You know when you’re writing, writing, writing, and you look up and notice that four months of the year have passed by? Yeah, that. A couple of months ago, my agent recommended that I read Elizabeth Strout’s My Name is Lucy Barton. The book was long-listed for the Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction and is every […]
Over dinner a few weeks ago, my husband and I were discussing an idea for a screenplay he’s had for many years. “A novelist and a screenwriter in the same household,” I laughed. “What could possibly go wrong?” “I don’t want to be a screenwriter,” he said. “Don’t you want to write the screenplay?” “I […]
I was at a party in Delhi a couple of years ago hosted by friends of mine, where I was introduced to a well-known and respected journalist. On hearing that I was a freelancer, this journalist was not impressed. He nodded, dismissively almost, as if we all knew that “freelancer” was code for unemployed and […]
Today’s the day! Shut Up and Write: The No-Nonsense, No B.S. Guide to Getting Words on the Page is out in the world! I’m excited! And now totally out of exclamation marks.
I’ve come to that crazy point in the writing of my (first) novel where I’ve started talking to it. Me: I’ve given you five years of my life. I’ve found you a badass agent. I’ve even stopped looking for freelance work! What more DO YOU WANT FROM ME? Novel: 20,000 new words? And can you […]
I like to joke that my first novel is about an Indian woman who has a mental breakdown and recovers, my second novel (which I’m now writing) is about an Indian woman who has a mental breakdown, but we’re not sure if she recovers, but not to worry because my third novel (which I’ve outlined) […]
There’s a trend in self-help circles that’s been gaining momentum for many years. Instead of posting goals and resolutions, bloggers and writers around the world have been picking a focus area to define their year. This one word or phrase is meant to encapsulate what they’d like to get out of their year.
I have this insane idea that if I could just herd all the ideas in my head, throw them all in a field somewhere, pick one out of the lot and focus on it for the rest of my life, say, writing novels exclusively, then I’d be happy. I’d have a very writerly routine—get up […]
A few months ago, I was feeling deflated. “There is no big win,” I said to my husband. “It’s not coming.” My husband nodded in agreement. Despite our collective pragmatism about life in general, my husband and I are dreamers. We have big grand goals for our lives, of writing big books and screenplays, of traveling […]
It was ten years ago, today, on my 24th birthday, that I decided to change my life. I was in India and already making a living with my writing by then, but I was beginning to get dissatisfied with the work I was doing. While I had fun assignments from technology magazines about how cellphones […]