Prerna completed her undergraduate Study from Saveetha University, Chennai – Bachelors of Law (B.A, B.L (Hons.)). Currently she is pursuing an LLM (Masters of Law) at the University of Manchester. Prior to that she was practicing law with Kochhar & Co, Chennai. Let us know more about her writing.
What inspired you to start writing?
Writing for me was always a form of release. Either I was reading someone’s writing, or I was writing myself. What inspired me to write poetry was the fact that a few words written in the right way could instantly make my day better. I enjoyed reading a lot of poetry in school and particularly when I read “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner”, I was thoroughly thrilled at how a poem like that could leave a lasting impact. The main reason I prefer writing poetry over other forms is only because a few right words can satisfy the soul.
What did you like to read when you were a girl?
As a child I read a lot of Enid Blyton and R.L. Stine novels and grew to read most of Sidney Sheldon’s novels. Besides that Archie and Tinkle comics were my favourite. I still read them.
What is the greatest challenge in writing a book?
I think the greatest challenge in writing a book is fear; fear of criticism or more so, what people will think about what’s written and how it will be perceived by the audience at large. Once, anybody who aspires to write, gets over that fear, I think the greatest challenge has been overcome.
How much research do you do before writing the book?
With writing poetry, honestly, there’s not much of research involved. I write when I feel like writing. Sometimes when you’re lost in thought, words kind of flow in a certain manner, and in one of those moods, I pull out my pen and paper, or even my phone and just start writing. I think it’s more governed by what I feel at that moment. I cannot plan what I’m writing days in advance or lay out some kind of schedule. Personally, I feel like some words are meant to be.. and words like those always find a way to come out in the right manner.
What motivated you to write the book “Thousand Unspoken Thoughts”?
Some people say poetry is lazy prose, but for me if that broken prose can convey one’s state of mind, then nothing like it. “Thousand Unspoken Thoughts” was something that grew by chance. I didn’t know I had it in me until some random day I started writing in the middle of an economics lecture in college and I haven’t stopped since then. It took me close to 5 years to bring together what I have today, and the only motivation was to find a channel that makes my day better.
Can you tell us more about your latest book “Thousand Unspoken Thoughts”?
“Thousand Unspoken Thoughts” is an anthology of poems. It consists of 50 poems that have no specific genre and are not confined to any age. I write for a random reader like myself; one can just open any of these 50 poems and find atleast one that they can connect to. It’s my first book and honestly, it has only inspired me to write more and write better.
How did you come up with the idea of writing poetry anthology genre book?
In the last few years, I’ve been reading a lot of poems of Rabindranath Tagore and Gulzar and I liked how their compilations reflect a flow of thought. I tried adapting the same style, and brought out my anthology of 50 poems that reflected my thoughts.
Who are your favourite authors?
Paulo Coelho, Gulzar, Khaled Hosseini and Jhumpa Lahiri.
How much time do you dedicate to writing on a daily basis?
Honestly, I don’t have much of a schedule. I write when I feel like. I wish I was more organized though. But I feel like forcing words or rather confining myself to a schedule does not work. I need to feel like I’m in the zone when I write, and when I do, words just do the magic.
What words of wisdom would you like to give to aspiring writers?
Write, write as much as you can without being afraid of telling your story.
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