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  1. #31
    I have never tried this intentionally.

    I don't particularly have a set belief or definition I believe in as far as "writers block" is concerned. However... I have before now, for life reasons, been torn away from my work mid writing.

    As many know, I write by the seat of my pants... I kind of make it up as I go along. So - with this one particular piece, I stopped mid action to go do (something)

    Due to life's dramas I had completely forgotten about it. I started reading it some weeks later and began to marvel at it - *Had I really written this?* I could remember it vaguely and it was coming back to me slowly. As I read on I became more and more entranced by the story and I was truly pleased with myself ... until ... all of a sudden - the words ran out.

    This was my reaction:

    "What!? Screw you Kev! What the effin fudge happens next!?"

    I beat my brain for hours wondering where the story could have been going, but nothing came to mind and eventually I turned my mind away from it. That's the condition it remains in to this day.

    Did I even know at the time what was happening next? Can someone steal that pill from Limitless and give me a couple? I wanna know what happens next -.-''

    Yep, not sure Ernest's method would work for me... I might try it some time though.

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  2. #32
    I think that every writing technique can work properly if used properly, and that they can ALL be used in conjunction with one another to make something of true essence.

  3. #33
    i stop in the middle of a wo

  4. #34
    Faulkner gave the same advice. If you write yourself down to empty you won't have a place to start tomorrow.
    El día ha sido bueno. La noche será larga.

  5. #35
    The best time for my writing is early morning. First, and second cup of coffee. I don’t have things on my mind about what I need to do that day.
    Where do I stop writing? wherever I’m at, when I no longer feel like writing.
    Computers ease the task of my writing. When I stop, I leave notes in red…stuff I want to write following where I stopped. My notes tend to lead me to new ideas. It is true I work on a pre-thought-out-plot, and never change course, but when I’m writing a story, sub-plots do come into play.
    Do I think writers should follow how other writers solve problems? I have to answer yes, and no to that. Our brains are all built the same, but we don’t think the same. My suggestion would be, “Do what works for you.” When you hear about methods others use, try them, modify them, and if they work for you good…if not, put them aside.
    I like writing. As I’m building a story I never think, “Is this good? Will it sell? I leave that for the rewrite. Writing a story has to be a thing I love to do. It’s my time to be a teller of tale tales.
    There are two writers in me…the story teller who writes for the fun of it, and that other guy, the re-writer who is all business. The re-writer can fix a story, but he can’t write one. I never let these two sit down at the computer together…they would just disrupt each others flow.
    Yeah I know, writing is a business, and should be treated as such...but, I also know the business would be nothing without the writer...that makes us, the writers the apex of the business. Why do you think my name is Apex?

  6. #36
    In a totally unintentional way I've been using this technique and I find that I am so eager to get back and finish the sentence or paragraph so that my character can rest and I don't leave them hanging. It sounds strange but I envision them in a freeze frame until I can complete writing their actions.

  7. #37
    This is an intriguing trick. I think this is the solution for my problem of writing until I burn myself out and taking days to recover. Thank you for sharing, must try this out!

  8. #38
    I've heard the advice but never tried it. I assume it has to follow on from writing regularly because otherwise the stored momentum will fade away.

    I probably need to crack the regular writing before anything else...

  9. #39
    Quote Originally Posted by Sam View Post
    I've always done it. When I stop writing for the night, I never finish the last sentence. It always awaits me come morning. It's a great way of getting started on a new day. I already know how I was going to finish it, so it's a matter of tying that up and getting into a flow from there.
    Are you a pro writer/author?

  10. #40
    Hemingway is a human being, and human beings are different. As human beings are different, they have different experiences. As human beings have different experiences, they also must have different memories. As they have different memories, different productivity techniques work for them. However, you can guess.

    1. Emotional patterns
    Do I have trouble starting?
    2. Life circumstances
    Do I have the necessary working conditions to be able to do this?
    3. Whether the scene could be ruined if you waited (emotion tends to fade over time).
    Is this scene heavily emotional and do I need to be "in the zone" to write well?

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