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Debolina Coomar

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Editor’s Note: We begin a new section this week with a spotlight on published authors within our SiyaWoman Writers’ Community. We asked these fantastic ladies to tell us some aspect of their experience that was most memorable. This is their answer in their own words. Enjoy!

Sometimes in life, you feel that you are playing too many roles but yourself. Sometimes, we choose to ignore our inner voice. Sometime, we feel that we have already lived our lives and there is nothing more to enjoy. And, sometimes, you believe that our forgotten dreams cannot be given new wings to fly.

Well, I have felt all of this, and I am sure many more of us do. But, are you okay feeling like this for the rest of your life or can you do something to change this? Well, the answer is a big YES. I am not saying this as a part of any motivational lecture, or to make you feel better. I am saying this because I have done it, and I want you to do the same. I want to pursue your dreams and your passion like I DID.

This is my little story about I revived my passion for writing, and how it helped me come out of a phase of depression and worthlessness. So, I am sharing it with all of you.

“I used to write minimally, when I was in school and college- mostly poems, short articles or snippets, which used to stay hidden in my secret diary. But, gradually I started getting recognition, when I started publishing one or two, here and there. Then, there was a long gap, when I had packed all my writing diaries and locked them somewhere. After many years, I decided to revisit my forgotten dream.

I had to leave my full-time job during my pregnancy due to travel issues. One fine day, I was standing by the window, looking at the drizzling sky outside, when the strings of poetry in my heart were plucked again. I took my laptop and started writing. I sat for a long time thinking what to write, but then I got my words back. Then, I decided to start my blog, put my writings in it and share. Thus, started my journey to achieve that forgotten dream. I also started content writer freelancing jobs. But, still I felt that my dream was incomplete. I wanted to write my own book and publish.

One day, my Mom called me and told me about an advertisement in the Newspaper regarding a blog writing contest by one a blogging group in Kolkata. I searched online and got the link. I participated in that. But, alas, though I was among the top five entries, I could not make it to the top three. I became a part of the group to get regular updates. It was there that I got the information about a short story contest by a publisher, where 20 short stories within 500 words each were to be selected as a part of a book called Tales To Tell. Without thinking twice, I sent in my entry. I could not hold back my excitement when my entry got selected and I became a part of that published anthology. It was released in Oxford Book Store in Kolkata by renowned literary people, and my parents attended the event on my behalf. It was a proud moment. That was my first step into the world of published work. Till now, I have been a part of 13 short stories and poem anthologies, among which 2 are International anthologies and 3 are e-books.

Once I started getting published, I also got introduced to a bigger network of authors and poets, and also got to know about many new opportunities. A few of them were paid, while others were unpaid. But, I participated in most of them to keep writing and making a name for myself.

Every published work was like a baby step towards my bigger dream of having my own book. Today, I am still walking towards it. And, whenever I lose focus of motivation, I pick up one of my previous books and imagine the joy of happiness of having my own name on the cover, one day. My family has always supported and motivated me and appreciated my work. I also owe a lot of different groups I am a part of (including SiyaWoman), where people always appreciate and applaud your efforts.

Something that kept me going: Make writing a daily habit, and never let go of your forgotten dream. Someone, somewhere will always give it new wings.”

Links to my published work:

Projects under process:

  • The Love Triangle (short story) in Knitted Narratives by Moments Publishers
  • The Black Coffee (poem) The Secret Temptations by Omji Publishers
  • We Meet Again? (short story) in e-book The Rising by The Rising Channels
  • Droplets Of Words (e-book) by Woolgathering Publishers
  • Massacred Thoughts (nano tales) by HBA Publication
  • Ashes of Maroon (poems) by HBA Publication

If you read any of my work, please shoot a feedback to my mail- debolinaamity@gmail.com. Also, you can visit my blog- debolinacoomar.wordpress.com for more updates on my upcoming works.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

As a believer of 'live & let live', Debolina likes to enjoy the little things of life. As a person who enjoys reading, writing and interacting with people, she finds it exciting to write about emotions, experiences, stories, lifestyle, parenting, self-improvement, current affairs and pretty much everything that affects a common man's life. Debolina is an ex-HR and Corp. Comm. professional, wife to a wonderful husband, mother to a lovely daughter; and a freelance content, creative writer, content developer and blogger. She strives to ignite the power of thought with a whole new perspective. Debolina shares her thoughts at: debolinacoomar.wordpress.com

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