Stuti Agnihotri
Stuti Agnihotri

A Conversation with Stuti Agnihotri, Author of ‘Abhivyakti’

1) At what age did you start writing Poetries?

I wrote my first poem when I was in class 7th. Our English teacher had told us to write a poem on a moment that we cherish the most and giggle while thinking about. I wrote a poem about the incident when my father told me my baby sister is going to arrive. This happened to be my kickstart.

P.S ~ It’s called the New One’s Arrival in Abhivyakti.

Abhivyakti

2) Too young! And a book in your name. You must have felt elated?

Yes. I have got a library at my home that everyone shares in my nuclear family. Living amongst books since childhood I had always wished to have a book, may it be any genre to be in my name. Thanks to Publishing and Maple Press and my Daddy, I found the right way to fulfill my wish.

Abhivyakti

3) How did you think to publish your collections into a book?

I have this habit of collecting whatever I write since the time I was five or even small maybe. Plus, reading books since being a kid, I had always dreamt of having my collection published by a press.

4) When is your next book coming?

That’s a surprise. Even for me. Studies first * giggles*

5) If you had to give up either snacks or drinks during writing sessions, or music, which would you find more difficult to say goodbye to?

snacks

Snacks! I have this habit to munch things whenever I sit on my own. If not snacks, I start biting the back of my pens and pencils.

6) Was it a bit taxing detailing the book?

Yes yes.

7) How long did you take to write this book?

writing book

It’s a compilation so there is no perfect time I could be sharing. But the compilation itself took me a month. I wanted everything to be perfect!

8) What has influenced you the most as a writer?

Everything around me. If you go through Abhivyakti, my poems are inspired by things that surround me. I just take them the different way. Trust me, its more of an addiction rather than calling it a talent.

7) Do you like audiobooks, physical books, or e-books better? Why?

Physical books of course. Firstly, they smell so so so good. Secondly, I cannot decorate my library without them. Thirdly, how would I make others jealous of them. * giggles again*

8) What do you do to de-stress yourself while writing?

TV

There are times when the right thing doesn’t come up while I feel like writing something. At those times, I literally feel like breaking something. But watching TV or doodling at the back of diaries helps out.

P.S ~ I always look up into the dictionary and thesaurus, they are like a superman to my rescue.

9) What were the Challenges you faced while writing this book?

give up writing

Lots and lots and lots of writer’s block. Also, at times I did start feeling that maybe it’s not worthy enough to be published or maybe it’s too short to give look. But then my heart took over my chaotic mind and I got it done. And trust me I happy with it. Really happy.

10) Did the thought to give up writing ever occur to you?

Writing block

Yes. At times I did feel like maybe I am wasting time and no one would like it. This happened during the peak times when I was about to finalize everything. But there was something that kept me going and I never actually gave up this beautiful work.

11) What is your motivation for writing more?

My parents, and my little sister. They have always celebrated my writings. Also, all my English teachers.

12) What is the most difficult part of your artistic process?

Time constraints. I always feel like going on a year-long trip, where all I could do is write, draw, doodle and enjoy.

13) How many hours a day do you write?

Writing my next book

No no, not daily obviously. But lines always revolve in my subconscious mind. And it feels like tiny worms are revolving around my head. This ache only gets a rest when I pen down the thing during free – sessions are school.

14) If you have pictures on your writing desk, who/what are they of?

No. I don’t have pictures on my writing desk. I have this habit to put my legs on my table and keep the dairy on my thighs and then write. Else, it feels like an exam hall. *giggles again*

15) What is your most unusual writing quirk?

Biting the Cap of the Pen
Biting the Cap of the Pen

Biting the caps on all the pens I own. Also, sometimes I borrow other’s pens and bite them up. It’s like no biting pens then no writing.

16) What is your favorite genre to read, and why?

fantasy reads

Fantasy. Without it, living reality would have been hard. It’s like oxygen.

17) What behind-the-scenes tidbit in your life would probably surprise your readers the most?

I don’t know. That’s a something I could write upon. “laughs*

18) Who is the most supportive person in your life when it comes to your writing?

Mummy and Daddy. My mother was the one who named my book “Abhivyakti” and my father was my “Proofreader”, “Sponsor” and what not. Also, my classmates and cousins were a constant support.

19) How many drafts did your book go through before publication?

10 I guess. I was so nervous after all. Plus, I was restless, I just couldn’t wait to do things calmly.

20) Do you have any writing blogs you recommend?

Yes. I blog as The Inked Weirdo on WordPress where I put all kinds of shitty thoughts, book reviews, travel posts etc.

21) Give a shout-out to a fellow author.

I’ll like to give a shout-out to Stuti Changle & Vinati Bhola author’s of On The Open Road and Udaari respectively.

22) How do you think being a writer has helped you as a person?

I have started taking every situation, everything, every person as a material that I’ll have to write upon. And I like it.

23) What is your favorite word, and why?

infinity

Infinity & I don’t know why I like it.

24) Do you have any writing buddies?

Writing Buddies

Yes, loads of them.

25) How did publishing your first book change your process of writing?

I refined my vocabulary and grammar a lot after that. After being publisher I am more conscious about my English – Idk, why!

26) Do you Google yourself?

Stuti Agnihotri

Every now and then 🙂

27) What was your hardest part of your book ‘Abhivyakti’ to write?

Acknowledgment. There was so much to write about. I was not proper with ideas of what to write and what to not. I still feel a lot of things are left out.

28) Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?

Yes, I read them. And I enjoy them – especially the critical ones where I understand the weaker corners of my writing habits.

29) What is your special nook or writing place where you prefer writing?

My study desk.

30) Ever planning to write Fiction? If yes, then which genre would it be?

Fantasy

Yes. It’ll be Fantasy for sure.

31) What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?

No schedule. I write whenever I feel like, wherever I feel like. But mostly I wrote when I am about to sleep. Thus, I have downloaded this Notes App in my Android. Else you know, those worms would attack!

32) What was one of the most surprising things you learned while writing the book?

That I get too restless when I don’t get the correct word to put up.

33) As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?

I made this list, ahem sorry – wishlist – become a lawyer, serve the Indian army, open a restaurant, become a traveling host, become a movie director, become a lyricist, become a composer, become a ballet dancer, become a professional wildlife photographer.

Dreamer

Hello, you still call me a child? Myself a child still in her dreams. Just studying in class 12th.

34) How hard was it to sit down and actually start writing?

Very hard. I told you, worms attack if I don’t write fast and accurate both at the same time.

35) Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors?

Yes, I read a lot. My favorites are JK Rowling, Ashwin Sanghi, James Patterson, Susan Pfeffer, Sally Nicholas, and Jay Asher. Also, James Dashner and Veronica Roth.

P.S ~ Stuti Agnihotri was bae always.

36) What are common traps for aspiring writers?

Just write what you feel. Trust me, everyone has got a story to tell.

37) Have you ever gotten reader’s block?

Manier times.

38) What would you like to say to your readers?

Always keep expressing. I always like connecting to you all. Always feel free to ping me for a bookish conversation @theinkedweirdo.


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