Journalist & Blogger Divyanshi Sharma

Divyanshi Sharma is an entertainment journalist, blogger, and social media queen. When she’s not gracing the world with her stories, intriguing thoughts about life, and special insights into her soul on her blog, Hiraeth, Divyanshi is working to advance her career in journalism and write stories with heart. Be sure to follow her blog and social media pages to stay up-to-date on Divyanshi.

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  1. When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer? Quite early, actually. I remember sitting with my mom during a summer afternoon when I was 12. I was getting bored and asked her what I should do, to which she said “Why don’t you write a poem?” I did, and I am glad because it was at that moment my love for writing developed.
  1. What do you love most about writing? The way it allows me to express myself without any inhibitions.
  1. What genre(s) do you write and what drew you to that? I mostly write romance. My personal experiences drew me to the genre.
  1. How long does it take you to complete a book or writing project? It depends on the project. A book can take years while an article of 1000 words takes around 2 hours.
  1. What is your work schedule like when you’re writing? Can you describe a typical writing day? I have an 8-5 job, after which I write for my blog as well. A typical writing day begins at 8am for me and ends around 9pm (including some short breaks, of course).
  1. What would you say is your interesting writing quirk? I write the best while eating a dessert. For most writers, it is coffee that keeps them going, but for me, a bar of chocolate does the job.
  1. Do you have any suggestions to help others become better writers? If so, what are they? Plan well in advance what you want to write and how you want to write it. Also, don’t forget to take a short break of about 10 minutes after every hour of intense writing. Your brain needs time to relax. And install grammar checking tools, they come in handy while writing long projects.
  1. What advice would you give a new writer, someone just starting out? Read. A. lot. There is nothing that makes you better at writing than reading (and practicing writing of course). Also, there are times when you will doubt if you can really do this; this is when you look inside and think about why you started out writing in the first place. Hold on to that motivation; it goes a long way.
  1. How do you handle writer’s block? I try and focus on other things for a while. I am a hardcore gamer too. So, the way out of a writer’s block for me is my Playstation.
  1. What, in your opinion, are the most important elements of good writing? I think for writing to be good, it has to connect with the readers in some way. The writer must remember that he/she is writing for the readers and has to keep their interests in mind. Another element is that if there are any citations, they should be specified clearly. Nobody likes to feel that their work has been stolen. And then, of course, all writers need to ensure proper punctuation, grammar, and spelling. These things affect the reader’s experience tremendously.
  1. What is the most difficult part about writing for you? How do you overcome it? Procrastination. It is always easier to put things on hold. I overcome this by rewarding myself each time I complete a task on time. It could be a dress that I wanted to buy or by ordering a dish that I really like.
  1. Do you watch anime, documentaries, sitcoms, and/or reality TV? If so, what’s your favorite right now and why? If not, tell us what you’re into! Do you like TV? Yeah, I am fond of sitcoms and reality TV. Being an entertainment journalist, watching shows is a part of my job. I am currently hooked on the latest season of Money Heist.

Fun, quick facts:

  1. Tea or coffee? Coffee
  1. Cake or pie? Pie
  1. Morning person or Night owl? Night owl
  1. City or country? Country
  1. Social media or meetups? Meetups
  1. Paperback or ebook? Paperback (with a heart emoji)
  1. Spring, Summer, Autumn, or Winter? Spring
  1. Disney, Marvel, Star Wars, or Pixar? Disney
  1. Board, card, tabletop, mobile, or console games? Console games
  1. Type or handwrite? Type

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