Nayantara Sahgal, on Passion
Novelist and photojournalist Nayantara Sahgal celebrates her birthday today, May 10th. She was born in 1927 into one of India’s prominent political families. Her novel Rich Like Us won the Sinclair prize for fiction. She is known as a writer with feminist concerns, delving into conventional Indian society’s gender roles. These days she serves as a political journalist for Indian, British, and American newspapers.
Quirky Writing Habits
Today’s birthday quote brought to mind some writers’ behaviors that some others may find bewildering.
Have you ever encountered sidelong looks when explaining your yawns were caused by that wouldn’t-wait 3:00am idea? Or found yourself trying to explain why your antagonist has their own playlist? Or what exactly a series bible is? Have you ever tried to clarify why your character has a twenty-page biography that readers will never see? Or why you drink coffee when writing dialog but scotch when outlining?
Writers Life – Yes, Maybe We’re Odd
Face it, some of the things we writers do seem weird to the rest of the world.
Some of those folks may even consider you to be a bit odd. Acknowledge them politely. After all, they’re just baffled. So go ahead and try to explain the whys of your writing process. Smile at their blank looks.
And then get back to following your passion and write those words!
Happy Birthday Nayantara Sahgal, born today in 1927.