Wednesday Writer’s Workspace Welcomes Damyanti

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Today is the official start for Stephen Tremp’s NATIONAL WORMHOLE DAY BLOG HOP, which I signed up for. But since I’d already scheduled my regular Wednesday Writer’s Workspace post, I’ll be posting on my Wormhole Day post on Friday.

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Today, I am most eager to welcome Damyanti

Damyanti  Ghosh is  an  established  freelance  writer  for  various  magazines  and  journals.  Her  short  fiction  has  been  published  in  the   Quarterly  Literary  Review  Singapore,  Muse  India  and  in  print  anthologies  by  Marshall  Cavendish,  Monsoon  Books, MPH  publications and various others. She  writes  as  Damyanti  Ghosh,  and  under  the  pen  name  of  D  Biswas.

Welcome, Damyanti!

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Tell us a little bit about yourself. What do you do for a living? What genre do you love to write? What are some of your hobbies or interests? Do you have a hidden talent?

I’m a freelance writer who has strayed into fiction. I love reading, and keeping aquariums. I feel most at peace reading in front of my aquariums. I’m afraid I can’t see much talent in me, hidden, or otherwise.

 

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Reading in front of the aquarium

 

On Workspace

1.  Where do you do most of your writing?

I write fiction at restaurants, mostly. Or if I’m lucky, in front of windows with a view like the one below. I can’t seem to write fiction 1st drafts on my work desk. I can do edits there, but not rewrites. Go figure. It must be a left brain-right brain thingie.

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 Writing with a view

2.  Where did you get your desk?  How did you go about arranging your work area?

It is a simple Ikea desk. I find the more time I spend preparing to write, the less I write: so I’ve more or less given up on decorating my study.

3.  What are some important things on your desk?  Are there specific things you need to have around you as you work?

I do have pens and stick-it notes lying around, but I only use them during the planning or revision stage. During 1st drafts, it is the laptop.

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Damyanti’s writing desk

4.  What do you love most about your workspace? Do you have any favorite objects on your desk, or things you use often?

I don’t love my workspace as such. It is there, and it is where I write my articles, but I’m not sentimental about it.

5. What’s your writing beverage?  What do you love to drink while you’re writing?

Green tea, always.

 

 

On Writing

1. Who is your favorite author?  Who inspired you to write?

I have so many favorite authors it is tough to name them, right now it is Julian Barnes.

I think my ‘inspirers’ are not literary.

They would have to be my father, my husband, my writing teacher – in the order in which they came into my life. The one who suffers the most due to my writing but still supports me is of course my husband.

 

2. What’s your typical day as a writer like?  Do you have any writing related rituals or quirks?

Usually I’ll wake up early and write. If I can’t get to that, I’ll tear my hair a bit, and then head out, usually to a place that serves tea. Each day is different. I still lack the discipline to just sit there and write. I’ve learned to stretch between writing sessions, and on better days, I can get a 1000 words done in two hours, or three.

3.  Do you write everyday?  How many hours a day do you spend writing?  What are some of your worst writing distractions?

When on a fiction project, I try to write everyday. When I’m not writing fiction, I’m writing articles. Or I’m writing fiction in my head (which is pretty much all the time). The internet is my distraction, as it is with most modern writers. This is why I run away to eateries that don’t have wifi.

4. Why do you write?

The reasons have changed over the years. In the beginning it was a welcome distraction, then it became a passion. Now it is more or less my meditation.

5. Any writing tips or techniques or words of wisdom you want to share with us?  How about a favorite writing quote?

I don’t know that I have written enough to give a good tip, but I’ll give it a shot.

My current wisdom would consist of this: Try and write as much as you can, everyday, but be forgiving of yourself when you can’t. Embrace both criticism and praise, and use them both. Treat rejection and acceptance as much as equals as you possibly can, and write your first drafts only for yourself.

 

 

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Thanks, Damyanti, for giving us a glimpse into your writing life.

Wednesday Writer’s Workspace is an ongoing series, and if you’re interested in being featured here, simply leave me a message in the comment box, and I’ll be sure to email you.

 

 

 

 

 

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38 Responses to “Wednesday Writer’s Workspace Welcomes Damyanti”

  1. Writing in front of an aquarium or over looking water is definitely inspirational.

    Nice to see you here, Damyanti.

  2. I struggle with the decorating my space not writing issue, too. It is wise to write everyday when writing fiction. They story seems to stay more fluid that way.

  3. Stephen Tremp says:

    Its great to know Damyanti a little better. Awesome aquarium. Ill stop by on Friday. Or maybe take a wormhole now two days into the future and check out your post.

  4. LGSmith says:

    I think my writing serves as meditation too. Great to learn more about you, Damyanti. :)

  5. Mina Lobo says:

    Excellent advice, D. I also have to ruthlessly rid myself of distractions when I write, but for me that amounts to turning off the TV (I’m very visually oriented) and cranking up the tunes so I can get down to business.

  6. Great to read about Damyanti here. I love that view and your writing advice is spot on, especially the stuff about rejections. I also agree about not being able to produce creative first drafts on the screen. I think there’s something magical – I mean real magic!! – about pen or pencil on paper.

  7. Great to read about Damyanti here. I love that view and the writing advice is spot on, especially the stuff about rejections. I also agree about not being able to produce creative first drafts on the screen. I think there’s something magical – I mean real magic!! – about pen or pencil on paper.

  8. Great to learn more about Damyanti. And how I’d love to be able to look out at that view! I also love the aquarium picture – how beautiful!

    Looking forward to your wormhole post later in the week, Nutschell. :)

  9. Jemi Fraser says:

    That would indeed be a great view! I haven’t worked up the nerve to write in public yet – one of these days! :)

  10. I’d say your tips are right on target, Damyanti. Nice to meet you.

    Great interview on both sides!

  11. Nicki Elson says:

    Very wise to run to a place without WiFi. I love your tip to write first drafts only for yourself – thinking about all the others out there to pleas will only stymie your creativity.

  12. mooderino says:

    Good idea to write in places without wifi. So distracting. Like right now.

  13. tcavey says:

    Interesting where you like to write.

    Great tips!

  14. I could write with that view! Not first thing in the morning though, unless I was aiming for all gibberish.

  15. Tyrean says:

    Great advice! And I would love to write with that view, or even the view of the aquarium – there are some depths in there.

  16. Laura Eno says:

    I can sympathize, Damyanti. I have to write my first draft sitting outside on my patio. :)

  17. I love the idea of writing in restaurants and cafes, but I’d probably end up eating and not writing – I have no willpower!

  18. I enjoyed very much this interview! Hope to see you on Friday….if I forget, just give me a nudge! Love your blog!

  19. mshatch says:

    I’d love to have an aquarium like that – so peaceful! I’ll be back Friday to see where the wormhole took you :)

  20. What a gorgeous view! I’d be inspired too. One day I’d like to have an aquarium. I find them very peaceful. Thanks for sharing a peek into your writing space.

  21. Trisha says:

    I will try to remember to pop back in on Friday for the wormhole ‘fest :)

  22. Julie Luek says:

    I love reading how other writer’s view their day or writing. We’re all so unique in what motivates us, how we write best and how we best organize our time and surroundings. Nice to meet you, Damyanti.

  23. Mark says:

    Very cool, I’m doing the same bloghop! Great to learn more about you:)

  24. Mary Pax says:

    I used to have aquariums… b4 we moved 3000 miles. I need to get another at some point.

  25. Damyanti,
    The size of that monitor is awesome. It’s good that you don’t get sentimental about space. It means you can do your thing anywhere. Good stuff.

  26. I hole up in my office (my “woman cave”) to write. There are windows in here, but I can’t see out them from where my desk is situated. And that’s intentional, because I know myself: I’d be forever gazing out the window instead of writing. Hats off to Damyanti for having enough discipline to sit right next to such an amazing view and keep on writing.

  27. Tina Downey says:

    I’ve worked with Damyanti for the last two years as co-hosts of the A-Z Challenge and she is an amazing person. Thanks for featuring her here. Now I know even more how we are alike when it comes to the writing process – that was nice to see.

    To you Wingnut – yes, watch Dr. Who. I suggest starting with the “new” BBC series which is on Netflix and stars Christopher Eckelston (sp) as the first doctor, the David Tennant, then Matt Smith. I won’t tell you why they change, it would be a spoiler. Enjoy. Then thank me. THEN you can go back to the 60s and watch like 23 more seasons, but those make more sense (in my opinion) if you’ve seen the “new” first.

    Tina @ Life is Good
    Co-host, April 2013 A-Z Challenge Blog
    @TinaLifeisGood, #atozchallenge

  28. Elizabeth says:

    What a fun post! I’m afraid I can’t find my desk. I know it’s there. Hidden under papers, I promise myself I will file. There are notebooks and reference books and, and…. Another words, I have clutter. So, the idea of an adventure outside to write sounds delicous.

    BTW, what does Damyanti mean? It’s such a lovely name.

  29. Elizabeth says:

    What a fun post! I’m afraid I can’t find my desk. I know it’s there. Hidden under papers, I promise myself I will file. There are notebooks and reference books and, and…. Another words, I have clutter. So, the idea of an adventure outside to write sounds delicous.
    BTW, what does Damyanti mean? It’s such a lovely name.

  30. Nas says:

    I loved emeeting Damyanti here today. She has a multi-million dollar view! I like reading about a writers processes, thanks for sharing!

    All the best!

  31. Meradeth says:

    Fun interview! I love your aquarium–so pretty and lush!

  32. Julia Hughes says:

    thanks so much for dropping by my site as part of the Wormhole blog hop – like you I’m a little behind with my post – it’s actually up now! I’ll pop back to your site on Friday – look forward to finding out where you chose for your wormhole jaunt!

    Julia x

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