"Writing Can Inspire You and Others and So Write to Inspire" - Muthukumaran

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1. Tell us more about your background and journey.

I am a mechanical engineer, after my graduation in 2017 I worked for a manufacturing firm for 2 years in various roles. My job at the firm was around online sales and customer handling. After gaining some industry expertise, in order to grow further in my career path I took up management and currently I am doing my MBA at Thiagarajar School of Management.


2. When did you decide you wanted to be a writer?

The aspiration of stories was within me from very young age, although the effort to pen down my thoughts happened during my UG days. As the saying goes “Birds of same feather flock together”, one my UG friend and I started to write stories. He was already a story writer and he started discussing stories with me that created an initial spark for me to start writing.


3. Is it a financially stable career?

As long as there are readers, there will be demand for good content. So writing is a stable career as like other sectors there won’t be managers above you to instruct what to do. If one has the creativity and ability to transfer what he feels through words, he would have financially a stable career.


4. Who is your favorite writer and why?

Sidney Shelton, he always inspires me by his characters. His characterization would be crafted to very minute details that readers could easily visualize the persons in story. And I also like his plots, he is a kind of writer who speaks close to reality.


5. Where does your inspiration lie?

Inspiration is in words, whenever I hear something that I feel won’t happen all the time that is an inspiration. The feelings that I feel like worth sharing is an inspiration, the life of people who had fought against the odds is an inspiration for all.


6. What does your typical day look like?

I have a habit of completing a book with in a week. So I used to read at least an hour every day. I am maintaining a diary to write down the lines or facts that inspired me in each book. I would listen to music before writing a story and I am a big fan of outlining and I write an outline of the story when ideas flow in.


7. What piece of advice would you like to give to future aspiring writers?

Just write what you feel like is worth sharing to your peers, write to dust out your feelings. Get feedback from your friends, as it is always essential to know how quality your writing is. Again read articles and books to increase the vocabulary. Writing can inspire you and others and so write to inspire.

8. Which is your favorite book and why?

My personal favorite is Sidney Shelton’s Blood line. This is a story about how a women entrepreneur handles pharmaceutical giant of US. How she tackles all the problems before her, the personal sufferings she goes through and how she remained strong throughout the battle. It inspires the readers to stand against all odds to achieve great heights in life.

Interviewed By - Srinidhi Guruprasad

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