- Tell us a bit about yourself.
I am Sifat Naaz daughter of Mahboob Alam. I was born in 2001 in Bihar. Currently I am doing Bsc. I also did graphic designing. I started writing when I was 13, although I never thought that I would take myself forward in this field because since childhood my dream was to become a doctor, writing was just a hobby.
- What inspired you to take up writing?
As a writer and author I derive inspiration from reading the books of many good writers, however my major inspiration for writing is my life itself. I am an introvert girl and since childhood I love writing more than expressing my feelings. I think writing is one the many ways of expressing, once you find the right words the magic comes from within. All the inner stories, feelings, storms anger and the battles, once finds the right words and the way to the paper is get imprisoned forever.
Doesn’t judge you, silently absorbs your wounds.
- What is your take on plagiarism in the writing community? Any suggestions on how writers can safeguard themselves from such practices?
Plagiarism is presenting someone else’s work or ideas or thoughts as your own. In the contemporary time, plagiarism is consider as stealing someone’s work and it is unethical because it is a form of theft by taking the ideas and words of others and pretending like they are your own, here you are stealing someone else’s intellectual property it’s immoral.
I would like to suggest that don’t post your work online unless you have a reason to do so and don’t
even share your work outside of those you trust.
Include a proper copyright notice with the work. Try hard to make it difficult or even impossible for a stranger to claim your work as their.
- Which is your favorite genre to write on?
My favourite genre is romance and mystery, however I am not so good in writing romantic poems or stories but still.
- Tell us a bit about your writing journey so far.
As I mentioned earlier that I started writing when I was of 13. I really had no idea that this hobby would bring me to this point today. And to be honest, I didn’t choose writing , but this literary field chose me. I have always been someone who loved to write all her feelings in a diary, I think talking is not always the best option so I resorted to writing my feelings and thoughts on paper.
“BATTLEGROUND” Was my first poem which I gave for publication in an anthology last year, the name of that book was “Hope”. From that book, my journey started as a co-author and I gave my content in more than 20 anthologies. Initially I thought I would not be able to do anything. This writing world was completely unknown to me, but I took one step forward and everything became easier. Recently I also compiled an anthology book named “Arcane”. I think everything has a starting point, if you hold on to that point, you will keep moving forward and if you miss that point then you miss your chance to show the world who you are.
- What according to you is your best literary work to date?
To be honest I like all my work because I know how much passion I have spent in it.
- What are your upcoming projects in the literary field?
I am currently writing a novel hope the world will get a chance to read it soon.
- Who is your favorite writer? What would you do if you get to spend a day with your favorite writer?
Shakespeare I love all his work and when it comes to Urdu writer, I am a big fan of Umera and Nimra Ahmed. The concept of both of these stories are always unique.
If I get a chance to meet any of my favourite writer a day’s time will go very short for me to learn
- How does it feel to be an award winner for your amazing work?
It feels incredible. I didn’t even dream that I could be eligible for this award. It’s not that I don’t believe in myself but still I didn’t think about it. Some feelings are such that we have no words to explain. I am really happy and I don’t have the right words to describe how happy I am. When your work is appreciated whether it is on small scale or a big we feel that our hard work have got the destination.
- What would be your two-line advice to upcoming writers?
I would just say that if writing is your dream then never give up on that. Today people may not know you but a time Will come when the world will recognise you by your words.