Interview with Shrinit Badiyani

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Every day is a new day with a new hope. You never know when your life takes a turn, I get up to live that twist and then make changes in myself as a person out of it. They say 'Life is the biggest teacher' and I wish to be its best student.
What is your writing process?
My process starts with idea generation. A message which I want people to understand and use to improvise their life. One big difference my process probably has is that I decide how the story would end at first and then the rest of the story. I believe it justifies the effort I put into writing the rest of the part as that change in the end should be impactful.
For someone aspiring to write, I would say plan just the structure and build the situations while writing itself and not before, the spontaneous thoughts would be the most exciting part for you and interesting ones for your readers.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I am born and brought up in Mumbai, the commercial capital of India and the 'city of dreams' as people call it. It has a great impact which is evident in my writing as Mumbai is a cosmopolitan city, we have the richest and the poorest, the most disciplined and the most careless, the shrewd business minded people as well as creative and emotional ones, people from various social and cultural communities to meet. I have to be nice all and so have to understand their point of view which helps me to be a rational person. Mumbai has an invisible rat race where your aim is to win this fast life, to beat that you have to be nothing but the best. So I prefer writing crisp and to the point and keeping it engaging at the same time. Rest India is a land of love, emotions and cultural diversity making life complex yet interesting for me.
What do your fans mean to you?
I have immense love for my readers, not only the one who appreciate but also those who would ever criticise negatively for my work as both of them equally motivate me to write something better. I am always grateful to get so much love from people across the globe who gave me that one chance as readers which only a few fortunate people are blessed with.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Writing for me is something that can bring about a change in the mindset of people if conveyed in an interesting story form. I have seen many people fear to face problems and challenges while many get disappointed with their life very soon. At times it makes me feel I am contributing towards the betterment of people's life by giving them a positive hope through my writing.
Apart from that, even when I leave this world my write-ups would be there influencing people with my thoughts and experiences of this life which is the most satisfactory aspect for me.
How do you deal with writer’s block?
The best way to deal with it is to think about something else. I do not force myself with a deadline. If I feel I am unable to create something worth publishing, I stop thinking about it and go for another chapter or probably some other topic. The subconscious mind somewhere keeps thinking about the pending story and sooner or later gives an interesting idea to proceed.
What’s your advice for aspiring writers?
Do research to recheck but be confident to write if you feel for the topic... sooner or later people will appreciate. Your perception will be unique from others but if you can justify it rightly, readers would love it. Be yourself and express whole heartedly.
What do you read for pleasure?
For pleasure, my first preference would be something inspiring and spiritual. I like reading mythological stories and rituals from different religions not to be a preacher of it, but just to understand the logic for which humans create and follow them. Also, have interest in knowing about technical aspects of movie making and stories involved while making a movie.
When did you first start writing?
My first write up was not a story, but rather a review. Being a movie buff, I started writing micro reviews on social media for friends willing to watch them. I have to give credit to a couple of friends who appreciated it a lot and motivated me to create a blog for the same. They found the writing style informational as well interesting which was my aim. Later, while pursuing MBA I had several professional write-ups and research papers which taught me the formal side of it.
What’s the best thing about being a writer?
You are free to express your thoughts... you can use the power of writing as a tool to educate people, to share your perception of life and also to create your own small world while writing fiction!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I spend my time watching movies if I am not reading anything. Movies for me is another great medium of storytelling which helps your mind witness the perception of the story maker through the audio-visual form.
Published 2017-04-08.
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