Today on Newbie Corner, we have Diwakar Pokhriyal, a young poet who shows immense potential if we go by the various awards and recognition his works have already garnered.
Welcome to Newbie Corner Diwakar!
Tell us a little about yourself. How did you begin writing?
Well, I am an enthusiastic writer, but not the trained one, I guess. I have completed my B.Tech and MBA in Energy. Currently pursuing PhD in Energy field. If that doesn’t go well with my writing experience then I must say that I have written my first Hindi short story when I was 14 years young and first poem at 15. I have written 12 books as of now and I am a part of 74 poetry anthologies with poets around the world. My writings are available in various websites. I have won various competitions, including ‘Poesies’ award for Literature – 2014’, and have given few interviews as an author. A book in which my poem is there is a part of Limca Book of Records-2015.
When did I start writing? Two points will connect the answer of this question. The first point is when I have written my first short story during the age of 14, that was not so awakening because I wasn’t aware of the creativity and second is when I held my first published book and realized that dreams do come true. So during my school period of history and other boring subjects (from my perspective), I wrote 12 pages of a small notebook, but I didn’t take it as a serious thing. During my MBA after listening to the lecture about passion, my writing journey took another level and finally I went ahead with my first poetry book for publishing.
What is your favorite genre in writing?
Poetry is my favorite and will always be, I guess. Writing poetry is so fun. With my recent books Poetry for Everyone 1 & 2, it had become more fun. In those books I have written about 50 different forms of poetry. Mostly the poetry gets covered up with rhyme and free verse. Few people here and there will talk about Haiku and tanka, but nobody discusses about different forms of poetry. As a poet, who knows which form will appeal a certain individual? It happened with me too. Initially I loved rhyming, but now I like Acrostic, Alliterative, Enclosed rhyme, Glossa etc.
Who inspires you most and to whom would you dedicate your creative growth?
Inspiration is from within. I enjoy other’s creativity and their expressions, but my creativity comes from within and maybe that’s why I was being able to write on 50 forms of poetry creating a few of my own. If I would have been falling in the trap of favoritism with regards to poetry forms in my early time, I wouldn’t have been able to learn these amazing forms and let me remind you there are still more to learn. My English teacher during my 9th class, the dean of my college during my master’s and an established writer as of today has the pivotal role in my creative growth. Their encouragement and critical eye give me insight about my work and help me to grow stronger with time.
What kind of a writer are you? Do you plot the entire novel/story or make it up as you write.
I am still in search of my type. I believe right now I am in a learning mode. Learning different forms of poetry, illustrated different writing styles, then reading different writers also takes you towards different writing styles. So I am learning as of now, it’s too early for me to say that I am in a specific writing zone.
A rough idea is always there about the work, but I give myself freedom to change between. It happens at times that you don’t believe in your abilities, but when you reach the middle of the project, you realize the possible turning points. I keep space for the changes too.
Do you have a favorite place to write or a scheduled time to write every day?
Definitely not a specific time or place. I mostly write on my laptop and hence in that sense I might say that I have a fixed place (my laptop), but at times I write on my notebook or pages available or even on my mobile at times. An idea can strike you anywhere and hence the place is not fixed, the territory of idea could be. One thing is for sure, I write every day. I know that good writing or best writing is a misnomer for a writer. More you will write, more ideas will pop up, more depth will emerge in your thinking and hence you’ll refine yourself. So I write every day.
Who are your favorite authors and what is the genre that you like reading most?
Sir Ken Robinson is my favorite writer as well as a thinker. His thoughts on creativity in children or adults and his books Out of our minds and The Element are just out of this world. How accurately, he points out the creative element in everyone is astonishing. The second one is Bhagwat Geeta. This book isn’t easy to understand in the first read, it takes a lot of introspection and understanding to relate to the subject matter. It makes you think much deeper than we can even think about. Coming to fiction Shiva Trilogy by Amish Tripathi is another amazing set of books.
Where do you see yourself in the next 10 years?
On this planet earth, hovering around with freedom! On a serious note, I would like to see myself as a very well known personality in writing field. May be I don’t have to tell people my name or even if I have to, then their next question should be – ‘So what are you writing now?’ or in short, I would like to see me as thinking of another idea of writing a new book.
Is there one subject you would never write about as an author? What is it?
I haven’t thought about this as of now. With frequent mood swings and different things happening around me, I might cover all pleasant and unpleasant subjects.
How much important do you think marketing is to the success of a book?
As per sales it’s the backbone and as per quality readers it is oxygen. Marketing has become an integral part of the computer age. We see countless ads taking toll on our pockets. For the publishing industry, it is same. Readers will come to know about you only when you get marketed. There are numerous publishers around who publish your books, but their market penetration is extremely low. The advent of paid publishing is also because of this aspect. Without marketing, readers will not come to know about your book and hence your dream will come to a halt. Even a new enthusiastic reader reads a book which makes waves in twitter or Facebook or news nowadays and if that book is making waves without any marketing help then I think I need to take a break.
What is the message that you want to convey to the readers through your writing?
Keep writing and have perseverance. Write because you love to write and not because you have to gain anything from it. Once you accept poetry as your passion, as your integral part of life, poetry will nurture the depth and fineness of your thoughts and you will become a better human being as well as a better writer. So keep on writing, enjoy different forms of writings to understand its depth. That’s how I came up with ‘Poetry for Everyone-1 & 2’ containing 50 forms of English poetry. Enjoy life to the fullest, but keep your feet on the ground. You may want independence, but with it come responsibilities. If you want to enjoy the freedom, be responsible for the quality of it.
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Thank You Diwakar for being a part of Newbie Corner! Wishing you the very best in your future creative endeavors and life.