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Following writing prompts given in writing contests is a great way to kick-start some great ideas.

It lets your mind free associate, and provides a springboard to dive into a sea of ideas and images, and then acts as an anchor which keeps you grounded in your association of ideas.

I sometimes pick up writing prompts from random contests, often without even participating in them. I start writing, working on the ideas and images that strike me at that moment, just to see where they would take me.

And sometimes, a writing prompt comes from another blog, like this one.

Works well, especially when I am tied up in that bane of all us writers, the infamous writer’s block!

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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