Long & short of writing
Short fiction writers Suzanne Kamata, Wan Phing and Monideepa Sahu were joined by author-publisher Zafar Anjum as they spoke about their love for writing.
- Published 31.01.18
Victoria Memorial: Short fiction writers Suzanne Kamata, Wan Phing and Monideepa Sahu were joined by author-publisher Zafar Anjum as they spoke about their love for writing.
Both authors explained why they write about what they do. "Most of my work is meant to be parts of novels that I was working on but that I abandoned. I tend to put everything that I'm preoccupied with into my fiction. I put my Japanese mother-in-law into my story, as well as my intrigue as to why Marilyn Monroe spent her honeymoon with Joe DiMaggio in Japan," Kamata told the audience at the Tata Steel Kolkata Literary Meet, co-organised by Victoria Memorial Hall in association with The Telegraph.
Kamata's approach to her her work is to "write scenes, then go for a walk to put them all together, to come back to them a week or month later". Wan Phing called her works "pretty organic", adding: "I'm quite an intuitive writer".
The panel had some tips to share on becoming published, with Wan Phing admitting that "getting published is the best assurance for sure, but it can be quite hard".
Sahu and Anjum had similar opinions on the confidence of young writers. "I come across kids who have two blog posts published and say that they're writers. Do not write 10 paragraphs and think you're perfect," said Sahu.
Anjum's tongue-in-cheek addition: "After 10 years you'll find what you're good at. After 10 years I still don't often know what I'm good at."