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Another entry into my write-as-you-think journal and I am spreading the journal out over two blogs I know, but I have never been known to be very organized. I have a whole lot of them offline, so maybe I will put them up one by one as I go along.

Today is the first day of sunshine after almost a week of cloudy weather. Though I have spent all of my life in the warm tropical and equatorial countries, I still love the sun, and hate cloudy weather with a passion. Somehow, it seems to affect the way I feel about everything, and it affects the way I write too.

The resolution for the day is to finish the two small articles that I can afford to write from the place where I am staying where internet connection is mostly unavailable, and time is broken into by meetings with doctors and nurses. My father-in-law is a little better, but still critical, and that makes a huge gloomy cloud hang over our heads even when it is sunny out.

The smaller, but equally important resolution is to flesh out some characters, describe them, write a few dialogs and see how they would speak. I know that wont help much in the long run, but it would be a beginning of sorts.

A write-as-you-think journal is more difficult than I thought, and I am quite kicked with the idea of starting another blog, where I can invite other users, friends, family and acquaintances and strangers and see what emerges.

For me, I don’t think I am able to cross the 300-word limit yet, somehow my entries get stuck thereabouts and refuse to walk further. This is due to a few reasons:

Firstly, this has to be an honest exercise, you cannot edit for spelling, grammar, punctuation or for any other mistake, and you write exactly what you are thinking at the very second you are at the keyboard. Secondly, you cannot take a break in between, it has to all come out in one shot, no pauses whatsoever. Lastly, you cannot just always describe what you see around you, you have to follow your thoughts as they flit about, jumping from one thing to another, and not guide them in any way, through visual, audio or any other stimulation.

I love the version of MS word I am using because it gives me the exact word count as I type, and yippee!I have hit 392 toady!

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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