My Journey as a writer

Introduction Creative writing comes out of dreams. Dreams originate in childhood and during growing years. The writer could develop a style, web a plot, and turn it into a story when he pens down those dreams. I think only those stories which come out of the heart turn on the readers’ imagination, make them excited and compel them to read. With the medium of storytelling, the writer creates the feeling of spring among the readers, even in their autumns. Different writers engage readers in different ways. My personal style has been the quest for success for the underprivileged. My main characters have one quality in common – they don’t make compromises for their core values. They pass through difficult life situations, but they never give up. Their lives take them through a maze of intricate, unhappy situations, but they always spring back. They are so driven by passion and desires that they choose unconventional paths. They often break rules and social norms to achieve what they want. Today’s readers are well informed, and they don’t go by just the conventional norms. They also want to know “whys” and they are ready to accept unconventional endings. There have been many passionate times in my life. I can relate well with my inner conscious quite often when I get carried away by any moving experience. It could be an unexpected, good gesture by someone, a touching song, a well-directed movie, and just about anything. I have quite clear memories of those who supported my passion in writing. I would give the first credit to some authors, whose writings moved me. In initial years they were Daphne du Maurier, Jane Austen and Margaret Mitchell. I loved writing in good natural surroundings such as at Hauz Khas tomb, Nainital, Kanatal, Mussoorie, Shimla, Goa and even cities abroad like London, Scotland, New York, Boston, among others. I could be inspired by any situation or any experience of life. The first experience of creative writing that I can recollect was an inter-school essay writing competition in Delhi. It was held in Harcourt Butler School, and it was in Hindi. Once I got into the mood of writing, my imagination got very vivid, and I could write through the entire duration with full concentration. In my college days, I was very restless due to inner turmoil, a disconnect with the educational system. During those days I was exposed to more authors such as Ayn Rand, Somerset Maugham and Harper Lee. It took me several decades to discover my real passion. Initially I was not confident, but I learnt through the experiences of others. Many of my doubts got cleared with the passage of time. Many self-help trainers such as Louise Hay, Anthony Robbins, and Stephen Covey were also responsible in making me realize my dream. Their practical guidance was extremely useful. My wife Renu Gera has always provided me a steady support through thick and thin. She has been a friend, guide, critic, editor, storyteller, all rolled in one. She has always kept me very close with my kith and kin by being in regular touch with them. My grandson, Rihaan has been the cynosure of my love and my inspiration all through the writing.