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On books, writing and how i work (blog marathon post 18)




The thing about writing a book---most people do not understand when I say I need solitude. They think it is the noise that bothers me. Honestly it isn't. For me, when I write, I want to cut off from the outside world. For me, even a ping on Whatsapp annoys, as it encroaches into my mental space. I don't want to think about anything other than the characters in my book. And the inadvertent  'pinger' does not know this. Especially if the pinger happens to be an acquaintance rather than a good friend.

So I tune off. I go off whatsapp. Go off mail. I don't answer doorbells or phone calls.

That's the way I work.

When I write, I am creating a new world from the scratch. I have to be involved and immersed completely in the creativity process. And I do whatever it takes to get me there. It is very hard most of the time. There a million things at home that need attention. There are a whole lot of things that need to be co-ordinated.

When you work in an office, away from home. you can forget whatever issues exist within the house. But when you are working from your own house, it becomes impossible to.

That's why I always admire any new book (yes, even the badly written ones) that come out. Because I can exactly relate to the sweat, blood and tears that have gone into writing it, apart from battling  million distractions and possible rejection.

The next time you come across a book in a store, spare a thought for the person who wrote it.
And then, if you like what the story is about, in a style that appeals to you, do buy it.

You will be doing the entire publishing industry a big favour! So be kind folks!
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Comments

  1. Very well said.. Thank you Preeti.Your ideas and advice encourage me every time I read a new post on your blog and I dont want to get disturbed while reading.

    Amrit x

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  2. Hi Preeti,
    Can you please write a post on your favorite movies, songs, books, the latest ones as part of this blog marathon, before the marathon ends ? Also would like to know about the malayalam movies you like, apart from Bangalore Days and Drishyam.
    Would you?
    Thanks,
    Julian.

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  3. thanks fr writing this blog. the insight of the writer when he or she writes narrated ny you is commendable! I never thought about the difficulties that come in the way while writing. thnks again for throwing some light on this issue!

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  4. Happy Independence Day.

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  5. Hi Preeti,

    Can you put pictures of your house, interioirs, furnishings and whether it was your choice or your husbands. Pictures also speak a lot about the person and his/her lifestyle. And since i admire you i would like to know about these aspects of your life if your okay to share.

    Love
    Jasmine

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  6. This post is certainly going to inspire many aspiring writers. I would personally copy+paste this link to some of my friends who are trying to get their first book published.

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