Ankita Ahuja - I Believe and Love Living in the Present (Freelance Content Writer)

Ankita Ahuja

I am a quirky, non-conventional, and an ‘accidental writer’ by profession. A talent acquisition professional turned writer, my journey in content writing spans nearly six years and counting. 

1. Tell us more about your background and journey. 

A fun-loving and happy-go-lucky soul, I have been brought up across India, thanks to my Dad. It has given me a broad exposure to different cultures, traditions, and people who have become an integral part of life. By education, I am a Commerce Graduate with a specialization in Advertising and Marketing. 

I chose to start working immediately after my graduation to gain experience in the real world. Somehow the practicality and experiences of life far preceded the nuance of actually studying about it. 

I started my professional journey as an in-house career counsellor and inside sales representative in one of the leading job portals. I swiftly changed my stream to recruitment and talent acquisition within 18 months. 

I have worked for some leading multinationals handling talent acquisition for nearly six years before finally zeroing in on my current career. 

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

I call myself an ‘accidental writer.’ I chose to quit my full-time profession to take care of my kid when we shifted to Delhi/NCR nearly ten years ago. This transition phase allowed me to think about a different ‘Work from home’ career opportunity in the market. 

I never thought or dreamed of becoming a Content Writer My husbands’ friend first proposed this idea to me and connected me with a content writer at that time. I was utterly amazed by the world of Content Writing. It was hard for me to imagine writing about different places without even visiting them! (I started as a travel writer.) 

Post that, everything has just fallen into place, and it has been an active six years I have been writing. The journey has only become more adventurous and full of learning thereon. 

3. How would you distinguish the term blogger from an influencer? 

The two coexist in many ways because the bigger idea is to train the mind to think beyond their familiar realms and showcase what we may already know, in simpler terms. 

A blogger can captivate the mind and soul by ‘marrying an idea to the words’ representing them. However, an influencer can reach out to the audience by captivating their thoughts and transforming them to think more than they already do. They literally ‘influence you’ and stimulate you to do much more. 

I adore some of the best influencers, such as Gary Vee, Vanessa Lau, and Kamaldeep Singh. I admire them for their simplicity in communication, messaging, and adding a subtle sense of inspiration with every post. 

4. Who is your favourite writer, and why? 

I have been an avid reader all through my growing years. I enjoyed reading fiction books and mystery thrillers such as Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys, and the abridged versions of Ramayana and Mahabharata. 

My tastes have evolved over time, and I have enjoyed reading Danielle Steele, Nora Roberts, Anand Neelakantan, and JK Rowling. However, my recent favourites are autobiographies, and so far, I have thoroughly loved Michelle Obama’s writing. 

I am currently reading Atomic Habits by James Clear and will be starting with Barack Obama’s books. 

To sum it up, I do not have one author whose works I can mention, but so many of them influence my thoughts and give me hope to achieve my dreams. 

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

My first piece of advice is, and will always be, ‘be sure you want to write.’ Don’t get influenced by the herd mentality and think that writing is the next best way to make money. It requires a lot of hard work and understanding of your subjects to portray them convincingly. 

If you zero in on becoming a writer, practice writing in some form every day. Whether it is poetry, quotes, creative writing, or even journaling. It will help you evolve better and make you a much better writer than you were yesterday. (my personal favourite is quotes and taglines) 

6. Which is your favourite book and why? 

‘Becoming’ has become my all-time favourite book. It is an autobiography of Michelle Obama and her journey from a simple girl belonging to the South Side of Chicago to the First Lady Of The United States (FLOTUS). 

This book is full of inspiration, hope, grit, and determination from the word go. Every page and every chapter gave me hope to do so much more and has imbibed a feeling of achievement that ‘even I can do many wonderful things in my life with my hard work and passion.’ 

It is a beautiful representation of life, achievement, love, success, and humility. 

7. What is your idea of success or mantra in life? 

My mantra in life is straightforward– Live today as if there is no tomorrow. I believe and love living in the present. Everything I want to do ‘is for today,’ because I do not know what tomorrow will hold. 

Success, to me, is a relative term. Some people measure their success only if they achieve something material. I believe success lies in everything you do. If you have made a change in the way you think or have helped someone today, it is a success. It is different for different people. 

You are successful if you have made someone smile today. 
You are successful if you have eased a person’s woes today. 
You are successful if you have lived for yourself today. 

Ankita Ahuja

I am a quirky, non-conventional, and an ‘accidental writer’ by profession. A talent acquisition professional turned writer, my journey in content writing spans nearly six years and counting. 

My love for writing and reading has helped me evolve into a writer specializing in web copies, blogs and articles, press releases, social media copies, and research paper editing. 

My clientele is not restricted to one genre but spans across different verticals and streams. Writing is not what I do to earn money; I do to liberate myself from a chaotic world. 

“You are who you are, if only you believe in it.” 

Adios!


Freelance Content Writer | Copywriter | Web Copy Specialist | Content Editor | Blogger | Poet | When You Want To Voice your Ideas, I Find Creative Ways To Get It Done!

Interviewed By - Sandeep Virothu

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