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….I write quite a bit, because:

Writing to Shut You Up

Writing to Shut You Up

This is true. When I keep writing, I don’t really have to listen to anyone other than me and the characters in my head, and that is a blessing for those times when listening to real people in real life becomes tiresome.

Do you ever write to shut out the noise?

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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  • That’s right.. it’s very soothing and still away from emptiness. Writing fills up the heart with something of substance instead of being pumped up with don’t-know-what things.

  • Marian Allen says:

    I teach when I want to be the boss of the talking. When I write, my characters shout me down. Except for Bud Blossom. I’ve had to learn how to talk over him, in self-defense!

  • Betsy Cross says:

    Yes! Nine children (7 still at home) makes my writing a joyful and necessary part of my life where I process thoughts and express myself without interruption. I DO love feedback though. Silence is pretty annoying when enjoyed for too long!

  • :-)) No I mow the lawn when I need to shut out the noise. No one bothers me (They are afraid I’ll put them to work) It gives me exercise and I get to think uninterrupted!

  • Pete Denton says:

    That is true. I do like to get into the zone where my characters take over and I just move my fingers to try and keep up with them. I do feel at those times that everything else seems to fade away. I like those times! 🙂

  • DarcKnyt says:

    Having two children excludes being able to shut out the sounds of the outside world and real people. My spouse does an amazing job of protecting my writing time, though, and they all three are huge blessings. I wouldn’t be who I am without them.

    As for everyone else, though — eh, who needs ’em? 😉

  • indiraadams says:

    Oh, I defiantly do. When I’m have a stressful situation in real life, there is nothing that calms me more than just shutting the world down, logging on to my blog, and pouring my heart out. I actually noticed that if I write when I’m upset, I produce some of my best work. Isn’t it funny how that works?

    • Damyanti says:

      I used to do my best work when upset, but now all I do is write—the quality of my writing does not depend on my mood 🙂

  • I like that!!