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Today I introduce with great pleasure Melissa de Villiers, the South African author of The Chameleon House, a collection of short stories recently long listed for the Frank O’connor award. She answers questions on various topics of writerly interest.   Have you read any of the books Melissa mentions? Have you read her book The Chameleon House? Do you have questions for her?
My stories mostly deal with a South Africa in transition, in the years immediately following the end of the brutal and bloody apartheid system. Many of the white characters are still in a state of ...
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There are two ways to write : 1) puking it all out on to the page, then revising and 2) spitting and polishing each sentence as you write. I suppose I do a bit of both-- depending on the length of story I'm writing. Guess I need a lot of writing practice before I can carry the voice for longer than a flash piece. For now, I would have to settle for being a shitty first drafter-- because that's what seems to work for longer pieces.

So dear writers, are you a shitty-first drafter, or eager re-writer?
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You know the blogging world just isn't the same without your amazing self, Damyanti :)  I'm working on getting better, thank you.  Happy week ahead, my friend.  
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What role does the subconscious play in your life, as a writer, reader, artist, gardener, mason, engineer, or whatever it is that you do? Do you ever take cues from your subconscious?
"I always imagine it like a whole load of plates spinning, and you’ve got the plan, the research and the plot, and you’ve got to kind of keep them spinning and constantly moving between one and the...
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I find this a bit tricky. The ideas for writing (big or small) come in bouts on their own mostly when I am not consciously thinking about them. Yet they won't come if the thought that I have to write doesn't  lurk somewhere at the back of the mind. 
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You must write from the body, from your belly, your breath, your gut. From your heart, if you will. Fiction written from any other place is shallow, a piece of froth, not worth anyone's time.
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Tout à fait vrai. Totally true. Your smile is strong.
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Haven't been blog-visiting these past months, not as much as I used to. I miss you all, sometimes, as if from within a torpor. Feel like I've fallen into an alternate universe, where imaginary people look more 'real' than the real and online people in my life.

I'm sure I'll wake up from this drowsy-dreamlike world, but until I do, here's a wave and a hug from my world spinning parallel to yours.

Have you ever had a similar experience of being in a faraway world of your imagination? Does reading or writing ever put you in this inward spiral? Do you write Inwards or Outwards?
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I agree as one can fantasize just about everything from destruction to harmony in life.
So yes i agree
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Long story short, I was in Yangon, Myanmar, last week with no book to read.

I walked out on the pavements, and also to the Bagan Bookshop (a rather interesting little place with loads of books discarded by foreign tourists selling for a dollar or two each).

Pictured below are the books I found: all of them printed in the 1970's, other than Orwell's book. I read Gore Vidal, and have microwaved all the books now that I'm back: don't want any tiny critters invading my shelves.

What about you? What have you read this new year? What books would you recommend?
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My friend +amrit sinha's debut novel "Beginning with a Comma" is hitting the stands soon...Eagerly waiting to get my hands on it :)
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I'm looking for recommendations, short story collections-- a good mix-- all the way from horror and crime, to literary and surreal. I don't know how soon I would start on them, but hopefully by next month. What books have you read lately? Novels or short stories, which do you prefer? Why? Any recommendations for me?
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Thanks +William Martin  +Michael Hardach +Michelle Wallace and +Cynthia St-Pierre --- all of these shall be added to my tbr pile!
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Suchen took over, and despite having admired her for years now, I felt in her thrall as if for the first time when she began to read from her latest novel: The River’s Song.

Have you been to a literary event recently? Ever listened to a beloved author read? Does the author have the same voice as the book when you read it yourself? Does the Literary or Book Council in your country support literary events like this one?

If you live in Singapore, have you been to Twilight Tales? What sort of literary event do you like the most?
Have you been to a literary event recently? What sort of literary event do you like the most? Ever listened to a beloved author read? Does the author have the same voice as the book when you read i...
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looks so lovely this post
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That’s what has drawn my body and soul into writing fiction, this practice that feels almost like meditation. Compared to this, the ‘thrill’ of acceptance or publication is short-lived, mundane. On some days, reading a good line by another author makes everything else seem trivial.
What about you? Does fiction take you outside of you? Does it bring you harmony and rhythm? Do you walk in Beauty?
Life is fleeting, before I know it a day, a week, a month, a year: whoosh, gone. In theory, I understand that if I'm mindful, let each moment live itself, and my self live that moment, time would e...
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writing is an art apart from other skills and expertises. as regards fiction, a no. of writings appear on blogs with fractured views and fak ideas that one hardly believe and appreciate them. so one should be very careful if he/she is a professional writer, wheather accepted or rejected?.



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Everything is hypothetical.
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Truth....
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Continuing the  guest post series in this blog, it is with great pleasure that I present Helen Mangham, a partner-agent at one of the best-known literary agencies in Asia: the Jacaranda Literary Agency. She answers questions on various topics of writerly interest. Are you writing a book? Looking for an agent? Have questions for Helen? Fire away in the comments on the BLOG. And if you don’t have a question, comments are great, too.
Continuing the guest post series in this blog, it is with great pleasure that I present Helen Mangham, a partner-agent at one of the best-known literary agencies in Asia: the Jacaranda Literary Ag...
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Wish there were more like her in India.
My question- How do you feel if you reject a manuscript that goes on to become a best-seller?
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The Burmese reminded me of the Thai, with their soft smiles and friendly faces. Weaving your way while across its gridlocked traffic can be a challenging, chaotic affair, but right beside you in the mornings you would find Lungyi-clad students, colorful hawker women balancing on their heads their entire ware of fried snacks in a basket, the maroon-clad monks with their shiny begging bowls, young women in wet hair and colorful clothes heading to the pagodas, bunches of roses in hand, and mega-phone-weilding-military-uniform-clad traffic police, walking casually as they yell instructions to shiny new Toyotas, the tiny Tata Nanos, old trucks and jeeps.
At first sight (and second, and third), Yangon seemed to me the land of the Lungyis, these sarongs worn with a knot on the front by the men, and gracefully, with side-ties and invisible zips, by th...
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Yangon looks so exotic from a Western perspective, especially the food.
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D Biswas has been writing fiction for six years, and blogs about her writing journey. She appreciates the blessings all her blog-friends have brought her over the years, and thanks them all. Find her at http://amloki.com. On Twitter, she is @damyantig. She'd love to hear from you.
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