Why We Write: Amit Herlekar

Q1. What inspires your creativity?

On the top of my head, I’d say, good books, movies, situations which I find disturbing, personal experiences and, eye catching words, phrases or lines. When any of these trigger a train of passionate thoughts, they become the potential for my creativity – food for my writing. In fact, they trouble my mind so badly that I am at ease only when I let them out in writing. It keeps my mind and soul very healthy.

Q2. What conditions do you like to write in? Standing on your head, sitting on the bus, eaves dropping at a party…

I need absolute silence (along with a hot cup of tea, if available). It helps me to be all alone with my thoughts so that I can concentrate better. Mostly, I draft my work in my blog when I am on the laptop. Thanks to its technology; it saves my work on every key press. Also, I have kept notepads both at work as well as at my home. They help me a great deal when my laptop is away. Thanks to my smartphone; I use it to save my thoughts whenever I am on short trips. I know how annoying it is when my mind comes up with something and I don’t have anything to write it up as there is a constant fear that the thought may get lost in the very next instant. It is as good as being handicapped.

Q3. Are there any writers that you most strive to be like and why?

No, I don’t strive to be like other writers. Every writer has his/her own style. Having said that, I always admire works by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Mary Shelley, Ayn Rand and Jeffery Archer. Basically I like any work which emits ardent intelligence and power. To me, reading a book is not only to enjoy the story, but also to understand the art that makes it so beautiful.

Q4. What is your favourite book and why?

That’s a tough question. I have few favourite books by different authors. But, I love all the books of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Because, as I said, Sherlock Holmes exhibits tremendous intelligence which he often regards as “Elementary!” There is not only intelligence; the conversations Watson and Holmes hold in the rooms at 221b Baker Street, make me live with them. The way the stories are articulated, I think it’s just sheer brilliance.

Q5. Do you have any tips about the writing process?

Hmm, OK. I don’t think I am fully entitled to answer this because I am a budding writer myself. I will just share my process of writing. Don’t write just because you always want to write. Make sure the idea has stuff in it. If you think the idea is good enough, then scribble down the first lines that spark in your head. Once all the thoughts are captured on paper, articulate them and then chisel them until the written piece looks perfect to you. It’s like a giant boulder given to you and you are the sculptor. You work until you make a monument out of it. That said, you will also learn the virtues of perseverance and patience.

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