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I’m Hearing Voices Blogfest: Characters on the Couch

By 06/02/2012February 1st, 2017Blog Fest

I’m Hearing Voices is an awesome blogfest hosted by Cassie Mae at Reading, Writing, and Lovin’ it! and Angie at Live to Write…Edit when Necessary.

This blogfest is a series of writing exercises we have to post on the 6th, 8th and 10th of February, and since I love stretching those writing muscles, I decided to join in!
This is what the hosts want us to do today, the 6th of February:
Have one of your characters answer the following questions (to make this work to your benefit, choose a character who is the hardest for you to write 🙂 Max 250 words (Not including the questions—only the answers).
Character storyboard: Vrishchik Chaturvedi

(I have chosen the antagonist of one of the stories, I’ve been writing for a while. His name is Vrishchik Chaturvedi, and I hope you find his answers interesting.)


1.  What is your biggest vulnerability? Do others know this or is it a secret?

    I don’t know that I’m vulnerable. I have one secret. Well, maybe a few, but all of them stem from that one secret. And why am I telling you this anyway? Never mind. Her name is Churi, and she’s made of very good steel.

2.  What do people believe about you that is false?

Well. Most people believe I like them, that I’m sweet. That I’m only a sushi sous-chef with no other interests, who has never cut through anything more remarkable than bits and pieces of seafood.

3.  What would your best friend say is your fatal flaw? Why?

I don’t have any friends on the outside, so a best friend is out of the question. I do have a very good friend on the inside, though. Churi thinks I’m a bit of a wimp, but I don’t think she’d say it is fatal.

4.   What would the same friend say is your one redeeming quality? Why?

My ability to paint, my unrelenting powers of observation. She likes my paintings. Which is why she is always so keen to find me new canvases.

5.  What do you want most? What will you do to get it?

You know, I wonder about that myself. Sometimes I feel it is my canvases, both those that have paint on them and those getting ready for the paint. I don’t have to do much to get them, though. Churi does it for me.

I always ask questions of my characters, and sometimes (most times, actually) their voices become very real. Vrishchik has been haunting me for a while, and though his story is not done yet, I already think he is a power to reckon with. Let’s see what he comes up with on Wednesday, because that is the day he takes over this blog to talk to another character in the 2nd part of the I’m Hearing Voices Blogfest!

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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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