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Writing on reading Sula

Writing on reading Sula

I have found recently that writing off the cuff is not as easy as it once was. My mind was not complicated earlier by words like plot, structure, pace, POV…

Nor is reading as easy. Because though I immensely enjoyed reading “Sula” by Toni Morrison, I was analyzing it at the same time…how did she do this or that or another?

How about you? Do you think learning more on how to write limits your spontaneity in some way?

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:

    I don’t know if it kills my spontaneity, but it does hinder how much I can just enjoy a book. Certainly not like I used to, that’s for sure. Now I’m picking everything I can apart.

    Yes, darc, I know the feeling. I try not to do it most times.

  • No, but it does make me a harsher critic of myself.

    You are fortunate.