Some writing tips by Twinkle Khanna for aspiring authors
With over one lakh copies of her first book sold, interior designer and former actor Twinkle Khanna became India’s highest-selling female writer in 2015. But while Mrs Funnybones was a compilation of her newspaper columns, with her humorous observations on life and society, her new book, The Legend Of Lakshmi Prasad, published by Juggernaut Books, contains four stories.
Warm hearted and socially sensitive, the stories take us away from the urban milieu in which she and Mrs Funnybones live. They are set instead in small-town India and in stifling, crowded homes.
“I thought a lot of the stories that need to be told are not necessarily city stories,” Khanna told Vogue for a forthcoming feature in our December 2016 issue. For the piece de resistance of her book, a 20,000-word novella called ‘The Sanitary Man,’ she went to Maheshwar in Madhya Pradesh and spent days walking around, taking in its habits and culture, what people wore and what they looked like. “These are places that need to get a bit of a push,” she says.
Having now shed the tag of a debutant author, she shared her salient writing tips with Vogue:
1. Read everything you can get your hands on: Programme your mind to read all the time and everywhere—even in the bathroom, skim through the lines printed on the back of shampoo bottles and sanitary napkin packets.
2. Eat carbohydrates: All these protein diets may help you twirl prettily in a size-2 dress but if you want your mind to take a few marvelous leaps then you have to give it the food it needs.
3. Live in the world of probabilities: Examine things with a magnifying glass made up only of what-ifs.
4. Find a tolerant family: These kind folk must accept the fact that you may sit at your desk for hours at a time while spouting vague excuses like ‘I will come out later, it’s too hot’ or ‘Don’t come close, there are insects on my desk!’
5. Walk, run, cycle: When you live inside your head for such long periods of time, you have to open the windows, air it out a bit, let sunlight stream into all the dark and dusty corners of your mind.
6. Relish being an oddball: Well-behaved, well-adjusted people are hopeless storytellers and, honestly, terribly boring.
We wish her all the best for her new Book “The Legend Of Lakshmi Prasad”