About Divya Ramachandran
Divya Ramachandran is a published author hailing from Bangalore. An avid traveler and creative soul, Divya originally delved into writing children’s fantasy books such as ‘Yoga with Mr. Foxx’ and ‘Short and Sweet’. She currently engages in writing books for professional and personal use in areas she has immersed herself in over the many years of her career – Creativity, Art, Music and Multiple Intelligences.
LiFT: Tell us about your book, the journey of writing it and its content.
Divya Ramachandran: About the book: Having creative trouble? Don’t worry! Creativity is something we are all born with. Some of us understand how to quickly hone that skill and some of us take a little more time. This book is a rough-it-out guide for those who want to understand creativity better as a process, as opposed to a mess we might have to wade through. Good luck getting your creative juices flowing!
Journey: Having been in the creative field for many years, I came to realize that the creative process is beautiful but it can also be an utter mess that you have to wade through. In the midst of creative blocks and the needs of the competitive market, its easy to get stuck or overwhelmed. This was my main reason for writing it. To provide a more process oriented appaoch to creativity, which would help people personally and professionally to take ideas from the mind to reality.
LiFT: Why you chose this title?
Divya Ramachandran: I felt the three main pointers to go from an idea in the head to reality are to ‘think’, ‘build’ and ‘create’.
LiFT: When did you realize that you want to be a poet and what’s your inspiration behind it?
Divya Ramachandran: I’ve been writing ever since I was a child, but I was not sure where it would lead to. I wrote short stories in school, moved on to poetry and professional documentation in college, and wrote blogs as an adult. Professionally I got into creative content and it was an interesting experience. I think every writer has the dream of becoming a published author. I was one of the many!
LiFT: Where do you see yourself ten years down the line in the world of literature?
Divya Ramachandran: I hope to create more impact with my work. I see that this book on creativity would have a lot of value in the current world. But as we all know, the world is constantly changing and we have to keep up with it. So I think my literature will be more in tune with these changes. That’s the most I can say for now!
LiFT: How much do you think marketing or quality of a book is necessary to promote a particular book and increase its readers?
Divya Ramachandran: The quality of the book is a must as it has to add value to the reader. That is of primary importance! Blind marketing of a book for sale is not the best route. I would rather go for personal face-to-face interactions which lead to sales, as it creates a better connection with the reader and audience!
LiFT: What is the message you want to spread among folks with your writings?
Divya Ramachandran: I would like to encourage everyone to write more! We humans have a plethora of knowledge to share! Don’t keep it all just in your own head!
LiFT: What do you do apart from writing?
Divya Ramachandran: I’m a professional artist, TEDx speaker, and musician!
LiFT: What are the activities you resort to when you face a writer’s block?
Divya Ramachandran: Well, it’s all there in my book! I think I break structured thought and final expectations of the work to break a block. If I don’t connect with the writing, the empty feeling could lead to even worse! Hence connecting with the work and not following pre-defined rules would help break blocks. Also, read more and more and more! Trust the process!
LiFT: Are you working on your next book? If yes, please tell us something about it.
Divya Ramachandran: I have two fantasy children’s stories coming up.
LiFT: What are your suggestions to the budding writers/poets so that they could improve their writing skills?
Divya Ramachandran: Read more. Write more. Don’t look for perfection in your work. That comes later. Look for substance and value. If you don’t connect with your or your work does not add value to your readers, then it’s time to work harder and deeper!