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I depend on writing prompts to kick-start my writing every morning I sit down to write.

Sometimes, I come out with utter nonsense, because timed writing does not work every day. But on other days, I come out with beginnings of stories, or sometimes even a character or two who need to keep talking and interacting so I can figure out what their story really is.

Right now, I’m writing two stories, one of which came from a writing workshop, and is taking forever to finish, and the other is a line I jotted down while out visiting.

But by far the most tried and tested writing prompt for me is visual, it lets my mind roam. It picks up on different threads of thought and dreams, and weaves them into narrative. Surprises me, sometimes. Those moments of surprise are the reason I write.

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 forthcoming literary crime thriller, The Blue Bar is represented by Lucienne Diver from The Knight Agency, and will be published by Thomas & Mercer on January 1, 2023.

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