A small chat with Stuti Changle- Author of On the Open Road.
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About the Author:
A post-graduate in management from the prestigious B-school IMI, New Delhi and a graduate in Computer Science and Technology, She has worked with corporates like HSBC and Coffee Day Beverages. On the Open Road draws inspiration from my real-life experiences and she wishes to inspire her readers to listen to their heart and follow their dreams.
1: What do you think makes a good story?
Characters, ordinary or larger than life, relatable or aspirational, are the essential part of the story. Readers experience various emotions through the journey of the characters. Readers evolve through the challenges, the struggles and the achievements of the characters. They feel inspired enough to take certain action if they are thrilled by the journey of their favourite character! A bunch of characters who breathe life into the story are significant in case of a fictional story being produced for the books or the reel.
2- What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
The characters evolve as the journey of writing the book nears completion. Surprisingly, in my case, I evolved as a writer with the pace that my characters did. As Myra became confident, fearless and victorious in the end, I also experienced the taste of victory and became more passionate about writing the next story. In fact, I am already at it.
3- In which genre you would write your book other than this Genre!
I wish to continue writing in the contemporary fiction genre as I love writing true stories that the modern readers can relate to. But I will definitely play with the social cause or impact I aim at with every book.
4- How did publishing your first book change your process of writing?
If you procrastinate, you will have a hard time recalling the idea in the future. So I have become a lot more careful. I note down a thought or a piece of writing as and when it happens to me. I write about my personal experiences, good or bad, on my laptop. I also make voice memos on my phone if I am on the move and can’t make time to sit down and write. It is important to capture a thought as and when it happens. Now I finalise upon the plot and the characters, especially the protagonists and their journey in the first draft. I keep adding subplot characters and musings as the manuscript develops over time. I don’t have a specific count on the number of revisions though. I keep revisiting it a hundred thousand times. I am still in the process of learning to adhere to strict deadlines.
5- What are common traps for aspiring writers?
Lack of discipline & routine.
Lack of self-belief.
The habit of procrastination.
Poor knowledge of the publishing industry.
6- What inspires you to write?
Conversations get me high. Travel channelizes my energy as it allows me to utilize all the time for my art. People I meet on the open road – cafes, metro, work, cabs, events also help me stumble upon new ideas.
7- How often do you write? Do you have a set schedule for writing, or are you one of those who write only when they feel inspired?
I sit down with a cup of coffee and write for at least 4 hours at a stretch, every day! I love to write while I am on the move. Cabs, metro, train or flight! I look forward to the day when I can just travel and write. Travel places to write more. I like to change the routine every few weeks to get new ideas. If you’re at the same place, all the time, you can’t expect new ideas to come in!
9- Do you recall the first ever book/novel you read?
Yes, it was Peter Pan, an illustrated long book.
10- What are your hobbies, passion other than writing?
Dancing. Singing. Swimming. Travelling.
11- Can you tell us about your current projects?
There was no plan initially to become an entrepreneur. As and when my life’s journey moved forward & I became more confident about my choices I embraced the opportunities that came my way & gave my 100% to it. I never set out to be an entrepreneur, I was following my inner calling, while on the journey, I eventually became one! Now, I am also working hard to take my idea places with my event concept – CONVERSATIONS on the open road. ‘CONVERSATIONS on the open road’ aims to initiate the conversation of breaking free from the routine lives to follow one’s inner calling. Over 150 people have attended the events cumulatively in Bangalore & Gurgaon. I will be travelling to Mumbai next. I am also penning down my next novel.
12- Word of advice to the young writers out there?
A message that I would like to give to aspiring writers is, don’t let anyone tell you what you can or can not do. A lot of us have a misconception that to pursue our dreams, we need to be super rich, or blessed. It’s absolute nonsense. I come from a middle-class family, and yes, it is hard to convince your parents at times, but in the end, nothing is impossible. It can all happen. Just believe in yourself and your dreams. Work hard. Write every day. You can and will do wonders. In the end, everything that does not work out sums up to the things that do. The idea is to never give up, never give up. Believe in the beauty of your dreams. Follow your heart with courage. There’s no shortcut to success. The only way to explore one’s full capacity is to keep at one’s inner calling. The journey is much more crucial than the destination. Enjoy the journey! Hustle.