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Writing when tired is almost never a good idea. You can feel sleep creeping up your limbs, your mind is more or less a vacuum, and if you’re like me, you might have skipped a meal or two because you were trying to finish something.

But then, sometimes vacuum is one of the best spaces to write in, and out of nowhere, bone-tired after a 16-hour day, I’ve suddenly got an idea how to finish a short story. I wonder I did not see it coming all along, and now that it has come, I want to put it down on paper rightaway.

So, off I go to do some writing. On another note, I have started writing more now that I’ve stopped keeping count!

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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  • indigobunting says:

    I love that you’re writing more when you’re not keeping count!

  • uninvoked says:

    That’s good. You might want to make yourself a little idea box. Tuck away all those ideas that come to you when you have a creative explosion, and use them to limp through the times when you don’t. It’s what I do, and it has helped me limp through numerous difficult scenes.

    I do that, but this one was for a current project, not a random idea I could write on in future, but something to latch on to immediately!

    Thanks for your suggestion, and welcome to my blog. I hope you visit often.

  • DarcKnyt says:

    It’s pretty amazing what removing pressure to perform can do. 😉

    I once fell asleep on my keyboard trying to write when I was tired. The piece was indecipherable. 🙂

    Darc, you crack me up! Well, I went back and read what I wrote last night, and though it is not a masterpiece, it makes sense, and I’ll probably be able to salvage something from it later.

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