Hey folks! How are you doing? Recently we got into an interesting conversation with Dr. Anam Fatima, the author of ‘Not Your Traditional Kavita’. It’s been an enriching and fun filled conversation! Here we are, sharing some bits of it with you!
When was the first time that you realized you wanted to become a writer?
Dr. Anam Fatima: The answer to this would be – a long time back. When I was in school, I used to pen down my thoughts and from then I dreamt of having my book someday, to be known as an author.
Tell us about your writing journey!
Dr. Anam Fatima: As I said, I started writing from an early age. I used to scribble behind my notebooks initially, write for school and college magazines. When I joined Instagram, I thought of creating my own blog where I would share my thoughts with people (my Instagram handle is @aquario_canvas). When I came to know about Writersgram, I had already a stack of poetries on my blog which I compiled and submitted for being released as a book-my own book! It was like a dream come true.
What according to you is the most important part of your writings?
Dr. Anam Fatima: I think the personal touch and simple language are the most important part of my writings. Most of them come from my deep rooted emotions.
Tell us about your current book!
Dr. Anam Fatima: Well, my poetry book was published recently and it goes by the name ,”NOT YOUR TRADITIONAL KAVITA”. It is a compilation of English and Hindi poetries and it differs from the general rhyming pattern of poetries that we come across everyday. It is very easy to understand and connect with as I have written it in the simplest language possible. Even people who are not into poetries will love it. You have to read the book to find out the rest.
What is a message that you’d like to give to the writers out there?
Dr. Anam Fatima: I would ask every writer out there to never give up on their dreams, to continue writing. You never know when the right opportunity will strike. If you want something badly, you should go after it, work hard for it. There are days when you will feel like giving up, and it’s okay to take a break sometimes but you never know-your writings might be the source of smile on someone’s face or calmness in someone’s heart.
What does your family think of your writing?
Dr. Anam Fatima: My family is very supportive when it comes to my writings. My parents were very happy when my book was published, they are proud of me, I can see it on their face. Also my younger sister was ecstatic.
What is the next project you are working on?
Dr. Anam Fatima: I am currently working on releasing a book under the Green Book Initiative of Writersgram. Let’s see how that goes.
Do you have any suggestions to help become a better writer? If so, what are they?
Dr. Anam Fatima: I think the road to becoming a better writer is letting your imaginations fly. Understanding that when you write, your mind explores a world where there are no inhibitions. Become a free bird, explore your deepest emotions, connect with your writings.
What does literary success look like to you?
Dr. Anam Fatima: For me literary success is when my readers admire my work. When they ask for more of it. When they say they can’t wait for my next work. For a writer, readers are everything.
How did publishing your book change your process of writing?
Dr. Anam Fatima: It has helped me in understanding whether my writings are preferred by the readers, what they want, areas that need improving. Earlier I used to write for myself, now I realise that I have to write for my readers too.
What did you edit out of this book?”
Dr. Anam Fatima: Honestly speaking, I didn’t edit anything out of this book.
How often do you face writer’s block and how do you bring yourself out of it?
Dr. Anam Fatima: I face writer’s block very often.
I read some good books and try to understand what I am feeling. Then, I try to write down whatever comes to my mind.
What are your hobbies apart from writing?
Dr. Anam Fatima: I love reading novels, travelling and cooking sometimes.
What does a day in your life look like and when do you find time for writing?
Dr. Anam Fatima Being a doctor, a day in my life is quite busy.
I don’t write regularly. On certain days, I feel the irresistible urge to write. It comes from within.
What inspires you to write?
Dr. Anam Fatima Being an introvert, it’s the only way for me to express my emotions. It is a safe place where I won’t be judged. I can just let it all out on a piece of paper.
If you were a reader, what would you ask yourself being an author?
Dr. Anam Fatima: When is your next book getting published?
You can buy a copy of ‘Not Your Traditional Kavita’ by Dr. Anam Fatima here https://amzn.to/3iNcVUo