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Wednesday Writing: They Wrote to Me!


Creative writing needs a variety of inspiration—–a few weeks ago I spoke about a letter-writing workshop that I had participated in which sent me on a writing spree. I then sent out a call for hand-written letters.

Some really awesome bloggers responded, and  I’ve been writing to folks all over the world, people who I do not know in real life, but who already feel like they’re friends, thanks to the interests we have in common. And the letters.

Today, I’d like to share the results of two different sets of challenges, which my penpals Stuart  and Michelle have been kind enough to put up on their blogs. I love them for doing that, because it gives me a chance to share their responses with the world.

Michelle’s Letter Response

Stuart’s Letter Response

Please visit them: I’m blown away by both.

Stuart is a flash fiction writer with a lyrical voice that I love, and who I met during the A to Z challenge. Michelle I met when she responded to my call for hand-written letters, and I look forward to reading more of her work.

I’m honored they chose to write to me and send me responses to my writing prompts! I love writing prompts because they led me to my book of short shorts: A to Z stories of Life and Death.

Have you hand-written a letter lately? Do you like writing in answer to writing prompts or challenges?

A million thanks to Rachel Morgan, who featured A to Z Stories of Life and Death on her blog. It is thanks to people like her in the community that I’m grateful I have a blog, and blog-friends!

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 next literary crime thriller, The Blue Bar, is represented by Lucienne Diver from The Knight Agency, and was published by Thomas & Mercer on January 1, 2023.

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  • Damyanti says:

    Marian, I love the prompts you put on your blog 🙂

    Mark, you're most welcome!

    Neelkamal, thanks for the links.

    Misha, some of the letters I receive or send are not entirely legible, and that is part of the charm 🙂

    Kelly, thanks! Welcome to my blog, and I've followed you back!

  • Kelley says:

    I <3 handwritten anything 🙂 Nice cover, btw. From a newbie follower

  • Misha says:

    I love writing by hand, although I doubt I'd be able to write anyone else a letter. My handwriting is terrible.


  • HELLO…

    please come to my blogs & pls join my blog

    बहुत ही सुन्दर लेख है आपकी बधाई स्वीकार करें
    मैं आपके ब्लाग का फालोवर हूँ क्या आपको नहीं लगता की आपको भी मेरे ब्लाग में आकर अपनी सदस्यता का समावेश करना चाहिए मुझे बहुत प्रसन्नता होगी जब आप मेरे ब्लाग पर अपनी उपस्थिति दर्ज कराएँगे तो आपकी आगमन की आशा में पलकें बिछाए……..
    आपका ब्लागर मित्र
    नीलकमल वैष्णव "अनिश"

    इस लिंक के द्वारा आप मेरे ब्लाग तक पहुँच सकते हैं धन्यवाद्

    1- MITRA-MADHUR: ज्ञान की कुंजी ……

    2- BINDAAS_BAATEN: व्यंगात्मक क्षणिकाएं……

    3- MADHUR VAANI: व्यंगात्मक क्षणिकाएं……

  • Damyanti says:

    I'm happy and proud I've started a movement…actually it was started at the workshop I attended 🙂

    Stuart…WILL write that letter, promise!

    Guilie and Mish…you ladies rock!

  • Mark Noce says:

    Groovy post and cool blog! Thanks for hipping me to these new books/authors:)

  • mish says:

    Thank you to Damyanti for starting this "movement" … YAY !!!
    And yes Guilie , it IS spreading and I'm so looking forward to discovering how it will impact my writing skills and help with the development of a natural writing voice ! And of course the added bonus of that personal one-on-one with pen-pals . It's a win-win situation all round !

  • Guilie says:

    Oooooh…. So YOU're the one that started it all 🙂 I've just begun trading letters with Michelle too — how cool is that? Your movement is spreading, darling! I think it's a fantastic thing, so much more personal than email or blogging, and I look forward to having a "handwritten section" for my blog too 🙂 Thanks for creating this!

  • Thanks Damyanti. I'm still looking forward to hearing back from you. It is fun to WRITE. Thank you also for the nods. It's such a joy getting to know you.

  • Marian Allen says:

    I used to love writing by hand, but I've been spoiled by the rapidity and legibility of the keyboard. I still enjoy doing some fiction and poetry by hand. It feels very luxurious.

    YES, I love writing prompts! I've gotten some very satisfying work that started with prompts or exercises. I provide a prompt every day on my own blog. 🙂

    Marian Allen
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