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#atozchallenge : J is for Journaling #writing #fiction #quotes

 Theme: Quotes from Authors and Bookish People about Writing

 The second week of April, and I’m bravely venturing forth in the linky list, and visiting more bloggers than ever, way
more than in the last six months — and I’m meeting some awesome people, and renewing old acquaintances. I’m also enjoying the interaction with my fab team, Guilie, Anna, Samantha, Csenge, Vidya, Jemima and Mary! If you haven’t met them yet, you’re missing out– they’re one of the loveliest, most helpful, wisest ladies you’re likely to ever meet in the blogiverse!

Today, we’re going to talk about writing and memory, and one of things that helps us preserve our memories, Journaling. Do you have a journal?

I keep a writing journal and a life journal, especially on the days when I’m neck deep in a fiction project. It helps me get back to the spark I was driving from and driving at when I first began. It helps me watch myself write, which I think is one of the biggest ways to write authentic stuff. We’re all to ready to gloss over bits we think might be unpleasant.

Honesty is a good thing in a memoir, but in fiction, it is priceless.

Here are the writing quotes for today:  

“If you want to write, you need to keep an
honest, unpublishable journal that nobody reads, nobody but you. Where
you just put down what you think about life, what you think about
things, what you think is fair and what you think is unfair.”
 ― Madeleine L’Engle

 “A little talent is a good thing to have if you want to be a
writer. But the only real requirement is the ability to remember every
.”– Stephen King

“Every secret of a writer’s soul, every experience of her life, every quality of her mind is written large in her works.”–Virginia Woolf

Some things are hard to write about. After something happens to you,
you go to write it down, and either you over dramatize it, or underplay
it, exaggerate the wrong parts or ignore the important ones. At any
rate, you never write it quite the way you want to
— Sylvia Plath


Have you ever done Journaling?  When did you first use it ? Has it helped you? 


Damyanti Biswas

Damyanti Biswas is the author of You Beneath Your Skin and numerous short stories that have been published in magazines and anthologies in the US, the UK, and Asia. She has been shortlisted for Best Small Fictions and Bath Novel Awards and is co-editor of the Forge Literary Magazine. Her literary crime thriller series, the Blue Mumbai, is represented by Lucienne Diver from The Knight Agency. Both The Blue Bar and The Blue Monsoon were published in 2023.

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