The author suffered from his mental health after an accident in which a computer monitor fell onto his head, but rediscovered himself through the art of storytelling in six words.
Ritesh Nigam of Earley, used to work as an IT analyst and blog motivational quotes, but after the incident suffered from nightmares and hearing voices, which led to ongoing depression.
After the accident, he couldn’t get any motivation to write or do anything. But on 17th March 2017 he read Ernest Hemingway’s flash fiction ‘For sale: baby shoes, never worn.’, and something triggered inside Ritesh who then wrote 50 six-word stories that very night.
In his own words, Mr Nigam said: “The ideas just kept coming, I used to do creative writing before so it came quite naturally to me.
“It kept me busy and gave me a sense of hope. The title of my book ‘Six words is all I needed’ perfectly describes my life.”
Ritesh’s friends and family immediately fell in love with his ideas and urged him to write more and make it into a book.
He added: “I wasn’t sure about it at first because I knew my family and friends had to say they liked it. It wasn’t until my wife posted it to Facebook and people I didn’t know were interested that I was keen to publish it.”
After publishing the E-book in six days, we set up a crowdfunding page at Kickstarter and raised the £3600 needed to publish the hard copy of the book. 1000s of copies of the book have been ordered from the UK to Japan, from Africa to New Zealand.
Although Ritesh still suffers from hearing voices, he has mastered the art of keeping himself motivated through daily practice of 28 minutes Yoga, positive affirmations and cycling.
You can read more about him at https://ritesh.uk