Let me start with an easy question. What inspired you to start ‘ The Anonymous Writer’, as a Facebook page with a handful of people?
There was no real inspiration behind the creation of The Anonymous Writer. I just started writing one day and others started sending in their work.
Who were the people who stood by your side during the initial stage of your journey? Were you the soul admin?
I will be skipping this question.
Writing mostly comes as an addiction due to two reasons – either from a hard stroke of life or a passion. What was yours?
I don’t think one can generalise the reasons why someone decides to write. Again, I want to focus on the work we do as a team and will not be answering questions directed only at me.
One finds no or little poetry on your page. Does your team targets a section of people who love reading short paragraphs far away from the ‘real‘ literature?
To be honest, we have not had a lot of readers appreciating the poetry we post. We have some stellar poets in our team but because of the lack of interest among the readers, we are forced to restrict ourselves majorly to fiction.
I partly disagree with the second part of the question. Who defines real literature? I think some of our long stories are among the best ever written. I also think you are incorrectly linking the usage of heavy words with literature. If you read the works of Tagore, Narayan or Henry, you won’t find a lot of heavy words there. Again, who defines real literature? I think most of us have grown up reading classics in abridged English. That doesn’t mean that those classics are not literature.
The first classic I ever read was David Copperfield. I was six years old at that time. The version I read was written in simple English and it was an extremely concise version of the actual classic. But the story remained the same. I think we need to get over this ‘class’ mentality and stop talking like brand marketers. Do you know what the world’s top brand marketers say? They say things like, “We are not here to cater to the lowest common denominator“. I think that’s a very inane way of looking at things. As writers, our job is not to create work that only a select few can understand. Our job is to create work that the least educated can also appreciate. We are here to break class barriers, not perpetuate them.
Writers generally have a beautiful gift of imagination. Still their write ups are associated in some way or the other with their life. Are you write ups inspired by your life or are worn out of complete imagination?
They are a mix of both.
Everyone is interested in knowing this, though they hardly know – ‘What you do beside being an admin at the very popular ‘The Anonymous Writer’? Are you planning to write a book or a novel? (One of our team members has asked me to ask this question specifically ‘ Does running a Facebook page like the Anonymous Writer fetches two ends meal?’).
To be honest, it is a subjective thing. Some of the people I know have been able to earn very well purely through social media. Many others are struggling. So far, we have not monetised The Anonymous Writer’s content at all.
‘Who says, stories can only be written in complex and ornate language, probably then you haven’t read Tagore’, is what you had said before. What is your advice to those people who just want to write, write and write?
I think a lot of people are not really interested in writing to create something great. A lot of people who are seen writing on social media and on blogs do it only to get some short-term fame. Hence, my only advise would be, if someone wants to write, that’s great, but it must be done whole-heartedly, persistently and with a view to learn. Writing should not be a fad.