I am Alpana Deo, a published author of “A Girl In The New Town”, content creator, freelance writer, TOI NRI Contributor and founder of MothersGurukul. Today this is my introduction apart from being a mom of two lovely kids. Why did I say, “apart from” instead of “along with”? It’s because we all have a separate identity other than being somebody’s wife or someone’s mom. But a couple of years ago, these titles weren’t there. I was an expat wife. I am talking about the days when I just landed on the US soil. I didn’t have a lot of friends but I had my hobbies to keep me busy. I always had an inclination towards writing and I used to write occasionally. Since I had a lot to write during my initial days in the USA that gave me a good reason for getting back to my all-time favorite past time. Yes, that time, writing was more of a pastime for me. But as I started to write more frequently, I found it interesting. And today it has become my passion. Today, I cannot think of quitting it. I want to grow as a writer. I see it as one of my career options. So, here is how I started,
How I stepped into writing:
Writing didn’t start all of a sudden or out of boredom. Writing was always there. Just that over the years, it went on the back burner. I re-started writing with travelogues and short journals. And one day while I was reading the Austin South Asian Newsletter I saw their article submission column, I decided to give it a try. I wrote my first article for any newsletter ever. And later I became their regular contributor. In 2013, I decided to start my own platform and that’s when MothersGurukul was born. Initial years were more towards gaining confidence, exploring different genres and making connections, strengthening readers base. I applied for Times of India for their NRI contributor and luckily, I got accepted by them. I call that as the first milestone in my writing journey.
How do I feel when I am writing?
I feel connected to writing on a very different level. It is not just about drafting a post or getting comments but writing to me is penning down my thoughts, pouring out my heart. It’s about improving myself and getting inspirations from others when I am reading their posts. A couple of days ago someone asked me how I feel when I am getting paid for my writing compared to earlier days when I was writing for free? I stepped into writing when I didn’t have the work permit. Frankly speaking, I never thought about making an earning out of writing. I was writing because I liked writing. I was considering readers point of view and the areas I felt I have command knowledge to share with my readers. Money aspect wasn’t there in the picture. Today, when I have the work permit, everything is still the same but now I am getting paid for my work. It is definitely a great feeling when your work gets recognition and financial aspect also gets attached. It is a motivation but to me, money is not the only motivation for writing.
How I became a published Author?
Every writer wants to challenge himself/herself and improve with every article. To me, writing is more than just a hobby. I like to challenge myself with every writing piece.
In this journey, writing a book was on my to-do list since I started my blogging journey. For me, it was like a dream come true. When I held the printed copy of my first book, that moment was special, and the feeling was precious. It feels so good to be a published author not because my name shows on Amazon now or one more feather has been added to my writer’s hat. It’s because I actually lived the whole process of self-publishing. From start to finish, I did everything on my own. Designing the cover page, illustrations – everything I did it by myself.
You can do it too.
Yes, we all have some hidden hobby or talent which has gone on the back-burner due to lack of time and other priorities. But if by any chance you are getting a chance to get back to it then don’t miss it. Your never know, it might be your opportunity. Grab it and make the best out of it.
It may not be an easy and smooth road but don’t get demotivated. Keep trying, improve at every step and see yourself grow.