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How’s Your Writing Going This Week?

By 07/07/2020writing

Writing is taking it all out of me these days. I’m tearing apart my WIP and that’s not a fun ride. At all. Some days I feel like I’m going to write a ton and then don’t. On others I don’t think I’ll write much, and guess what, the day proves me right.

I’m beginning to see light at the end of the tunnel though. Things have been (slightly) better today, and I’m hoping they keep going that way through the week.

Off and on, I’ve been doing video interviews, and this week, I’d like to share one of them with you.

I speak about characters, how to make them memorable, and what inspired the characters in my work.

How’s your writing week going? And the week otherwise? What did you do for the weekend? Books read? Meals eaten? Tell me all about it!

My debut literary crime novel,”You Beneath Your Skin,” published by the fab team at Simon and Schuster IN, is making its way to TV screens via Endemol Shine.

It is available in India here.

Worldwide, here.

Reviews are appreciated–please get in touch if you’d like a review copy.

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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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  • Wonderful video with great advice. And, so excited to hear about your book’s future. Do tell us when it’s available. Maybe we get the channel here in the US.

  • denizb33 says:

    Gosh, yes, editing is always difficult! But when I hear of other authors busy tearing apart their WiPs, it helps get me motivated to do the same!

  • It’s good to hear that your writing is progressing. I’m finding it harder than usual to focus. And your Between the Lines video is intriguing. I’m going to listen to it now. What a great idea. 🙂 Happy Writing!

  • If readers find the characters interesting, they will often continue with a work, even if they don’t find the plot as gripping as they hoped.

  • DutchIl says:

    Thank you for sharing a part of your world!!.. a wonderful interview and video!!… sometimes one has to walk away from writing to live life and have something to write about… 🙂 i write something when the spirit moves me, when it doesn’t I don’t write!.. I thoroughly enjoy the gazette you send by email!!.. 🙂

    Hope all is well in your part of the world and all your tomorrows are filled with love and happiness!!..

  • Debbie D. says:

    I’m sure the dismantling will result in an even better story! 🙂 Best wishes for your continued success, Damyanti. I enjoyed the interview and was intrigued by the idea of interviewing characters. Insightful comments about western medicine and the money aspect! That is certainly true in the U.S. Turmeric and ginger are commonly used in herbal medicine here, as well. Cheers!

    • Damyanti Biswas says:

      Thanks so much, Debbie. Yes, it looks like a better story, for sure. Thanks for checking out the interview–that was very kind. Hope you’re doing well, and staying safe.

  • soniadogra says:

    I’ll have to be back for this video Damyanti. I’ll be back. As for writing, I’m trying. Not that easy, work has been much but I’m trying to write a bit everyday. Just a little. I do know what you mean!

    • Damyanti Biswas says:

      It IS very difficult these days. Hugs, Sonia. I find even reading blog posts takes a lot out of me–my focus is so shot.

  • I dusted off a short story I wrote some years ago. I re-edited it now that my writing skills have improved, so I’ll send it off somewhere.

  • Shailaja V says:

    Congratulations and so good to see YBYS growing and making a mark this way. I think it’s also been optioned for the screen, right? Huge win and so happy for you 🙂

    • Damyanti Biswas says:

      Thanks so much, Shailaja. Yes, it has been optioned, and I’m thrilled for the two non-profits that have my heart and will be supported by this deal.

  • hilarymb says:

    Hi Damyanti – I’ll be back to read … you’ve been really busy and have totally immersed yourself in the reactions to your brilliant book and the opportunities you’re being afforded from that publication … lots of good coming out of it … stay safe while congratulations are so warranted – Hilary

  • ccyager says:

    I’ve been where you are twice now, and I expect to be there again. It’s good that you are glimpsing some light — usually means that your imagination is working things out for you. I find it absolutely essential to remind myself to “Trust the process.” I even have that on a post-it note above my desk. It’s so easy to get mired in the frustration. My writing continues to be on world-building for America 2050 for the fourth novel in the Perceval series. What I have learned so far in writing a series is that I don’t want to do it again! 🙂 It’s crazy keeping track of details for continuity. But I do love this prep work because it is pure imagination. I get to play with my imagination every day! Hope you stay well and healthy, and everyone close to you as well.

    • Damyanti Biswas says:

      Yes, Trust the Process is what I’m telling myself every single day.

  • Love a good flawed character, Damyanti, and wonderful take on writing memorable characters! I’m glad to hear your new novel is coming together–hard work, for sure. Not sure why I always fool myself into thinking I’ll get any writing done on vacation with the kids. It’s not happening, so far. Maybe a little at the beach one morning will be possible? I am doing some reading for the online book club I’m in, which is enjoyable. I love a good book discussion (where people have actually read the book).

  • Billybuc says:

    Off and on for me as well. Frustrating at times, but always a fascinating journey.

  • I can understand what you must be going through! Hope things get better for you.

    As for me, I want to write but then I can’t seem to be able to write. I open an empty Word document and think what I can write about but I don’t seem to be able to write at all these days. Work has been hectic. But it was reading and writing that helped me through the most hectic days. But now even that seems to be not happening.

    How have you been doing? Stay safe, take care!

    • Damyanti Biswas says:

      I find both reading and writing difficult, too. Only way is to shut out the news and social media, which is full of doom. Hope you get more written this week!

      Things are good in Singapore–hope you’re staying safe where you are–I hear scary stories from the USA and my heart hurts for my American friends.

  • amrutasuresh says:

    Weekend has been great .Weekdays are quite hectic with work but I make it a point to write something and read more over the weekends.I published a new blog post and started to read my first Tamil novel.

  • My largely nonwriting self is in awe that you have something to tear apart and improve rather than nebulous ideas (or lack of them).
    I hope that it starts to come together for you. Soon.
    I read (of course) and gardened on the weekend. And thought about tackling domestic duties.

  • I know the feeling. My weekends are usually like this. I make a mental resolution to write a ton but sometimes it doesn’t work out. Also, Congratulations once again on publishing your debut novel and on the television adaptation

  • cleemckenzie says:

    I hate the tearing apart process, but I’ve had to do it, so I can empathize!

  • My writing has taken a back seat and I’m into exercising outdoors. When I get the writing bug I sit at it for a couple of weeks and as of today I have lots of chapters of different stories in reserve waiting for their weekly entry into my blog. However the urge to write is beginning to surface again and it will probably end in another marathon at the computer. LOL.

    • Damyanti Biswas says:

      Exercising outdoors is exactly what I need. Will start again this week. All the best with your writing, Ian!

  • L. Moon says:

    Excited for you.