Today I share an interview with an interesting professional writer and blogger who talks about her path to discover her dreams and how she managed reaching them.
Share a few insights about you: Who are you? What is your personal story?
I am Surabhi. I best describe myself as a „Writoholic“, an inconsistent reader, a trained vocalist in Carnatic music, and a newbie runner.
I have been a professional writer for a little over two decades now you can find all my published work on my blog writersmind.surabhi
Chocolates, books, nature hikes, music, the ocean, and learning new languages always make me happy.
I was born and raised in the garden city, Bangalore, India. I have lived and worked in two other cities in India, namely Mumbai & Kochi.
After moving to the United States in 2015, I continue to write poetry, fiction and personal essays and have been an active volunteer in public libraries of Charlotte, North Carolina.
What is your business / working field?
Words are my best friends. I am a writer who does not wait for inspiration to strike. I am always writing, as a poet, a storyteller or as an essayist, not necessarily in that other.
I hold a Masters’ Degree in Mass Communications, from Bangalore University, India and have worked several jobs as a copywriter in advertising agencies and a content writer for websites. Before the pandemic, I volunteered with a writing group for the Public library in Charlotte.
Now, I conduct virtual writing workshops, helping writers find comfort in their words.
What is the kind of work you do?
While volunteering at the library, I brainstormed ideas and prompts for the writing group. I invited guest speakers, who inspired and motivated me to share their knowledge and trade secrets with my writing group. I love connecting with different kinds of people and try to bridge resources and talent.
When the pandemic struck early this year, I felt the need to create a safe, meaningful, virtual space, where people could express themselves and find comfort through writing. I started a series of workshops called „Move to Write – Write to Move“, along with my friend Jyotsna Srikant, a therapeutic movement facilitator.
These sessions are based on the concept that movement enhances creativity and writing ignites expression. Our workshops encourage participants to engage with the experience, so that it will nourish, empower, motivate and surprise them in ways that lead them to elevate their own path to self-discovery and self-expression. I also conduct a weekly writing group for writers from my hometown, Bangalore, India.
I am currently working on a bi-monthly writing group, where writers from all over the world meet virtually and share their writing.
What do you think about achieving dreams/goals?
I think it is important to chase your dreams and be realistic about your goals. My dreams help me believe in myself and my goals keep me self-motivated.
What was your biggest dream/goal and did you achieve it?
I have many goals, including writing a novel that the world will love. I am constantly working towards and building a strong writing community and keeping them together through words and writing. I am not sure if they are realistic enough, but they mean a lot to me. For me, it is most important to be true to my craft. I have been chasing my dream of becoming a successful writer and trying my best to constantly hone my skills and learn from other writers around me.
If you achieved it, what was the path like? Was it easy or hard? What obstacles did you have to deal with?
I have no idea where I stand with achieving my goals, but I am on an interesting and challenging journey. My path has been strewn with equal parts of roses and thorns. I treasure every moment, good and bad, because it has helped me emerge stronger as a person and made me a better writer.
At times, opportunities have presented themselves to me, like my writing group at the library, and I am grateful for it. Most other times though,
I have struggled to find avenues to steer ahead. These were milestone moments, when I pushed myself and created my own opportunities, like creating „Move to Write – Write to Move“ and conducting virtual global writing sessions to bring writers from all over the world together, on a common virtual platform.
What are your strategies if the way towards your dreams/goals gets hard?
When the going gets tough, my passion for my work takes over. I love what I do and I think that is where the roots for my motivation and determination stem from. I do not stop myself from trying. I explore other options and work around it.
My mantra is “I never, ever give up!”
This interview shows that it is possible to reach your dreams and goals. It is possible for everyone to reveal their true potential even if it takes some time. Personally, I like Surabhi’s mantra to never ever give up!
Many thanks to Surabhi for the interesting insights to her writing experience and sharing her personal path towards her dreams.