necessarily fit into one of the genres you have in mind, you can always branch out or try to tweak the story to make it fit in.

Assuming you have some writing experience, choosing a genre to write in can be as simple as what you do best. maybe you love reading horror novels but can write a killer romance story. Why not take a stab at it?

Don’t limit yourself to writing just what you like to read (unless that’s your thing). Most famous authors do not limit themselves to one genre.

3.Tell us about your new book which is going to be release Soon?

Okay, so this book is my first novel which I’ve written by all of my heart. this book is truly dedicated to all the rape warriors who have been survived so hard to live. The story is about a girl, who went to Mumbai to study but there she’s gang-raped. See how her spirit helps her brother to find out her body.and I’m damn sure you all will love it.

4.What is your perception about the common problems that writers face nowadays?

While being a writer has major advantages, it also has its challenges. Anything without challenges is boring because challenges mould and train us. Some challenges can drain the life out of us, though, which is why it is good to enlist help from others when we experience them. 

Reading is a cure to lack of ideas. Read anything that comes your way with openness to new ideas that can contribute to what you want to write. Use Google, social media sites, and websites to ignite some of your ideas.

Confidence is the most dangerous problem that can plague a writer. It doesn’t matter how skilled you are or how much experience you’ve got; you won’t go so far unless you are confident of what you have to offer.

Being confident isn’t about just knowing that you know your stuff, it is also about being ready to demand what you’re worth.

We’re all afraid of selling because we believe “people will hate us”, “they will condemn us”, and “some people will even say we’ve sold out”! This is natural, but the sooner you realize that you have to sell every day the more you start embracing that aspect of yourself to make yourself a better seller.

Think about it, convincing a few people to read your blog alone is selling. Convincing someone to be your friend is selling and getting people to believe in your ideas is selling. Why not do a better job at it by accepting you to sell every day and by working to be a better seller?

Selling doesn’t necessarily have to be a bad thing. After all, you have nothing to worry about if what you’re selling will make the buyer a better person.

5.From where did you get inspiration to write?

No matter how much you love writing, there will always be days when you need inspiration from one muse or another. I would argue that inspiration is not just a desirable thing, it’s an integral part of the writing process. Every writer needs to find inspiration to produce inspired writing. And sometimes, it can come from the unlikeliest sources.

Blogs are one of my favourites, of course. Aside from this blog, there are dozens of great blogs on writing and every topic under the sun. I like to read about what works for others — it inspires me to the action!

If I’m anywhere public, whether it be at a park or a mall or my workplace, sometimes I’ll eavesdrop on people. Not in a gross way or anything, but I’ll just keep quiet, and listen. I love hearing other people have conversations. Sometimes it doesn’t happen on purpose — you can’t help but overhear people sometimes. If you happen to overhear a snippet of interesting dialogue, jot it down in your writing journal as soon as possible. It can serve as a model or inspiration for later writing. 

Sometimes, while watching a movie, a character will say something so interesting that I’ll say, “That would make a great blog post!” or “I have to write that in my writing journal!” Sometimes screenwriters can write beautiful dialogue. 

It can be unexpected, but great people in history can inspire you to greatness. My favourites include Benjamin Franklin, Gandhi, Abraham Lincoln, Helen Keller, Leonardo da Vinci, and other greats.

6.Apart from writing, what are your other hobbies?

To be honest, I am yet to figure out a single hobby. If doing something that gives me immense pleasure is the definition of a ‘hobby’, I would be glad to say that I have many. Playing chess is one of my favourite hobbies. I’m a big foodie of course. I love to travel to new and adventurous places, music, cooking, gyming, etc. So these were my basic hobbies which I love to do when I’m free and also which gives me pleasure.

7.What are your plans regarding your writing skills?

I haven’t thought about it yet because writing is the very first hobby of mine which I love to do anytime and anywhere but without any disturbance. But if this is a question mark then I’d love to say, I wanna be an established Author. I’ll brush up my writing skills more to write and serve my best to readers. Also, I love to learn book editing as well.

8.What message do you want to give to young aspiring writers like you?

Work on your prose (the craft of stringing words together with your own, distinctive voice). Develop a unique voice. Don’t use big words simply for the sake of sounding smart. Know thyself and write thyself because nobody is going to want to read to you if you aren’t really you on that page.

Exercise your storytelling ability. Storytelling and writing are not the same skill, though in the hands of an experienced writer they always overlap. Understand what makes a good story, or move a story along by studying the various forms of short stories, novels and plays.

Know basic things like Point of View and tense. Play with the point of view. For example, put your voice into the third person. Try to keep personal pronouns out of your writing, or move the character’s point of view around. Switch from present to past tense, play with the tense of verbs as though they were painted. You can learn how to play with point-of-view and tense intuitively if you read every day for years.

By : Abhinash Sahu

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