The dif­fer­ence be­tween be­ing se­lected and be­ing tossed away is nov­elty.

Nikita Singh, 22 eloped from the space of Phar­macy Stud­ies in Ranchi to the world of sto­ry­telling in Delhi, with a book called Some­one Like You (Pen­guin). She does a day job as an Ed­i­tor, and lets her imag­i­na­tion soar by night.

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“There are so many things hap­pen­ing right around us, and I loved be­ing a silent ob­server. But soon, I wanted to be a big­ger part of the con­ver­sa­tion. One day, read­ing was no longer enough! And that’s when I picked up the pen.

My first piece of writ­ing was a book. I did main­tain a di­ary when I was 16, but I’ve learnt that it’s some­thing that never turns out well. A di­ary is ba­si­cally your most pri­vate, and some­times very twisted, emo­tions and thoughts in pen and pa­per. And I say this by ex­pe­ri­ence, some­body will get their hands on that stuff and it’s never pretty!

Dur­ing the writ­ing process, the one thing to guard against would be pro­cras­ti­na­tion. It’s a con­stant bat­tle for me. Once I am writ­ing, I know I am mak­ing progress, but be­fore writ­ing, it’s a blank Word doc­u­ment, and I am sup­posed to put 75,000 new words on it, all from my head, and that re­ally in­tim­i­dates me!

If you’re look­ing to get pub­lished, bear in mind that the dif­fer­ence be­tween be­ing se­lected and be­ing tossed away is nov­elty. Also, choose the right publisher. New writ­ers should have an un­der­stand­ing of what kinds of books a cer­tain publisher comes out with. Usu­ally, they are over­whelmed with the first ac­cep­tance mail they get, and don’t take all fac­tors into con­sid­er­a­tion be­fore sign­ing a con­tract. Some pub­lish­ers take ad­van­tage of that, and by the time the writer catches on, it’s al­ready too late.

The im­por­tant thing is to write. Pro­mo­tion comes later, once ev­ery­thing is in place. To­day, peo­ple have short at­ten­tion spans, and if a writer keeps talk­ing about her up­com­ing book for a year be­fore it comes out, peo­ple lose in­ter­est.

I am writ­ing pro­fes­sion­ally, but along with that, I also hold a full time job. I feel a day job is help­ful—it keeps the mind oc­cu­pied and pro­vides struc­ture. The key is bal­ance.”

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