Inspiring Inkhorners : In conversation with Ashwini Dodani

Let’s hear from Ashwini Dodani, author of Savoir Faire which is a collection of beautiful poems on Life, Love, Abstract, Nature, Songs etc. Ashwini is not only a successful social media professional and a poet at heart, but he is also a blogger whose blog is among the top poetry blogs in India. When he is not working or writing poems, he  is found reading non-fiction books, learning guitar and exploring new music artists.

Tell us something about yourself?
When you say something about yourself in words it’s a big responsibility to be up to it. I am a digital enthusiast in a world of writing, branding and marketing. I juggle between social media, poetry, marketing, compassion and love all the time.

What prompted you to begin writing poetry?
More than a prompt it was an experiment, I started of writing a few on paper but then as I couldn’t show it to a wider audience, one of my close friends encouraged me to create a blog and since then I have never looked back. I started reading and writing more poetry and with each piece it just got better.

How  did Savoir-Faire: Do the WRITE thing come together as a collection?
In 2015, that’s like 5 years into writing, blogging and poetry, I thought there’s a lot of stuff which I should compile and bring out to a larger audience, that’s how I started choosing few of my most loved pieces across the internet into a paperback.

How was the publishing process?
It was smooth and difficult both, it’s my first published anthology. The pros and cons of publishing are faced by everyone, from gathering a manuscript to formatting, purpose of the book, designs and editing. It took quite a while but then I thank people at Inkhorn that they were very helpful and guided me at all times. 🙂

You have a full time job. Then when do you write? Do you have a writing routine?
Job is for the stomach, writing is for my soul. I’m glad I’ve not yet mixed hobby and passion with a full time profession. It gives me me-time every time I plan to write. I have been writing on my blog since 7+ years now which I converted into a website in 2015. It’s been a great experience so far and all I am trying to do is improve since then.
Routine, not really but yes I am consistent. I participate in writing challenges, poetry prompts and some abstract writing. If not a challenge, I try writing at least 2 posts in a month on my website and almost every day on Twitter and Instagram.
Recently I have been very active on Medium. It’s a beautiful platform and all writers must explore it.

If you could pass along only one piece of advice for other poets, what would it be?
There are no rules when it comes to poetry, do not get stuck in the rules or formats or grammar, your heart should flow effortlessly and then if you require minor editing, that’s a must. Don’t restrict your work to rules or inspiration. Make your own identity and format. Do your own thing. Do the WRITE thing. 😉

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