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    Quote Originally Posted by Angelicpersona View Post
    Unfortunately, and probably because of my work hours, my brain just isn't what it should be a lot of the times. I've left things half done, knowing where they're going, and by the time I got back to them, half an hour or a few days later, I just don't know what I was going to say anymore. I either have to get it all out there and then or I would never get anything accomplished because I'd spend all my time wondering what it was I WAS going to write.
    Exactly! I have that problem too because I have a horrible memory. I have to write ideas and quotes down at once, or else it will just vanish from my mind. If I forget an idea and can't remember exactly what it was I wanted to write, it drives me insane. If I was going to follow that advice I'd have to at least write down a shortened version of my ideas for the following pages.

    If I get writer's block I find it that it helps to just write another scene than the one you planned to/the next one. When I got to chapter 5 or 6 and had WB I just wrote a couple scenes from the last chapters instead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Angelicpersona View Post
    Unfortunately, and probably because of my work hours, my brain just isn't what it should be a lot of the times. I've left things half done, knowing where they're going, and by the time I got back to them, half an hour or a few days later, I just don't know what I was going to say anymore. I either have to get it all out there and then or I would never get anything accomplished because I'd spend all my time wondering what it was I WAS going to write.
    This sounds to me like a good place for the good old-fashioned pencil and notebook so you can record a point form resume of exactly where you were planning to go. All you need is the tile and a series of point form notes on direction.

    I find that despite computers, word processors, spell check and whatever the simple pocket notebook is vital in keeping my writing efforts organized and coherent. Not only can you catch the odd unexpected inspriration but record condensed future plans as well.
    I was fighting with temptation but I didn't want to win.
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    Seems like a wonderful idea to me, I mean if you're not so sure about what to do next then you're sure to be deterred to go back to it. The interest you get mid-way through a scene is bound to drive your imagination wild when you're away from the story. Just thinking about it and not being able to write- due to self control- is sure to help ward against future writers block.

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    I'm surprised this is actually a technique, but I can see why this would work. Whenever I stop while I still have plenty ideas for what to write, I find myself itching to write more. So much so that when I do finally get around to working more on my story, I feel even more motivated than I previously had.

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    Tried this with a chapter and I have to say I quite liked it. I wrote 80% of a chapter, stopped and went to sleep. When I woke up I immediately finished it and then wrote 80% of another chapter and left it. I've found it that when I just complete a chapter when it's time for me to write again I'll just use excuses like :"I'll start tomorrow."

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    I like this approach as well as it seems to sustain momentum within the writing rather than deliberately bring it to a stop. A little risky with shorter works like poems and short stories as it offers the temptation of abandonment.
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    I usually take it one further and stop mid-sentence, in the middle of a scene. Drives me nuts, but afterwards I'm always looking forward to sitting back down each day and writing.

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    I always stop at a point where I know what's coming next. If I don't, the next day's 2000 words can be rough starting.
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    I find if I stop before I start, I never run out of ideas.
    "Fantasy is the literature of hope. In fantasy there is a belief that you can make a difference. Today may be bleak, but you can live through today. And tomorrow will be better. And maybe there'll be a different darkness tomorrow, but you can live through that, too, and you can make the light come, and the darkness go away. It doesn't matter how many times the darkness comes. There is always hope for something better." ~Robert Jordan

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    Brilliant idea! I'll have to try that.
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