Writer’s Block

Manu S. Pillai is the author of The Ivory Throne: Chronicles of the House of Travancore

  • Why do you write?

    Because the alternative is life as the grumpy neighbourhood clerk.
  • Describe your favourite writing space.

    My home study — full of books, including some dreadful volumes on “spirituality”.
  • Your favourite word?

    “Ghastly”.
  • Do you have a writing schedule?

    Not really, but I used to do a lot of my writing late into the night, from dinner time till about 3 am, for practical reasons.
  • Ever struggled with writer’s block?

    Yes. Then I moved to a new continent.
  • Do you keep a diary?

    Yes. A record of all my nasty, snarky daily comments, which I collect for purposes of eventual entertainment on my deathbed.
  • What inspires you to write? Do you have a secret trick, or a book/author that helps?

    I’m thoroughly immodest and self-motivated.
  • Best piece of advice you’ve ever got?

    “Stop talking.” Men talk far too much.
  • Coffee/tea/cigarettes — numbers please — while you are writing…

    Chocolate by the kilo!
  • Which books are you reading at present?

    Peter Frankopan’s The Silk Roads: A New History of the World and The First Muslim: The Story of Muhammad by Lesley Hazleton.

Source: The Asian Age

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