F R E Q U E N T L Y . A S K E D . Q U E S T I O N S
Here, I will be addressing the most frequently asked questions about Delicious Ambiguity. If you have any more queries, ask away in the comment section below.
Q1. Why are the book parts labelled as minus and plus infinity?
A1. [-∞, +∞] because everything real lies between these infinities.
Q2. Is this a fanfiction?
A2. I will not lie, the book initially was an attempt to write fanfiction but it was not doing justice to the story I had. So I shifted the genre to Romance wherein I visualised Harry’s character on Harry Styles but nothing like him. Do I even make sense? What I mean is, I use his name and his face but nothing more. The universe I have created is as fictional as possible.
Q3. How is the book divided into parts?
A3. The book is divided into 3 parts. The first part is of 30 chapters. Here Maira relives her last six years in a single day, laying a strong foundation to the thriller aspect of the book. Part 2 and Part 3 are relatively short, consisting of 5-6 chapters maximum because here I am wrapping up the past with the present and the possible future. There are three parts because they represent three tones in the book.
Q4. Why are your chapters SO long? Wattpad recommends a length of 1500 words.
A4. Yes, my chapters are long because a) each chapter lays down a hint that binds the story together for which I need to set in the premise. I cannot just state at the end that there was an A and a B and LOOK how that connected. So with each chapter I am taking you with Maira closer to the truth. b) I just have too much to say and express. c) this is my first experience to write a professional manuscript so yes, I am learning with every experience and will try to keep my future works crisp d) because why the hell not?
Q5. Are you any of your characters? When you write about anxiety, eating disorders, depression, mental health it seems all too real.
A5. I strongly believe that what I am reflects in my words. A single character is not me or I should say the conundrum of what I am is sprinkled generously on my characters. However my flawful characters don’t express my opinions and I don’t endorse their ideas.
Q6. Where do you want to take this book?
A6. This book, perhaps writing itself, was a project I had undertaken in my darkest and lowest times. I always have been an enchanted dreamer and a ‘story’ has always been within me. I took on writing when I couldn’t bear the darkness of the night or the brightness of the day. I wrote this to express and open a creative window for myself. I never planned to do this for money or fame exactly why I never accepted offers from Dreame or Inkitt platforms but now if opportunities knock on my door, I wouldn’t mind a small income as I understand the time and effort I have put in this.
Q7. What happened to your wattpad block party posts?
A7. Earlier this year a publisher had approached me and the contract included no part of the book to be shared online except for the sample they allowed. Following which I had to request Kelly to take them down with a promise that I would rewrite bonus scenes for WBP but then she had a baby and my publisher ghosted me. Long story short, WBP posts have been taken down considering it was a necessity back then and I reposted the book back on WP.
Q8. Will there be a sequel?
A8. No, I feel like this story is done, but I might have a fantasy of bringing Maira back when, I don’t know, I’m like 40 or 50? She has just went on the biggest journey spanning the book where she started as someone who sort of hated herself and ended up as someone believing that she could love again and forgive herself. I have to respect that arc and let her go and live for a bit.
Q9. What’s will all the poetry in the book? Isn’t that plagiarism?
A9. First of all, I didn’t know ‘poetry’ could prick someone’s eyes. What is wrong with a string of words, woven beautifully together that actually make you FEEL something?
Secondly, here’s what Jim Jarmusch once said and that answers for me. “Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, and street signs. Trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal from, that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (your theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable; originality is non-existent. And don’t bother concealing your thievery—celebrate it if you feel like it. In any case, always remember what Jean Luc Godard said: “it’s not where you take things from—it’s where you take them to.”
Q10. Authors on Wattpad finish books in months. I know you since your kneeldownforzayn days. Seeing the years you spent on this, why did you choose to particularly write Delicious Ambiguity?
A10. Will you believe me if I say I have grown wiser WITH Delicious Ambiguity? You should. It taught me about love and harboured great emotional honesty that I haven’t had the chance in real life to speak about. With each edit I did, I would celebrate the exuberant challenges of Maira and Zaahid’s relationship through seasons and across cities. Writing Maira taught me that my life and capability to love only gets strengthened, not broken, by heartbreak. If you know me in real life, you will find DA to be my sprawling scrapbook where I have copiously added personal details.
Q11. Each character you have created is layered with overlapping personalities. Is that how you see people or is that one of your writing perks?
A11. Err, you can say I see people differently. Over each edit in DA, the book found new character and a newfound complexity which gave me a complete artistic transformation. I had to rewrite most of the book with all those emotional layers. So, yes my characters are dark, meaningful, pointy, provocative and lived-in.
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