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INTERVIEW WITH THE TALENTED AUTHOR TWISHA RAY

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  1. Tell us a bit about yourself.

Twisha Ray has been writing since childhood, when her mother gave her a l notebook in which to write down  random musings, living amidst the city of joy, Kolkata. A computer science engineer ,an author and book reviewer . She is nationally and internationally published author created a record of several certificates and honours from the world most renowned and famous Institutes, organizations in a very short prior of time.

Her passion for writing had been since a very early age. Besides writing, book reviews,  surfing net , exploring the universe and photography is her passion . Writing is her companions in leisure. She has completed her graduation in computer science engineering and further pursuing MBA for her higher studies.

  1. What inspired you to take up writing?

In terms of inspiration I would like to relate my childhood . I was very restless by nature. As per I can remember at my very early stage (5/6 years)whenever I used to walk with my father ,grand pa(s) I explored a lot of things which were new to me but very common to them . I enquired a  my questions to them. Even though if my elders met any person (unknown to me)immediately I questioned regarding that person. Thus, everything in nature, human activities inspired me a lot.

  1. What is your take on plagiarism in the writing community? Any suggestions on how writers can safeguard themselves from such practices?

Plagiarism is the academic and literary equivalent of robbery, taking somebody else’s property. If you copy somebody’s test answers, take an essay from a magazine and pass it off as your own, lift a well-phrased sentence or two and include them without crediting the author or using quotation marks, or even pass off somebody’s good ideas as examples of your own genius, you are guilty of intellectual thievery. If you are caught you should expect punishment or contempt or both. I have seen authors get up in arms about the sale of Advance Reader Copies. The weight of the law that I have read indicates that the sale of ARCs is not illegal nor does it appear to be an infringement of copyright. Yet authors are stirred up, arguing in some places that it takes wrongful advantage of the author’s work. I have seen authors be up in arms against fan fiction writers because while the fan fiction work contains original work of the fan, it heavily borrows from the canon created by the author. What could be worse, then, than copying someone else’s work and passing it off as your own and ultimately earning money from that act?

What would you think of me if I wrote a book and copied 16 passages from famous books? Would you feel sorry for me or would you be at the front of the pitchfork line? How about if I started reposting one post a week from Medium (articles)  but under my own heading and my own title? Would I deserve some gleeful mocking? Oh yes.

An easy way to help you avoid plagiarism is to give yourself enough time when writing a paper. It is easy to miss something when you are rushed. Having sufficient time to do your research and pay attention to your content is going to put you miles ahead. When we are under pressure we stand a bigger chance of making unnecessary mistakes. It is one thing to cite your sources, but that won’t mean much if you don’t do it correctly. Make sure you know what the standards are for the paper you are working on and apply it accurately. You might be trying to do the right thing and still get it wrong. Proofreading is a requirement and it will also help with your plagiarism. 

  1. Which is your favorite genre to write on?

Literary Society fiction. Because I think the backbone of fiction is writing about what is to be human book which describes about ongoing societal issues. It influences readers to think about the problems faced in society. Main motive behind this book is to make humans think about it and work to resolve the issues

  1. Tell us a bit about your writing journey so far.

At my  early age  I was introvert by nature so I was comfortable more with pen and notebook. Thus, I started scribbling  random musings

  1. What according to you is your best literary work till date?

What will I say ??? Society will judge accordingly

  1. What are your upcoming projects in the literary field?

Not yet decided , let’s see what is waiting for me.

  1. Who is your favorite writer? What would you do if you get to spend a day with your favorite writer?

Rabindranath Tagore. Beyond My imagination what will I do.

  1. How does it feel to be an award winner for your amazing work?

Award is recognition so it is great motivation to work better.

  1.  What would be your two-line advice to upcoming writers?

Read stuff that’s similar to what you’d like to write and then read stuff that’s more literary, too. While you’re reading, analyse what it is that you like and don’t like about the book. Work out how the writer moves the story along, gets you into the heads of their characters, describes feelings and places. Don’t let the words wash over you – treat it like studying.

Write about what you know

It’s a cliché, but it’s true. Unless you’re very keen on research and are willing to learn other subjects in great depth, stick to your own experiences and feelings – you’ll sound more convincing and sincere.

Have your own voice

Don’t try to be the next Nick Hornby or the new Martin Amis. Just be yourself, and if people like the sound of your voice and what your voice is saying, then they’ll like your book. Agents and publishers are always looking for something ‘different’, a fresh viewpoint and a new voice, not just re-hashed versions of stuff that’s gone before.

Do a first draft

Again, this isn’t something I do – but most other writers do. It’s like laying down the skeleton and then going back afterwards to put the meat on it. Start with a synopsis and take it from there.

Don’t be afraid to self-edit

Be disciplined

Even if you can only spare a few hours a week, make sure that you sit at your computer for as long as you’ve said you will. You’ll find that you spend a lot of time staring into space, playing computer games, checking your email and making phone calls. But as long as you’re there at your computer, you’ll write when it comes to you.

Keep a notebook

Carry a book around with you, because, without wishing to sound too poncey, inspiration does tend to strike when you’re least expecting it and by the time you get back to your computer, you’ll have forgotten it.

Don’t give up

Writing a book is not easy. It sometimes looks like it is when you’re reading an ‘easy read’ book like mine. It was actually reading High Fidelity that inspired me to write a novel – Nick Hornby made it look like a piece of piss! I soon realised that it’s incredibly hard. It’s frustrating. You can spend a whole day writing and then just delete it all at the end of the day because you know it’s wrong. I deleted 100 pages of my second novel while I was writing it – three months work – that hurt!

You can get stuck for days on end without a clue how to move to the next section – you know what you want to happen next but have no idea how to get there. It’s a bit like being lost on a journey, really. But the thing to remember is that all this is perfectly normal, and even though it feels like you’ll never finish, actually, you will  and that’s the key. Finishing is the key. 

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