Anil Goel Shubhadeep... Both Relese 2.0 and Exit Point are very "visual"...they would make for good movies..but they dont fit anythign i can see in bollywood right now..and i dont see how they could reach western shores...Exit Point is a story for anyone, anywhere who has been online...but is a slick, tech thriller...who wud mk a film here? :)
Anil Goel Hahahha Simon. Grinning ear to ear :)... My life and Alok's life are very different. Yet as a writer, I am every character i ever created. I live them. I experience their pain, their hopes, their dreams, their world view. I experience it and i create it for them. When Alok is talking to Lucy I have been both Alok and Lucy...it sounds bizzare but its true...Im all of them
Anil Goel Hi Gitanjali. I cant presribe an exact process but write out each story in at least one page. All stories can really be told in just one page. Write that out. Then examien it. Is the char more imp or the plot? Do you already now the ending or is the writing journey going to be more about figuring out the ending. Get those first few fundamental things in place.
Anil Goel Once you have that in place it will serve two key purposes. One, it will serve as a springboard from which your imagination will maek leaps every now and then when you were least expectign it. That will allow you explore the boundaries of ur story adn chars. Two - it will give u skeleton against which you can rein in ur imagination so ure alwways working towards a story. That bal is imp. Gd luck!
Anil Goel Hi Farhan. Kaise ho? Are you fasting? :)..tx for the question man...makes me think about it...i think being an author has made me humble inside..very humble...ive realsied tat writers think they create stories but its actually stories that create writiers..stories look for a writer to bring them into the world...u have to surrender..completely
Anil Goel Aprosh - Release 2.0 was published in 2007 -the indusry was nascent, you had to submit hard copies by courier etc; now u can make electronic submissions. And of course being a published writer helped a lot...quite a few publishers read the full manuscript...during release 2.0 i got polite rejection slips on the query letter itself..
Anil Goel Answered ur original question below :) Unless someoen else asked. Exit Point was definitely easier because your credibility is established plus you have a fan base to leverage on. But its still very tough.
Anil Goel Hi Dibyendu. Thank You. Short stories should actually work better in todays day and age where attention spans are really low. At the risk of being repetitive, serve the story and not ur own selfish end. If uve got a story in ur head write it out the way its coming to you. If its not looking more than 20-30 thousand words consider writing short stories
Anil Goel Exit Point doesnt paint a grim picture at all. It actually reminds us that at the end of the day, we are "intelligent" beings. Our intelligence is the essence of who we are. What makes us human. Exit Point encourages us to address our intellignece. More than our physical needs. Intelligence is the master. Not the physical body it resides in :). Be the master :)
Shweetu Thank you for replying :). I don't know why I had that impression! Must get book now! :)
Anil Goel The Deccan Herald christened me the "The Prophet of Doom" although Release 2.0 shows both a dystopian and a utopian view of where the technology industry could b e. I have the character of Sudharsan Rao much more dynamis and energy and passion for Infinity than you know who has actually shown for Inf... likewsie for Exit Point... i dont want a moniker related to "Doom" man!
Anil Goel Ideas are all around Gurmeet. As human being we tend to be very closed people. We create scripts that help us navigate oru day to day lives despire our limitations. If u want to be a writer u have to let go of that security. You have to be open to all possibilities It has side effects. Being too open has side effects but there is no other way. If you question everything ideas will come :)
Anil Goel Dunno Sukhvinder. Writign is a form of self expression. It needs soul. U have to be ready to give, not waiting to receive. If you start writing for a living, the pressure to succeed or earn may take the soul out of it. The magic may abandon you. I dont want to kill the hen that lays teh golden egg...writing has brought beauty to me life...the beauty may leave me if im disloyal
Anil Goel Hi Amit. We all wonder at some time or the other about our purpose. Who am I? Why am I here? In this life? Where did i come from? Where will I go? Exit Point makes you think about all of that and gives you perspective...abotu who you possbe are...and what your purpose possibly is? :) Alok is trying to find his purpose in Exit Point...see if you can find yours :)
Anil Goel Hi Rajan. Exit Point revolves around the relationship of two very young, very intelligent people - a boy and a girl - who find themselves withdrawing more and more from a physical world where relationships are limited by geography and drawn more to the internet where there is endless choice. Their minds meet ...and things sdnly begin to happen...bigger things..all over the net...
Anil Goel Hey Ashutosh..no no i didnt have exit poit in mind then...i started thinking about exit point around the time Release 2.0 was in editing..but no connection...exit point came flying into my imagination from a completely chacne experience. OF course there is a beautiful linkage in the stories now...but u hv to rd exit point to find out :)
Anil Goel Sahil..great work...good luck with your book. I'm surrrrrrrrre people are ready for thrillers man...there is no reason why anyone would not enjoy a good thriller...good luck
Anil Goel All publishers have a std book querfy format. U can mk electronic submissions. chek their website. the proposal typoicall needs to include a synopsis, some sampe chaters who you are, what market u are addressign etc..good luck Gurashan...screw the publising bit...just write ..just go and write man...the rest will follow:)
Anil Goel I was thinking endlessly about the future of the tech industry..this was 2005...my mind wandered in crazy areas..i followed it...realised this is actually looking like a story...hadnt read much after grisham...so googled to see if an indian in india can actually even be allowed to write a story..thankfully chetan bhagat had got it going...
Anil Goel that gave me the courage to write a novel...to invest that much of my soul...knwing there is a small chance of it getting published...but then i started wndering wot the EFF i was doing for 30 years of my life till then..i realised how much i enjoy it...id never really planned or "wanted" to be a writer...release 2.0 did it to me
Anil Goel Hey Lalji. Just main piece of advice. Focus on the story more than the writing. I've met loads and loads of people who are too hung up about "writing" while they don't even have a story in their head. People want to read good stories. They don't want to read good writing. They will wade thru the crappiest of writing if the story is gripping but the best writing can't save an uninspiring story.
Anil Goel Hey Vinayak... i wanted to be an aeronautical engineer...i had a crazy bunch for friends at KC college...5 guys and 5 girls...5 toppers all girls...5 guys all louging..we went to fetch Huma from the library...i passed at least three guys studying for IIT...i saw the books and instantly lost my love for aeronautics
Anil Goel Hey Amit. Right now mostly just one of two things man. Most likely working. I work really long weeks! Otherwise the same boring stuff you probably do as well - running after a plumber to get a leak fixed in the house etc :) Of course I do all the regular stuff also - you know...sleep, shit, brush, bathe...but time is a premium...need to keep making choices every day :)
Anil Goel Manish - never say never. But i cant imagine writing romance. I dont want to write non fiction simply becasue fiction is wot excited me more than anythign else. There are three stories waiting to be writting. All thrillers. 1 is a psychological thriller but tech will come in. The others have a lot of tech. Exit Point also weaves thru an intense relationship betw 2 youngsters...but its subtext
Anil Goel Hey Ganesh. Maybe ill carve out a new niche. Isnt that good for readers? For the publishg industry? Ive grown up fascinated by the science and tech in jurassic park, matrix, the stuff by tom clancy...technoloy is not elitist man...tech is a part of everyoen lives...even my maid teaches her son using youtube videos..my watchman has a facebok account...
Anil Goel We live in an age of technology....and it surrounds us .... there is an incredible amount of tech sophistication that gets into play evertime u do simple things like oepn a web page...the packets travel through servers and networks all over the world using sophisticated algorithms...u dont need to know that to use it...but gtng a perspective cud light a spark :)
Anil Goel Hey Mayank. I write to save myself man. I find myself speculating over things endlessly. When a speculation threatens to overwhelm i try to brng it to a logical closure thru a fictional outcome.
Anil Goel I wrote Release 2.0 to stop myself from endlessly wondering about what would happen if all Indian techies in the world resigned on teh same day. I started writing Exit Point when I found i couldnt stop myself thinking endlessly about a chance Facebook chat with a complete stranger. I write really honestly for myself first...to find closure in such situations...
Anil Goel Hey Chinmay. Yes mostly non-fiction actually. The world is changing at an incredible pace. Its already a very different world tody and will be very differnet in 5-10 yrs from now. Look for the guys who are changing it - the kids at Google, Facebook, Whatsapp; Bezos at Amazon etc - and see wot they are talking about or reading..and start there. Bef u know ur shoppig cart wl be full of bks
Anil Goel Hi Murali. I live a lot inside my own head. Its an intense, dark place buzzign with all kinds of things. That gets intense. The best way for me to unwind from that is to get a sense of realism. I enjoy being lonely in a crowd. I enjoy going for a walk or chatting with strangers. It brings me out of my head and into the "real" world..tats what unwinding means to me :)
Anil Goel Hey Saroj. Like i just told Mayank i used to read a lot of fiction as a kid. Grisham, Stephen King, Dean R. Koontz. I dont read much nowadays :)
Anil Goel Hey Jignesh. Its crazy. Its imposs to balance. I dont think i do enough writing. I could be on my 5th book right now. I was travelling a lot when I wrote Release 2.0 so I got time on flights, airports etc. Exit Point was a very different experience. I lived for months, sometimes years with scenes and chars "festering" inside me and i had infrequent spells of "massive writing"
Anil Goel Hey Raju. For a writer I don't read much. I used to read Grisham, King, Dean R. Koontz a lot as a kid. Now its more non fiction in the areas i want to research. Im also terribly scared about getting "inspired" so i avoid fiction as far as possible
Anil Goel Hey Manik. Classic Q :). I must confess Writer's Block is a bit overrated. Its almost sexy. Actually "imagination block" is prb a better term. You dont imagine and write at teh same time. The Imagination is active all the time and its terrible when it stops.There were defn times i had such blocks but a lot of it was emotional. Exit Point is an intense story. It scared me at times.