“Writing a book isn’t easy. It’s a struggle. It’s exciting. It’s enormously satisfying.”

Prem Rao

It Can’t Be You: I was fascinated by the title. It gave tremendous scope for me as the writer to chart out the plot of a thriller. I had made up my mind. My first book would have to be a thriller. It would be a small tribute to the thriller writers I had read and admired for years, having been a voracious reader from my early childhood.

Frequently, the thoughts and wishes of writers remain dreams until they come across a catalyst which urges them to action, to translate those dreams to reality. For me the catalyst was the National Novel Writing Month or NaNoWriMo as it is popularly called. An international competition held each year in which you need to write a novel of 50,000 words during the calendar month of November to be declared a winner.

The choice of a theme wasn’t too difficult for me. The story had to be at the intersection of two of my major interests, human psychology and the military. What better than to write a psychological thriller concerning a military man? I completed NaNoWriMo for the first time in 2009. The whole of 2010 was spent in refining it, finding a publisher, etc. until the magic moment dawned on November 29, 2010. The book launch at The Crosswords at Bangalore was one of the most memorable days of my life.

My advice for what it is worth. Take to writing because you love to write not because you have to. Income by writing alone seldom brings bread on your table. I write because I re-discovered this passion after a long gap of many, many years. It’s never too late for you to start. My debut novel was published a little after my 59th birthday.

Writing a book isn’t easy. It’s a struggle. It’s exciting. It shows you what you are capable of doing and at the end of it all, it is enormously satisfying. If this appeals to you, just go ahead and write that book, the one you have been thinking of for years,

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