The Multiple Avatars of an Artist | An Interview with Author Dipa Sanatani

“I can’t say that I planned to write this book. I don’t believe the story told itself—as it is neither fiction nor a memoir in a conventional sense. I did not have the privilege of hindsight as I wrote in my diary. I’ve narrated the creative process and entrepreneurial journey in real-time as it unfolded in my life.”

What Separates the Successful from the Average? Lessons from The Merchant of Stories

Being a scientist has forced me to look at everything through black and white tinted glasses. In my wish list of manuals to survive the experience we call ‘life’ I also once wanted a ‘how to write without failing’ manual. Co-incidentally that is when Dipa Sanatani revealed her second book The Merchant of Stories. It is the kind of book I’ve wanted to read for a long time. 

Busting Myths | The Truth About Channeling Emotions as a Writer

A simple search in Google will show you hundreds of articles and blog posts giving you instructions on how to channel your emotions into writing. In fact, you might already know some of the most popular tips. Such is the power and popularity of the Tortured Artist stereotype–the romanticized idea that mental health issues help you write better. 

The Author’s Journey | From Infancy to Maturity and Long-Awaited Success

Sometimes I read what I wrote a few years ago and feel embarrassed. It’s not necessarily bad – it’s just that my priorities have changed. I look back and am relieved I didn’t publish it. You’ve studied numerous books. What is the trend that you’ve noticed between an author’s earlier works and later works?

The Writer-Editor Relationship | My Biggest Fan and Strongest Critic

A writer is very close to their work. What may appear to be an error to the editor, may go unnoticed in the eyes of the author. That is the difference between a writer and an editor. A little tough love here and there from the editor is only to bring out the best in the writer.

The Midwife’s Journey | Ten Things Editors Wish Authors Knew

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If the author is the mother giving birth, I am the midwife making sure that the baby comes into this world safe and sound. Each work of creation is different, and comes into this world through a different passage. Having worked with lots of writers and writing styles, I know that it’s a different experience each time. No two births are ever the same. 

A Guide to Co-Authoring: Six Fantastic Techniques to Share the Load

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I first came across the concept of co-authoring in a post on Co-Authors. It inspired me to research further, brainstorm and come up with a few techniques through which writers can collaborate to create their best work yet.  

Modern Myths with Dipa Sanatani | The Making of The Little Light

I wanted to write a book that would make ancient myths relevant for the modern reader while still staying true to the ‘heart’ of the myth. In Vedic Mythology, the Celestial Beings are personified as a family that have a relationship with each other – some complementary, others highly dysfunctional. What I’ve done with The Little Light is reinterpreted and reimagined those myths for the modern era.