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Using Impatience to Help Your Writing

In this exercise, classes instructor Chaya Bhuvaneswar asks you to consider your impatience with not yet being where you want to be in your writing career and helps you use that as momentum.

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Chaya Bhuvaneswar is a practicing physician, writer and PEN American Robert W. Bingham Debut Fiction Prize finalist for White Dancing Elephants: Stories, which also received the Dzanc Books Short Story Collection Prize. Her work has appeared in Salon, Lit Hub, Bustle, Longreads, Narrative Magazine, Tin House, Electric Literature, and Michigan Quarterly Review, among others. Her poetry and prose juxtapose Hindu epics, other myths and histories, and the survival of sexual harassment and racialized sexual violence by queer and other diverse women of color.