Interview with Hetansh Desai- Author of book Zidd.
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1: What inspires you to write?
More than anything else, the innate need to narrate a story does. At times, not even a story. It could be a thought, an incident, a dialogue – either of these, but well crafted in the wrapper of admirable fiction. That does.
2: How long does it take you to write a book?
Well, the first one took me 5 years. But I’d think of the time taken to write the first one as a wrong measure to determine the average. I think once you get a grip on how it works, the number of drafts required and the peripherals around writing, 2 years should suffice to create good material.
3: In which genre you would write your book other than this Genre!
I think, for the most part, I’d stick to drama.
4: How did publishing your first book change your process of writing?
It has certainly given me more clarity. The way people react to your material helps you introspect. You still write it for yourself. However, once you get an insight into how other people think and perceive, and once they share it with you, you look at your own novel in a slightly different light. So it certainly does give you more clarity.
5: What are common traps for aspiring writers?
The biggest trap, in my humble opinion, is impatience. We, as first-time writers, want our material to be out there. We want it to get published as soon as possible. I think this should be avoided. It can be avoided if stop looking at publishing as the reward, but writing in itself as the reward.
6: How often do you write?
I try to have 3 to 4 good sessions of writing every week.
7: What does literary success look like to you?
This may seem a little odd, but literary success to me is just being able to put my best foot forward and share the story that I always felt deserved the platform. The reviews, the number of copies sold or the comments cannot be success, for story-telling is much beyond it. Anything done in life with pure heart is beyond it. This does not mean you become arrogant. No. You listen, you observe, you try and improve. But you do reach to a point where you know you’re done, and that everything that was within you has been poured out. Reaching that point, I think of that as success.
8: What are your hobbies, passion other than writing?
I love reading the Bhagavad Gita in my free time and playing and watching Cricket.
9: Which of your novels best describes you as a person?
Well, I have written only one! So maybe, ‘Zidd!’ does.
10: Have you ever written a character based on the real you in some part?
Absolutely, Vihaan comes close.
11: which is your favourite character in the book? why?
I love Parth. I felt I did his parts better than some of the Vihaan’s parts. I don’t know why – maybe because he is very unlike me. So, it was fun exploring him!
12: Can you tell us about your current projects?
I am pursuing my next novel. I hope it shall release in mid-2020. I have named it ‘Bliss’.