Hi, I am a freelance writer and editor who just gave up her comfy job to pursue my passion of writing and traveling. I took a solo trip to Kerala in India which opened up my eyes to the sad reality of my situation then. Since that day I haven't looked back and am working my boots off to reach my dreams! Ask Me Anything!

Shreya Gupta
May 25, 2017

23 years and a lot has become clear, while a lot has becoming bewildering as well! Streaming one's own path, that too in a career like writing requires grit and patience. Let's discuss our opinions and questions on the same and maybe we learn a couple new things!

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How do you feel about your choice? I want to learn more about you. I just started freelancing too because I like to write and teach others about my own experiences.

May 28, 5:33AM EDT0

Hey! Ofcourse, no problem. Firstly, great that you are freelancing for the love of writing! Freelancing, as opposed to how some would feel, isn't all about sunny days with laptops, writing what you love. Similarly my experience isn't​ all cheery. There are articles I love and hate too. Some genres I get into just because I can write about. You don't always get what you want! Having said that, I do not regret my decision even a bit. This was a conscious jump. I had no backup, no plan B, and I just jumped. I trusted my instincts and here I am. So, I'd say I'm happy, or atleast leaening to become happy. Hope I answered your question! :)

May 28, 11:59AM EDT0

keep 'em coming! AMA! Need more material to ask questions? Let me help you - Here's my blog. Some new questions popping up?


May 26, 1:22AM EDT18

Hello everyone! Thanks for stopping by this AMA! I will try my best to answer each question! Please bear with me.. I'm traveling to my next destination and facing some connectivity issues! But keep the questions coming! :)

May 26, 12:05AM EDT32

Do you like to write non-fiction or fiction or both?

May 25, 11:22PM EDT23

Hi Ashley, I am a bit more inclined towards fiction. Though I do love writing about food, travel and culture as well.

May 26, 12:00AM EDT0

Do you have many works planned or are you looking for inspiration? Tnx

May 25, 8:03PM EDT0

Well, I do have a little plan in mind. Hoping it works out! In the meantime, I am trying to gain as much experience and exposure as possible.

May 26, 12:01AM EDT0

Is your decision caused by not liking your job, or aggressively needing to write? Nice AMA

May 25, 7:41PM EDT0

Very nice question Lorraine! Initially it was not liking my job and the frustration that came with it. I had to really strain myself to see through the anger to list down things I am good at and really wanted to pursue.

May 26, 12:04AM EDT0

What do you look for in a story to determine whether it's good or not?

May 25, 5:02PM EDT0

An easy flow, less of complications, and more of relatable material. Too many farragos lead to too much re-work for me!

May 26, 12:11AM EDT24

What is the first thing you do when you know you need to write about something?

May 25, 4:33PM EDT0

I make notes...I have this little fancy diary (little embarrassing detail)! 

Also, I have a personal blog, so whichever idea creeps up I make sure to research and read about it and then have an entire Saturday morning schedule dedicated to nicely word it out! Coming up with new ideas is a little tough at times, but the excitement of having a new one does keep me up sometimes!

May 26, 12:09AM EDT0

I think, read and free my mind! I need a little space around my mind clear before writing anything work related or otherwise.

May 26, 12:10AM EDT0

Who is your favorite author to read for leisure?

May 25, 1:47PM EDT0

I absolutely love Agatha Christie, Sidney Sheldon, Dan Brown, J.K. Rowling and Cecilia Ahern!

Some new favorites climbing swiftly up this list are Jane Austen and Khaled Hosseini.

May 26, 12:12AM EDT0

What is it about you that makes you want to write?

May 25, 1:41PM EDT0

Wow! Lovely question there..

I have always been a very expressive person, an even more over-expressive kid. I always had to have a voice and I'm quite a rebel in my everyday life. I love words and their sounds and expressions and love connecting with people from all spheres and walks of life. There are a lot more things, but yeah, this is the jist of it!

May 26, 12:14AM EDT0

What has worked for you when trying to improve your writing skills?

May 25, 1:01PM EDT0

I think writing more frequently! It's just an excuse when someone says "I am not in that frame of mind". Just write 2 lines in a day, but write! The more you write, the more easy flowing the ideas become. And until you don't put pen to paper or fingers to keys, it's just a little thought bubble in your head! The more clear you are about what you want to write, the better the writing flows.

May 26, 12:16AM EDT0


May 26, 4:31AM EDT0

Do you plan on traveling more to find more inspiration, and if so, where?

May 25, 11:48AM EDT0

Oh yes! Very much! I am a very spontaneous person and even more so one who easily gets bored of stuff. I keep moving between 2-3 cities anyway every week or so to keep that pace going. I would like to actually like to go to Bhutan next!

May 26, 12:18AM EDT0

What kind of research is required for the types of writing you do?

May 25, 11:11AM EDT0

That is a very vast question, Andrew!:)

For my freelance gigs, I think whatever it is that the topic is related to. If it's travel or food, I draw from my experiences and even the internet and dozens of books I have laying around. When it is something for my blog it is mostly me and my thoughts and most importantly my readers, some of whom are friends and give me a word out of their thoughts each week. I try to then come up with something that most would like to read that particular week.

May 26, 12:21AM EDT17

Do you wish you had begun to pursue writing earlier in your life?

May 25, 10:37AM EDT0

I do. I used to lament over this, so fervently at times. But, it's in the past and you can't really drive if you're looking behind, can you? So, I made peace with it and just focussed on what next!

May 26, 12:22AM EDT0

What have you written about professionally, and will you continue to write about that?

May 25, 9:40AM EDT0

I have written about a plethora of topics - travel, culture, food, life, lifestyle, inspiration, product reviews.

I do hope to continue writing about most of them! Except maybe, honestly, product reviews. I would love to continue writing my blog till the end of time itself!


May 26, 1:14AM EDT0

Have you gone to college for writing or had other formal writing training?

May 25, 9:27AM EDT0

I had gone to college for getting my Bachelor in Engineering degree. I do want to go to college again for formal training. But, I have always been writing, no matter the scale, so I never really went out of touch with my writing. I have taken a few online courses and MOOCs. I was always good at English and writing in general, throughout school and college, so I think that has stayed and helped me.

May 26, 12:25AM EDT0

Was your trip to India relevant to something you've wanted to write about? Thanks in advance

May 25, 8:52AM EDT0

Not at all. But you know it's true - You can find inspiration and answers in places you never knew existed! Something similar happened to me!

May 26, 12:26AM EDT0

What writers have influenced your particular style of writing?

May 25, 8:19AM EDT0

I actually write about a myriad of things, so will just name a few on the top of my mind - Bill Bryson, Earnest Hemingway, Mark Twain, Khaled Hosseini, Jane Austen, Dan Brown. I am sure there are a dozen more where this list came from!

May 26, 12:29AM EDT0

What about your trip made you realize you weren't happy?

May 25, 8:04AM EDT0

It was the constant panic on day 1, the freedom I experienced during my trip and the anxious crying and frustration on the last day. Every little thing made me realize how unhappy I was. I was myself, no limitations for a week, and I was so happy and at peace! Such a stark contrast!

May 26, 12:31AM EDT0

What part of the writing process is most difficult for you?

May 25, 8:01AM EDT0

Editing my own work! I end up adding more instead of trimming down stuff!

May 26, 12:32AM EDT0