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A whole lot of times, what is written today has been written before. In some cases, not once, but a number of times. What seems like an original thought when witnessing a birth, a death, while suffering pain, while falling in love or suffering betrayal, is in fact often a thought that has occurred before to countless men and women.
But what is exciting is the difference in perspective, the fresh way of looking at the human condition. It is all about making an observation that strikes a chord with your audience, an observation that people identify with, but something that is in no way hackneyed.
Which is why Shakespeare, who wrote hundreds of years ago still touches the modern man, why so many versions of his plays find a modern audience through plays, through movies, through debates, classrooms and discussions. Reams and reams of creative writing hits the world’s bookshops every day, but how much of it is truly original, or even work that comes from a fresh perspective, is open to question.

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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