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Deranged Writing

August 28, 2010

I write better when I am feeling deranged.

Oh. Right.

I was looking through my old journals the other day, and without fail, the ones where I have grabbed that notebook out of sheer despair (as opposed to bright optimism that a story will just spill out of me) are some of the sharpest, most compelling stuff I have ever written. But there’s a catch – they are formless, just a jumble of words that sometimes are striking in the way they have been placed together in a sentence. They need my un-deranged self to mold it into something…more. And here’s another thing. If I write everyday – even if it is the usual embarrassing, “Love-can-be-painful” drivel, my writing cleans itself up – but only up to a certain point.

Here’s another thing. My reading comprehension (literary reading – not report reading) totally suffers when I am feeling wooky. (see my post below on Marguerite Duras’ The Lover). Any aspiration I have to be a creative writer comes in large part due to the books I have read and loved. So when books no longer compel me, I become a writer that only exists in my own center – my own immediate self. Which might be a happening place at that derangement-moment, but then whatever comes out is precise, yet limiting and small. A writer must be able to see the world. Or be heavily addicted to hard drugs.

Anywho.

Send something. I might. If I can sew all my deranged moments together into a story:)

BrassMonkey has announced a ‘short fiction’ call-out.

Dear Writers,
Brass Monkey Books is a new Australian imprint that specialises in Indian literature and non-fiction about the Australia-India relationship.

This year we have published two novels by Anjum Hasan, and she will be touring Australia in August and September.
I am putting together a collection of short stories, to be released in Australia in the first half of next year, and am inviting you to submit. There is no theme to the anthology, but I am looking for fresh work that engages with contemporary India.

I am not imposing a word limit, but would prefer stories between 2000-5000 words. There is a flat fee of AUD$100 for all published stories. Submissions should reach me by the end of October. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

Kind Regards,

Kabita Dhara
brassmonkey@hunterpublishers.com.au

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