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Anuradha D. Rajurkar

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Anuradha D. Rajurkar is the SCBWI Emerging Voices Award-winning author of AMERICAN BETIYA, a contemporary young adult debut novel to be published March 9, 2021 by Knopf/Penguin Random House. It's a story of a teen artist's forbidden interracial love, her close-knit immigrant family, and her boyfriend's desperate desire to fit into her Indian culture--even if it means betrayal.

Holding two degrees from Northwestern University, Anuradha spends her free time hiking the shores of Lake Michigan with her family, cooking Indian food, and obsessing over her next book, garden, or interior design project. A lazy knitter, passionate reader, and color-enthusiast, Anuradha lives in Wisconsin with her husband and two sons. Find Anuradha on Twitter: https:
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Anuradha D. Rajurkar To spend dedicated time digging deep into all the things you obsess and wonder about. Writing through imagined worlds, characters, and storylines help…moreTo spend dedicated time digging deep into all the things you obsess and wonder about. Writing through imagined worlds, characters, and storylines helps me find answers to those questions that don't seem to let go. :) I also love being able to work in a solitary way, to be left alone with my thoughts and ideas while I snack at my computer for long stretches!(less)
Anuradha D. Rajurkar Writer's block usually signifies to me that I haven't yet solidified, mentally, the motivations of one or more of my characters. In other words, I don…moreWriter's block usually signifies to me that I haven't yet solidified, mentally, the motivations of one or more of my characters. In other words, I don't know my characters well enough to write what they would do next. When this happens, I sneak off to run or meditate, keeping my characters tucked in the corners of my mind. Or, I'll take a walk through a forest or along Lake Michigan, pondering and muttering, stopping to scribble down random thoughts about "my people" in my pocket-sized notebook, like mad scientist. :)

Reading widely can spark new ideas as you're writing. Sometimes if I'm stuck, my "writing" time will temporarily take the form of reading other works closely, examining how an author handles structure, pacing, characterization, mood, tone, voice and setting...all these elements can elevate my own writing, and provide fresh inspiration to return to my desk.

Finally, talking to my writing group members or a close, trusted friend about the characters and their struggles/goals can help me work through blocks, as does seeing a movie in the theater or watching a current, new show on Netflix (yes, Netflix!): Often a nugget there can light you up, provide a missing puzzle piece in your work. So... yay for movies and T.V.! :)

Honestly, though, the most important thing to do when you're blocked is to continue writing--even if that means beginning a side project, character sketch, or writing prompt. I write even when I feel like it's garbage. Because sometimes you have to write through garbage to unearth the good stuff.(less)
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