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kids-writingWriting can be such a bummer, especially if some days you need to sleep in a bit because you worked till late.

I wanted to sleep, sleep, sleep, snuggle in just a little more under the covers, but I must rise and shine.

I’ve started putting the daily word count below my posts, and yesterday I barely managed a 600. Which means I must push towards above-1000 today. Though these are disconnected writing exercises I’m doing, I find story ideas popping out, and sometimes I’m using them to further a story I’m already writing.

In other news, I’m struggling to find a good match for critique partners and writing buddies.(1 or 2 of each are good enough at this stage):

My ideal critique partner would :

-love my work all the time (kidding!)

– point out places where the work sucks

– do so without making me feel I suck, and hence dry me up

– be familiar with my genres: literary fiction, horror, fantasy

– give me pointers on how to set things right

– push me to deliver the revised version by certain deadlines

-tell me if my crits were helpful or not, and why

My ideal writing buddy would:

-kick my ass all the time, asking me to complete my 1000 words(am my own writing buddy right now, sigh)

– write like a maniac, and make me feel lousy I haven’t

-make me send him or her my stuff as proof of my work (hah, I have such faith in my dedication!)

– be gung-ho about writing, writing, writing

-get me going when I’m blocked

-not mind when I do all the above to him or her

Wish list, wish list…but I can live in hope, can’t I? Wishing and dreaming done for the day, let me take my nose to the grindstone….

Word count January 7: 650

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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  • DarcKnyt says:

    You’re getting there! Keep it up! You can do it!

    Thanks Darc, I do need the encouragement. Not had a peep out of me today

  • legendoftheprotectors says:

    I would love to be your writing buddy! I can do those things. And would love them in return! And thanks for following my blog!

    Thanks, Sarah 🙂

    An e-mail is on the way!

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