Ambreen Ejaz, a young writer who writes with the pen called Proud Pakistani. She says,”I think society provides enough tensions to turn someone into a writer, haha. But I believe that if a society accepts the brave writers who have the courage to talk about sensitive issues, it’ll encourage more and more writers to follow their calling.”
(Read her full interview below)
Q-What is your age and what makes you good writer?
Ans-I’m 26 years old. As for being a good writer, I think I still have a long way to go.
Q-Tell us about your journey from a hidden writer to a confident girl who now shares her views publicly?
Ans-I started writing poems in school. I found my best mentors there. My teachers made me more confident about my writing and I realized that I have to write for myself first. If what I write brings satisfaction to me, it’s good enough to be shared publicly.
Q-What do you think, a good writer is born with talent or with time the abilities are polished?
Ans-I don’t think that everyone can write. But then again not everyone who can write becomes a writer. I think a writer is born and how good they become depends on the effort they put in their writing.
Q-What do you think what role society plays in bringing up good writers?
Ans-I think society provides enough tensions to turn someone into a writer, haha. But I believe that if a society accepts the brave writers who have the courage to talk about sensitive issues, it’ll encourage more and more writers to follow their calling.
Q-How do you frame this, ‘Scariest moment is always just before you start”?
Ans-I think between picking up your pen and writing the first word, half of your work is done. When you are full of doubts and don’t know how to start or are top afraid to start, remember every writer feels this way. But once you start, it’ll get much easier to fight your doubts.
Q-Your favorite writer?
Ans-I think life is too short to read every book written by an author so I try not to do that. Consequently, I don’t have a favorite writer but many favorite books. But I’ll mention the names of the few writers whose words have helped me in one way or another. They are, Mumtaz Mufti, Qudratullah Shahab, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, John Green, and Haruki Murakami.
Q- What do you think are you born writer or made?
Ans-I think I was blessed with the ability to express my feelings in words but over the years I have tried to become better at it So, I’d say it’s both.
Q-Is youth directionless? If so then where is the direction?
Ans-Youth is directionless but unfortunately they are not the only one. The people who should show them the direction have no direction either. We will get direction the day we decide that we need it and on that day we will find it from religion.
Q-As a citizen of Pakistan what do you think where we are lacking?
Ans-I think there are a lot of things we lack as a nation but to me the thing we need the most is patience.
Q-Message to your readers.
Ans-Appreciate art, no matter in what form you come across it and let it transform you.