#WomenWritersFest Kolkata hosted an intriguing session about writing from a deeply personal space. The second panel "The art and craft of writing about the self" discussed reasons and thoughts about why we write the books we write and what does it take to put yourself out there. The panel moderator author Baisali Chatterjee Dutt sparked an interesting discussion with the speakers - journalist and author Jayeeta Ganguly, author Bali D. Sanghvi, author Ipsita Ganguly, and Pritha Kejriwal, editor-in-chief of Kindle Magazine.
What does it take to put yourself out there?
Dutt began the session asking the speakers reasons why they choose to pen down their personal journeys, and how different and difficult is gets when the books or poetry they write are from a personal space. Author Jayeeta Ganguly said the foremost attribute required to pen down a personal journey is absolute honesty. "It's also about gracefully accepting the fact that multiple people won't come across with what you put out there, and they're anyway going to judge you."
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"The beauty of being a journalist and a writer is to accept that there are going to be judgements and people won't agree with you all the time and that's ok"
"Giving up has become so easy these days"
"Write your memoir when it’s fresh and when you feel it from your heart"
"It takes long, but the dream does come true."
Poetry and self
"That bit of self is always there in whatever we write"
Ganguly had some insights about triggers that transpired into poetry, prose, or any kind of writing for that matter. "Poetry is a format of writing. For me, writing a memoir or writing about self links with writing about the universe I live in. When I write poetry and recite, I include everything I am affected by and that's where connections lie."
Ganguly voiced that there's always a part of a person involved in whatever one takes to writing. "It's all about the way we react to life and living."