Divisha Mithal

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1. When did you start writing and what inspired you to write?

I am a novice writer. I have recently started writing about 4 months back. I started my writing adventure with 100-word stories on some online platforms. And that got me hooked, thus beginning my writing journey.

2. Which books influenced much of your writing?

I love to read historical fiction, women-centric books and books with a slice of life story.  Having started writing recently, am still trying to figure out my writing style and genre that I would prefer to write in future. I do however prefer to write stories which are based around people in our daily lives, whose stories most chose to ignore.

My favourite book recently has been the trilogy being written by Frederick Backman;  the first two books in that series being Beartown and Us Against You.

3. What do you think about Penmancy?

In my nascent writing journey, Penmancy happened. And I love being here. It’s a wonderful platform for budding writers; what with monthly writing prompts, both for prose and verse form, as well as constructive feedback for your writing by seasoned writers and peers alike. It definitely helps in keeping up the motivation to continuously write and improve simultaneously. Besides the monthly prompts the various learning exercises be it Memelogues, Frymes, the newly introduced PenCent (drabble); always keeps us on our toes. It definitely is a great learning experience here.

4. Which Penmancy writers you like and why?

Besides, the writing experience that we gain here at Penmancy, it is also a great platform for interaction with some like-minded writers and readers. Being in this closely knit community gives a feeling of family, with members continuously motivating each other. Also, being a part of this community we get to read some amazing stories from some wonderful writers. My personal favourites are Kajal Kapur, Rham Dhel, Beryl Zyphyr, Shivani Salil, Sparsh Verma and many more. They all have different narrative styles and genres which give us a complete bouquet of stories to read and learn from.

5. What advice you can give to fellow beginning writers in the community?

So, to all those who are new to this platform, my suggestion would be to make the most of the opportunity presented on this platform. Participate in as many events as possible, learn from the feedback given; and as a reader, give constructive feedback to the other writers.  The more we participate in both writing and reviewing, the better we will develop as a community of writers, who may eventually go on to write something great.


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