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Damyanti Biswas is an author, blogger, animal-lover, spiritualist. Her work is represented by Ed Wilson from the Johnson & Alcock agency.

When not pottering about with her plants or her aquariums, you can find her nose deep in a book, or baking up a storm.

Her debut literary crime novel You Beneath Your Skin is an Amazon bestseller, and optioned for the screens by Endemol Shine.
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Damyanti Biswas You can write any time, anywhere. You do not have to be dressed up to do it, you don't need to depend on others in order to get your words on the page…moreYou can write any time, anywhere. You do not have to be dressed up to do it, you don't need to depend on others in order to get your words on the page, and there is no age to start or stop being a writer.(less)
Damyanti Biswas I'm very wary of doling out advice, because there's no one-size-fits-all in this regard.

We all come from different places into our writing, have varie…more
I'm very wary of doling out advice, because there's no one-size-fits-all in this regard.

We all come from different places into our writing, have varied backgrounds and different histories of reading. So what's good advice for me could be absolutely bad advice for you. The entire goal, to me, is to figure out what works for you, through trial and error.

You might be a writer who needs to add to the word count every day, or not. You might write what you know, or you might write what you're interested in. You might outline all your stories, or you might never write with an outline. You might write a draft without editing it, or you might edit as you write.
You might show, not tell, or you might show and tell.

No advice works without the context of the story or the author.

That said, it might help new writers to figure out at the very outset why they want to embark on a life of writing, and what are their definitions of writing success.

Some authors achieve fame and money, others are appreciated by their peers, some manage to derive work satisfaction. Not all authors achieve all of these: it is rare to achieve two, and almost no writer achieves all three in their lifetime. So if you go into writing knowing what your expectations are, you can work towards your goals, and are less likely to be bitter.

A few things that have helped me:

1. Setting aside time between drafts.
2. Learning how to give and receive feedback
3. Staying entirely vulnerable and honest while writing
4. Reading widely, and critically
5. Reading work aloud to myself to improve it at the sentence level
6. Respecting my writing time, my readers and my characters
7. Accepting rejection (from agents, editors, readers) as part of the process
8. Being a good literary citizen: always supporting other writers
9. Letting writing be its own reward

There's a lot of writing advice out there. At the end of the day, if you know what sort of writer you'd like to become, you can pick and choose the advice you need to follow.
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“Cheshire Puss,' she began, rather timidly, as she did not at all know whether it would like the name: however, it only grinned a little wider. 'Come, it's pleased so far,' thought Alice, and she went on. 'Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?'

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'I don't much care where—' said Alice.

'Then it doesn't matter which way you go,' said the Cat.

'—so long as I get SOMEWHERE,' Alice added as an explanation.

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Robert Thanks for the friend request, D.


Harlequin Books Hi Damyanti, thanks for being a friend. I’m looking forward to getting to know you. I want you to know that if you ever have any questions about the books on my shelves or about eHarlequin.com, I would be delighted to answer them. Also, I list as much eHarlequin news and author news as I can so be sure to watch for my updates.

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