Anne Frank said,
“I can shake off everything as I write, my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn.”
In our #MondayMotivation blog focusing on the #WonderWomen segment, we present a woman, for whom writing is not just a profession but a passion which helps her be courageous. Meet, Writer, Content Creator, Poet and Storyteller, Swati Khatri. Besides being a content contributor to various magazines and online blogs, she’s also a published poet of two books. So, how did she find her calling as a writer and from where did she draw the courage to venture into a field which was completely different from her educational qualification? Let’s find out in her own words.
“I studied fashion retail management from pearl Academy of fashion. And the way I entered this (writing) profession was something I never saw coming. Of course, it didn’t happen overnight, because writing was always a hobby ever since my school days.
But as any typical Indian family back then thought, my parents did want me to spend time with books, however not with the books which I loved but my textbooks. Despite that I continued reading outside my curriculum, which laid the foundation for my writing hobby, and later passion and profession.
I grew up and never thought I will even consider it as a career option though. But after I completed my post-graduation, I could not find a job. I was disheartened and thought it was the end of the world. During this unemployment phase, I was home and had a lot of time which I utilized to catch up with my long-lost habit and hobby of writing.
I remember there was an opening with a local publication, and it was just a matter of chance that I went ahead and applied. That is where my professional journey started. Thank God I did not listen to my parents and left this hobby as a kid. I will say it was destiny that brought me here. It was as if I was born to do this.
So far, I have been able to get published with The Tribune. I have also had my anecdotes published in the much-loved Readers Digest magazine. I have even presented some shows with the All India Radio as a radio presenter. Apart from these, I have published two poetry eBooks on Amazon. These have received some great reviews from varied readers across the country and world, which has been deeply motivating and satisfying as a writer.
Besides this what keeps me motivated is the nature of this profession. The best thing about my work is that it lets me share my art with an audience even though I am an introvert. Being a writer is a fascinating profession because it lets me perform in front of my audience and yet not be seen directly. The thing that fascinates me was when I started posting my poetry on Instagram and realized that people really liked it. I was amazed when people I did not know messaged me that they liked what I write.
In future I want to publish my books in print. And not just poetry but other genres as well. This is because I don’t think art can be restricted at a particular genre.
I will say the most important thing I learned in my profession is
“To go with the flow”
As I don’t have a typical mass communication or journalism degree, I learned everything on the job.
And I realized,
“The best way to learn something is to start working on it. It’s the flow and consistency rather than perfection.”
To drop in a message to Swati, to follow her inspirational writing work, to buy one or both of her published books, and to read her many online blog posts and articles on various platforms, follow the links below:
Amazon links to Swati’s books:
Author pages on various platforms:
Swati’s articles/blog posts on online platforms where she contributes (or contributed in the past)
- Tribune article on Balance
- Tribune article on Connect Carefully
- Tribune article on The Perfection Trap