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The writing life of Damyanti Biswas
The writing life of Damyanti Biswas

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It is my absolute pleasure today to welcome author and teacher, Rebecca Reynolds on my blog. She has appeared here before, to talk about how to conduct successful interviews, and today she shares her wisdom on conducting research for a fiction or non-fiction project.

How do you conduct research for your writing, and what stage? Are you a reader, a writer, or both? Care to tell us about an interesting bit of research you’ve done for your projects? As a reader or writer, do you have questions for Rebecca?


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How much of your inner life/ rants/ life news do you share on Facebook and other social media?

If you’re a writer, do you think sharing life experiences on social media detracts from an author’s ability to tell a story?

http://www.damyantiwrites.com/2014/08/21/story-social-media/
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I’ve loved reading these voice-y tales which end with a snappy ‘moral’ — a somewhat snarky word of wisdom for all of us who fall in love, work, and interact in the modern society. For instance, her story Herman the Hopeless Hippo ends with the cautionary note: If you fall for a mama’s boy, you’ll need to have a lot of patience.‘

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If vital elements are missing from your story, this five-item list will reveal what you’ve overlooked.

https://www.writermag.com/2014/06/24/cayce-fiction/
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Project Why works with the slum children and women from within the #NewDelhi slums by empowering the slum #community. Some of the teachers were once maids, who got an education at the Pwhy, and are now teaching the kids from the slums. Others are helping to manage the project and run it. Yet others work as drivers, who ferry the kids and teachers from one learning center to the other. A Project Why team member’s family helps cook the midday meal for the creche kids. Most of the education given to about a 1000 kids from creche to secondary levels is free, as are the courses on sewing, and other skills for women. One of the schools is literally situated in the middle of a dustbin, because that’s where a majority of the kids who attend it, live.

#Charity #Nonprofit #India

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How has your social media experience been of late? What are your coping mechanisms for social media fatigue? Do you see sense in Dan Siegel’s view of Differentiation and Linkage? How do you disagree on social media? Do you find it a draining or enriching experience? What advice do you have for me and the audience of this blog in how to make constructive use of #socialmedia?

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Kindness, love, brotherhood, beauty– all of them look closer to fiction than fact as I receive dark news from all over the world. Or maybe it is my dark frame of mind as I start on a new novel. I don’t know that I can change the world. But each of us can…

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Reading has been a lifelong passion, and English not my native tongue, so I’ve had a few embarrassing moments of not knowing how to correctly pronounce words that I’ve read and written often. (I used to mispronounce ‘vehemently’ as ‘Ve-He-mently’ for some…

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Today is the fifth day of the Write Tribe Festival of Words. Yesterday’s prompt was  “write about a day in your (or someone else’s) life,” and today’s is ‘write a letter to someone.’ I’m going again with fiction today– this was a piece written in the form…
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