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Posted by BETWEENWATERSUNSEENSaturday, March 24, 2012 8:22 AM
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It's definitely been a struggle to get back into a writing routine, but I'm slowly finding stable ground and a more stable schedule. I like the idea of ending mid-sentence, keeps things flowing in the moment and when you return. Often times I try and finish the section or scene and, to get back into it when I return to the page, I read it over again and then go from there. What I like about your suggestion is that you're immediately getting back into the action.
I also forgot to mention the importance of writing thoughts down on notepads/scraps of papers/cellphone/whatever. Creating a system for the piece and something you can jot anything down in. Also saving past drafts and revisions, having an archive of the same story. I don't know if anyone else does this, but I find it helpful in process. There's so much that we forget or think we're going to remember/get back to or is lost as we write on, it's always nice to have something to return to, maybe even finding inspiration for another story or chapter there.
Sounds like you had a good group. I especially like the barf up the writing...although the problem with that is when you barf, you think that you're all done and everything else comes in dribbles (sorry for that image). Of course this is crucial, getting the ideas down on paper. But I'd like to think of it as making sure you have enough to get you going the next time. So set a goal: a page, 20 minutes, two computer screens, whatever. and end mid-sentence. The next time you come back to this particular piece of writing, invariably you will be able to finish the sentence...and keep on going. In other words, try to go for sustained writing over time.
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