We Write to Taste Life Twice, in the Moment and in Retrospect – Shreya Pattar

1. Tell us about your background and journey?


I started writing when I was 8 years old. At that time, it was mainly poems, short stories and essays scribbled in the back of my notebook, or submitted for competitions in school. I enjoyed writing for myself, and dreamt of becoming a doctor.

I took up science in high school, aiming to pursue medicine. Just a few months before my XII board exams, I told my parents I wanted to study Literature instead. This completely changed my life – I prepared for the SAT, applied to colleges abroad, and eventually got into one of the best colleges for English Literature and Philosophy in the world: Trinity College Dublin.

Once I moved to Dublin, everything just seemed to piece itself together. I met Jeff Weiner (former CEO of LinkedIn), and my LinkedIn post about meeting him went viral, garnering 1.5 million+ views and 14,000+ likes. That pushed my into freelancing and writing more on LinkedIn, and has now led me here – sharing my stories with the world! I recently released my first ebook #Anthology, and am working on my second one as well.

2. When did you decide you wanted to be a Content Writer?

I decided I wanted to study Literature. Freelance content writing came to me as a matter of luck. When my first post on LinkedIn went viral, millions of people saw it, thousands of people liked it, hundreds of people commented on it, and some of them contacted me to write for them. I got 4 clients from that first post, leading me to the world of a freelance content writer. So, when did I decide to pursue content writing? When I had an opportunity, and I said “yes.” 🙂

3. Is freelance content writing a financially stable career?

With freelancing, there is no upper limit to earning. Yes, getting stable income is a challenge. But, the limitless scope of earning is more enticing than the challenge of stable income. So freelancing is as stable as you want it to be.

4.  Who is your favorite writer and why?

My dad is undoubtedly my favorite writer. He has a unique, indisputable method of articulating his words, one that I have rarely found. There is a lot to learn from his writing!

5. Where does your inspiration lie?

A lot of things inspire me.First is my family, who give me a reason and purpose to keep working harder on myself. They have supported my decision and helped me grow so much so fast – they truly inspire me.

Second is the opportunities I see when I work hard. Right from getting online visibility and meeting extraordinary people, to earning money and achieving unimaginable things – I have experienced a lot in the past 2 years. These experiences inspire me to keep going and see what the future brings for me!

6. What does your typical day look like?

I wake up in the morning, lie in bed for a few minutes checking out my social media. I then cook breakfast, and start work from 10am onwards. I take my calls and work until around 4pm. Three times a week, I conduct Instagram LIVE sessions around 4:30pm. I then speak to my parents for some time, go to the gym, come back and have my dinner. I watch Netflix for a bit and sleep. This routine will change in a few weeks, once lectures resume!

7. What piece of advice would you like to give to future aspiring Content writers?

I recommend new writers to start writing and stop looking for advice. Yes, that’s the best advice I can give.

Because no matter how many questions you ask, no matter how many mistakes you try to avoid, no matter what someone tells you about their career… your journey is yours. And you need to get through it in ways that you know you can.

So just start writing, learn from the people around you, and start working on it. Make mistakes, repent making them. Get stuck up, then ask others for help. First – start writing.

8. Which is your favourite book and why?

Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder. It is a hooking and educational narrative where 14-year old Sophie receives mysterious letters asking her philosophical questions, and how she learns from them.

I like this book because it so effortlessly blends philosophy from the perspective of a child and the perspective of a philosopher, bringing relatable real-life examples and historical information to the reader’s mind. I read this book before I moved to college, and it was a joyful philosophy crash course!

9. What is your latest e-book about and how will it benefit the readers?

My e-book #Anthology is a collection of my best LinkedIn posts from the past 2 years. The e-book has 6 main themes: Writing, Student Life, Mindset, Everyday Lessons, LinkedIn and Freelancing.

With tips on how to write, develop the right mindset, grow an audience on LinkedIn and freelance successfully, #Anthology has received a lot of support and appreciation from the readers, especially those who are new writers.

The main benefit?  It took me over a YEAR to learn the things that are in this e-book… you can learn it in just a few hours!

– Shreya Pattar
Interviewed by- Swapnil Porwal