So you’re going to write the next big bestseller to come out of India. You’ve decided to show Amish Tripathi and Chetan Bhagat that you belong in the league of top Indian authors too. Bollywood’s head honchos are going to make movies adapted from your novels. You’ve set your goals and you’re ready to conquer the world. You say goodbye to your social life for months. You make various sacrifices to complete your novel in time.
And then you begin approaching publishers. Just like that, your enthusiasm begins to wane. With every rejection letter, you can see your dreams dying. When friends ask you what happened to the novel you were writing, you are embarrassed as hell. You decide that perhaps writing is not the right career for you, after all. I mean, if leading publishers of the country think that you suck, they must be right, right? Wrong.
When you truly love something, you never give up. No matter what. There’s no guarantee that you’ll hit the jackpot on the very first attempt. Yes, that does happen for some. Yes, it’s an easy journey for some. But if you’re meant to only achieve success after numerous failures, then so be it. The harder the journey, the sweeter the taste of success. Trust me.
Of course, it’s easier said than done. When I sent my first novel out to a particular agent, he replied back saying that it didn’t have the potential to really attract publishers’ attention. I was deeply disturbed by that feedback. In fact, I cried. I was so upset; I didn’t touch my manuscript that day. What if he was right? What if all my effort was for nothing? What if my novel really wouldn’t see the light of day? I could have let his words cripple me. But thankfully, I chose to let his words inspire me. I woke up the next day and decided to prove that agent wrong. I continued working on my manuscript and approaching publishers. If anything, I approached them with even more gusto.
Eventually, my manuscript was picked up by a well-known publisher. And the taste of success has been extremely sweet. What I’ve learned through my journey as a writer thus far, is that the rules of love and passion are the same. Be it love for a person or for your art or profession. It’s not always easy but it’s definitely worth it. So if you really love writing, then you have to pursue it no matter what they say. Stand up for what you love and believe in.
As we all know, in the end, true love conquers all…
So keep writing !
— By Anjali Kirpalani
Author of the popular contemporary novel ‘Never Say Never’. Former anchor/producer for ET NOW, her short story ‘Reality Check’ is part of the anthology ‘25 Strokes of Kindness.’
This 26-year old is the former Editorial head for the fashion website, Stylekandy.com and has written for magazines like O-The Oprah Magazine in South Africa and Yuva in India. She has also written three radio drama scripts for Lotus fm in South Africa, where she was also an RJ, and guest blog posts on relationships for Missmalini.com.
Anjali is currently writing her second novel.