It’s been over 5 months since we’re stuck at home and it’s still uncertain when we can get back to our normal lives. I’m sure you’re taking good care of yourself, reading books and staying motivated.
Times are tough and so are you.
I feel a little distant from you as I’ve been off blogging for a while. No, I’m not being lazy. I’m being a little busy with a bigger project that’s soon going to be out. Wait for it.
Many of you have had a lot of questions related to my short story – Home Quarantined. I am amazed at the curiosity you’ve shown. So I thought of answering all your questions here. Let’s get started with the frequently asked questions without any further ado.
1.Was it a planned short storybook?
Firstly, let me tell you that I had never planned a short story book like Home Quarantined and never in my wildest dreams did I think of writing it.
As a blogger, I’ve always shared all the important things that happen in my life (and the ones you ought to know) with you, my dear readers. It was impossible to not share my corona experience with you. And as it was difficult to write a month-long event in a single blog, I decided to write a short book and publish it on Amazon so that it’s available as a complete story for everyone out there.
2. What was your process of writing?
As you know Home Quarantined is a true story of my parent’s being found corona positive. I got the inspiration to write down my experience soon after they were taken away from me to the isolation centre and I was left alone at home.
Sometimes it’s the loneliness that urged me to write for hours, and sometimes it was the urge to stay motivated and positive amidst the crisis that helped me continue writing and compile the entire experience in a book.
My process was simple, firstly I completed my office work and quickly sat down to write the things that went around me.
Also, in this writing process, I hit the writer’s high by writing ( typing) two thousand five hundred words in a day.
That’s the best motivation a writer can get.
Also, I wrote daily for seven days which helped me with the flow and gave the story a good momentum.
3. Does writing a true incident become easier than writing fiction?
I think both fiction and non-fiction are treated equally by a writer. The research work, dedication and honesty that takes to write a book is the same.
As mine was non-fiction, it was even more important to keep an eye on the details and the authenticity of the information.
Though the process of writing a real-life incident is quick-paced as you the story beforehand, the challenge here is to balance your emotions and keep writing unbiasedly.
4.Any tips on time management?
I do write a to-do-list to manage my day well and get things done on time. But while writing Home Quarantined, I learnt a new thing and that is there’s nothing called as time management.
When you have a burning desire to do something you do it by hook or by crook. I had that desire to share my story with the world and so I did it, in mere seven days.
5. How did you publish your book on Amazon?
Once I finished writing the book, I read it for more than five times. As I did not hire an editor I had to be double sure about the typos and the grammatical glitches.
Reading the same stuff over and over again is the most boring part of the writing process but at the same time the most important one too.
Once I was sure about my manuscript, I designed the book cover in a tool called ‘Canva’ which is a pretty easy and free designing software. Also, the book title was finalised by me and I’m glad you guys liked it – your reviews say so.
Once everything was in place I followed the guidelines by Amazon’s Self Publishing Program and published the ebook in a day or so. You can read the guidelines here.
6. Why did you self publish it?
Traditional publishing is a lengthy process and takes months for the book to be out in the market. As the subject of the book was based on the current topic of coronavirus I was quite certain to publish it as soon as possible.
The sheer purpose of the book was/is to inspire you through the story and offer you something positive amidst the pandemic. I’m humbled by the overwhelming response that I received for the book.
This was how I wrote a 10K words short storybook in seven days.
Writing a book is not easy. There goes a lot of work, patience, determination and the writer’s time for a book to come to life.
I’ve always respected writers and bought their books (instead of downloading the free PDFs or borrowing from friends). That’s the least one can do to support writers.
Today, I would like to thank each one of you who have bought my book and left such beautiful reviews on Amazon.
A writer writes a book but its the reader who makes it complete.
If you have not read the ebook yet, just go and buy it now and download it on your mobile phone. Spare 45 minutes and I promise they’ll be one of the best 45 minutes of your life.
Hope you enjoyed this blog. Will see you soon. Until then keep reading, stay safe and boost your immunity.