The next writer in our series is Balaji Venkatramanan, whose first book is published this month and is being launched in Chennai on 9 August. Inspired by Roald Dahl’s writing space and routine, we have been asking our writers to tell us about their writing schedule.
Balaji Venkataramanan is the author of Flat-track Bullies.
I generally note down ‘idea flashes’ in the back of the train ticket or on the chewing gum cover and collate the ideas late in the night.
I write in my desktop, with any TV channel (preferably music) playing in the background. I generally keep Google open while writing.
I move from the bits of paper to the computer only if I am sufficiently convinced that I have got enough material to keep things moving right through the chapter.
After drawing a rough chapter outline I approach the individual chapters as stories within stories.
My goal generally is to write four pages a week. I keep looking for material for these pages right through the week. My assumption is that if I can write four good pages in a week I can complete 4 x 52 weeks= 208 pages which would basically mean one good book in a year.
Again, one swallow doesn’t make a summer 😉
(Even here Google helped me with the detail that it’s a swallow and not a sparrow.)