Vinayak Nadkarni is a new age author and has made his mark already in the literary circle with his successful debut book – ‘Why So twisted?’. This book, which was published in the year 2017, has received some rave reviews. Visit www.vinayakwrites.in for more details.
His story, A Repechage Love Story, has been chosen as the Editor’s Pick of the Week. Read it here .
Juggernaut had a conversation with Vinayak about his story.
Your story is Editor’s Pick of the Week. Please tell us more about it, and its inspiration.
Well, as much as I would like to discuss the inspiration in detail, I cannot. However, what I can reveal is that this story is based on a real-life couple whom I have witnessed from close quarters. The infidelity is a topic not much explored in the world of storytelling. So, this wicked world introduces us to a lot of interesting characters, secretive behaviors etc. I have tried to whip up a tale around this and, as the summary goes ‘Let the jaws meet the floor’.
Do you have any particular rules or rituals you follow as a writer?
I don’t think we can call it a rule, but I always soak an idea for at least 6 days. If I am still excited about the idea and if it has evolved into something more in the mind, only then I start to put it on the paper. This helps to avoid the frustration which I go through where I get stuck otherwise.
What got you interested in becoming a writer? Where do you go for inspiration?
Well, calling myself a writer is still scary because I don’t write that much yet. As clichéd as it might sound – but I love to tell stories, that’s it. It’s a fascinating journey to develop thoughts of your characters and decide their fates!
What’s that one piece written by you which is your all time favourite?
Well, the short story ‘The Pursuit’ from my book ‘Why So Twisted?’ is kind of close to my heart. It talks about every person who is stuck doing something else for whatever reason.
Your bestselling authors and books list. Why do they make it to your list?
- Sudha Murthy: “Wise and Otherwise”
- Jeffrey Archer: His many short stories
Sudha ma’am’s stories have a unique flair and are simple whereas I like Archer’s stories mainly because of the interesting plots he weaves.
Any writing tips you’d like to share with fellow writers?
Yes, I have got one simple and the most important tip. It helps them to grow as a writer. It is a tip no one else might have given to them. Many successful writers follow this tip. So, my tip to the fellow writers is: ‘to write’
It doesn’t matter whether you write well or bad – first write and then you can always improvise. Don’t wait up for the perfect moment, long vacation, etc. to write – just start scribbling and you would see how that momentum takes you forward. Cheers!