How I met the writer in me

Being in an IT industry has its own share of ups & downs. There will be times when you won’t even have time to breathe, you will be working late nights, over the weekends and so on. There will also be times when you won’t be having any work for weeks and you will find yourself fighting boredom.

I was in ‘fighting boredom’ phase, when one of the emails caught my attention. It was a mail regarding the Technology Festival which will be starting in the coming week. It had a list of events. There were two events which I found interesting: one was the one minute video event and the second one was writing a Tech Fiction. I was a champ in Windows Movie Maker application, so I had made up my mind in participating in the one minute video event. I was hesitant about participating in Tech Fiction, because even though I was an avid reader of fiction, I had never tried my hand in writing.

I had already finished the one minute video and was not sure what to do next. I then remembered the Tech Fiction event. So I thought let’s give it a try, and that’s how I stepped into a Writer’s shoes.

Having read tons of mystery, thriller, sci-fi themed novels, I had learnt that the main ingredients of fiction are the characters and the plot. Since the last novel which I read was related to crime fiction, my thoughts kept revolving around murders, detectives and criminals. I thought about a daughter being kidnapped and her father finding her using technology, but this was too similar to the Hollywood movie “Taken”. So I decided to change the characters. When I changed the characters, the plot too changed.

The more I wrote, more ideas flew towards me. Once, I was so engrossed in writing that I missed my cab to home. I didn’t realize how the time flew and ended up staying late in office! I enjoyed the challenge writing gave me. The process of creating a story was exciting. You learn & re learn many things in the process. You need to cross check each fact that you include in your story and sometimes while researching for your story you learn many things. I thoroughly enjoyed the journey of creating my tech fiction.

 I didn’t have much hopes of winning the event, since it was my first time and I believed there would be many people who were better than me. I didn’t even tell my friends that I had sent my story, as I myself wasn’t too impressed with it & I felt it wasn’t worth sharing.

I didn’t even feel like going to the prize distribution event at the end, where they were going to announce the winners, because I knew I would have butterflies in my stomach when they would announce and I was equally sure that I would feel disappointed when other’s name would be called out as winners. It’s only because my friends wanted to go that I obliged. Of course I had butterflies but as I was convinced of not winning the butterflies weren’t at their usual best.

It struck like a bolt of lightning when they announced my name as 1st prize winner in tech fiction. From the outside I had a calm demeanor, with a big grin on my face, but inside I was screaming with excitement, “OH MY GOD, OH MY GOD, I WON, I WON….. 1ST PRIZE!! THIS IS CRAZY!!” My heart was jumping with joy, but my head told me that maybe you won because there were not many entries for the event. This thought calmed down the excitement. But it was an amazing moment. My friends were dumbstruck. “What? When? Why?” screamed their expressions. But when they saw the ₹10,000 gift voucher, all they said was, “PARTY!!!”

Even after winning & receiving overwhelming praise from those who read my story, I was still not convinced that I had a good writer in me. It was only after I learnt that there were 10 entries for the event not just three or two, that I realized that I wasn’t that bad! And that was the moment when the writer in me smiled!

By the way, I won in one minute video too (2nd prize), and yes, my friends went crazy!