Vinayak Nadkarni is an IT professional and a writer whose stories have been previously published by Penguin India and Story Mirror. His first major break through was the huge success of the book ‘Love Stories That Touched My Heart’ in the year 2012. In August 2017, he has independently published his book ‘Why So Twisted? ‘- A collection of 12 contemporary short stories.
How was your experience with the Juggernaut writing platform? What appealed to you best?
Well, to be honest, I started off on Juggernaut to enter a contest. During the process I realised how fun and easy it was to submit your stories on writing platform. So far I have submitted three stories and I truly admire this amazing platform for the new writers. It has a huge audience and if you are good, you will not go unnoticed.
What motivated you to start writing in the first place? What is your writing inspiration?
I have always enjoyed the art of story telling; be it through the writing or through the stage acts. The intricacies of transforming your imagination and emotions on paper through a plot and hoping that others would feel the same is a fascinating experience. The complexity involved in this process is the real inspiration for me.
How do positive or negative reviews influence your writing style?
Well, I treat positive reviews as the fuel for my creative journey; it keeps me going. Negative reviews are like pit stops, where your journey is briefly paused to check the possible damages and fix them. Though it kills your momentum, but hey! the journey is too long you need to constantly reinvent yourself.
Who are your favorite three authors and how do they make it to the top of your list?
I am a big fan of Sudha ma’am (Sudha Murthy). Her simple and yet captivating story telling technique intrigues me. Jeffrey Archer and Sidney Sheldon completes the list of my favourite writers. Be it reading or writing, I enjoy short stories more than full length novels. This is the prime reason for my choice of writers.
Often amateur writers get discouraged due to negative feedback. What would be your suggestion to them?
Well, review is a review – either negative or positive. First thing you note about your review is that someone has got time to read and comment on your story. It’s a moral victory right there. Now, if the review is negative, you have always chance to improve with your next attempt. Remember, in the creative world no one is right or wrong it is just a different perspective. In fact, I believe sometimes, too many positive reviews could be distracting and never give you a chance to improve. So, your focus should be as strong as Arjuna’s focus targeting the fish’s eye!
According to you, what is the one most important quality that a writer needs to have? Apart from the love for writing of course!
Apart from the affinity to write, one must not hesitate to experiment. Always ask yourself if a plot could be narrated from a different perspective. If you are not limiting your imagination then the art of writing becomes more fun.
Which is that one book which you can read over and over again? Why?
Wise And Otherwise by Sudha Murthy is one of my all-time favourites. It is a collection of poignant and enlightening tales.