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What a writer wants to do is not what he does

Writer at Work

What a writer wants to do is not what he does, said Jorge Luis Borges. This is true of me today on so many levels, I can’t begin to list them all. I wrote what I didn’t want to write, I didn’t write what I wanted to write, I read what I didn’t want to read, and vice versa, again, and so on and so forth. Not such a rollicking day in the life of a writer as you can imagine.

So, the writers amongst you, have you done anything today that you did not want to do?


As a co-host, here’s another call to the month long A to Z Blogging Challenge starting this April : almost 1400 bloggers are signed up as we speak, and I have every hope that the number will cross 1500 by the time the list closes on the 2nd of April!

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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  • Damyanti says:

    Rob, I'm sure you'll do just fine :). Breathe.

    P V Ariel, the posts should go up on the correct date on your blog— i.e, A should be up on April 1 2012. Cut-off time is midnight your time, wherever you are, so that the post shows up as per the A-Z schedule. You'll find this schedule at the sidebar of Hope that helps.

  • P V Ariel says:

    Hi Damyanti,
    Good to be here via A-Z blogging challenge note. I too joined in
    my first post is almost ready
    which time is counted for this challenge as cut off time?
    Of course as a team member you have a big challenge ahead for the next one month. All the Best
    Keep up the good work

  • Rob Z Tobor says:

    I have a serious deadline for a sculpture and I am doing the A to Z too, So its not so much not wanting to do as not having the time to do. Although I will do in he end

    NO PRESSURE though …..PHEW

  • Thanks for taking the time to check out my blog and for your comments!

  • That quote is thought-provoking.

    I'm signed up for the A to Z Challenge too. I can't believe how big it's become!

  • Staci Krause says:

    I slept later than I planned. I visited my mom, and didn't expect to do that. I ate too much at dinner. and I expected to go to bed early, but I'm up writing because I got nothing done today. I just spent the last hour researching era appropriate names because I realized I had too many names in my book that started with J. So yeah, today was a little odd.

  • I didn't do what I'd planned, either, but I enjoyed it, anyway. I'd hoped to do some more editing on the wip, but instead, worked on a couple really cool blog posts for April. (I'm weird … really enjoy doing the research for some of my posts.)

  • Libby says:

    Oddly enough, I spent nearly my entire day writing my A-Z blog posts. It was good because they're all about my novel so it also made me think about where that's going (it's nearly done!). This will leave me free to spend most of April checking out other people's blogs, which I'm also excited about.

  • Richard says:

    Some days are beter than others. Today, I pretty much did what I wanted to do.

  • Yes, I'm at work, and I definitely don't want to be doing this right now! (The work, not blogging.)

  • Gossip_Grl says:

    My project writing will sooner or later have me writing to the murderer who is in prison, something I have never done before. But it hit me yesterday when I had my notebook out dividing the questions I need to ask those involved in the story. It kind of spooked me a little :/