At 25, Nikita Singh is ready with her 10th novel. Here’s the secret to her success
For Nikita Singh, more famous as the writer of best-selling romance novels like Love @ Facebook and If It’s Not Forever… It’s Not Love, the writing process is quite spontaneous. “Whenever I have a story, I write it,” she says.
One has no reason to disbelieve her, given that at 25 she has just launched her 10th novel.
Singh, who started writing at 19 and is in India for the launch of her new book Every Time It Rains says agonising over blank pages is not for her. “I really don’t over-think before or while writing. It just happens”.
Singh, who has lived across India while growing up and now lives in New York, debuted in 2011 with Love@Facebook but was noticed with the 2012 romance If It’s Not Forever... It’s Not Love. After that, there was no looking back. “Six books in the first two years,” she beams.So, what’s the secret of her prolific output?
“No secret, just hard work,” Singh laughs. “I don’t have any five-year plan. I don’t count the number of books I have written nor write while considering that. I take a book at a time, start writing, finish it and then... write another one,” she says.
Her life revolves around her two professions – Metropolitan magazine where she works, and her writing. Is it difficult to strike a balance?
“Not at all,” she says. “I have always been doing something else while writing. I used to write when I was a student and now the same continues as I am working. My aim was never to only write and do nothing.”
Singh’s books sell, on average, over 20,000 copies and that makes them bestsellers in India. She draws a lot of inspiration from art, music, movies and her surroundings – and likes “observing people a lot, watching their expressions and behaviour”.
Every time she writes a book, Singh says she tries to flesh out her characters first and then head towards story construction. “My characters are not real, they are all imaginary. I know them and can see them, but they don’t hold any resemblance to people I know. The characters automatically and organically slip into their roles,” she says while talking about her writing process.
Unlike her initial days when she used to get swayed by what people said, she is now a more mature person. With every book, she says, she has evolved as a more confident person.
“The only new thing that I have understood is my own perspective. If I don’t trust my own instincts, what else do I have? This is the biggest change that has happened to me from the first book to now. If I am happy with my book, I know readers are also going to like it,” Singh says.
As a young author, she just has one piece of advice for people who aspire to become authors some day, and that is – “finish your manuscript”.
“Many people tell me that they started working on a manuscript but couldn’t complete it. Just finish it. There can be no excuse,” Singh says.
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