Pallavi Singh [storycellar]
What did you first read? How did you begin to write? Who were the first to read what you wrote?
Perhaps around 5 or 6. My father got me several children's books. I don't remember how I began to write. Perhaps, in a classroom. My mother and teacher was the first to read everything I wrote.
What is your favorite genre? Can you provide a link to a site where we can read some of your work or learn something about it?
Well, I am a reporter and I primarily write reports. But I also write poetry and hope to pen a novel in distant future. For my published reports, one could visit my blog:
or, visit my reports on my company website:
For some of my poems and reflections, one could visit:
What is your creative process like? What happens before sitting down to write?
I start with a blank. Always. Getting started is the most difficult part. Then, I revise my mental notes, think about things I would like to write about and then, begin typing whatever first comes to mind.
What type of reading inspires you to write?
Good fiction, or a brilliantly written human interest story.
What do you think are the basic ingredients of a story?
the plot, the characters, the writing style.
What voice do you find most to your liking: first person or third person?
Third person when writing a report. First person in poetry.
What well known writers do you admire most?
Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Vikram Seth. Amitav Ghosh. TS Eliot.
What is required for a character to be believable? How do you create yours?
Basic humanity and vibrant expression. I begin with physical features, mannerisms and the thought process. Rest follows.
Are you equally good at telling stories orally?
Depends on the story. SOmetimes I am; sometimes not.
Deep down inside, who do you write for?
Is writing a form of personal therapy? Are internal conflicts a creative force?
absolutely. I am most prolific when in distress, dilemmas, pain.
Does reader feed-back help you?
Do you participate in competitions? Have you received any awards?
Do you share rough drafts of your writings with someone whose opinion you trust?
Yes. WIth my professor from college.
Do you believe you have already found "your voice" or is that something one is always searching for?
always searching. It evolves, i believe.
What discipline do you impose on yourself regarding schedules, goals, etc.?
For reports, I follow a strict deadline. For creative writing, I depend on my mood and impulses.
What do you surround yourself with in your work area in order to help your concentrate?
Loneliness. Solitude. Fresh Air.
Do you write on a computer? Do you print frequently? Do you correct on paper? What is your process?
I type on computer. I keep editing while I write. When I am done, I take a print out and proofread.
What sites do you frequent on-line to share experiences or information?
The Newyorker. The NY Times.
What has been your experience with publishers?
none so far.
What are you working on now?
on a poem on love and longing.
and on a news feature on the spurt in engineering coaching institutes in a small-town in India.
What do you recommend I do with all those things I wrote years ago but have never been able to bring myself to show anyone?
Must share, read out and seek critique. There might be a treasure hidden there.
New Dehi, India