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  • What music works to get you down the road again? Examples for me:
    • early 70s Stones: Sticky Fingers, Let It Bleed, Exile On Main Street
    • Either of the first two albums by The Muffs, or Punk In Drublic by NOFX.
    • Most any good disco comp, like Rhino's The Disco Years series


  • I haven't written a book so I'm not sure how applicable this is, but sometimes when I'm stuck it's just because I don't know what to do yet but the urge to do something is overwhelming. This frequently works out with distractions and time.

    Talking to other programmers I've found that while working on the distractions (reading, exercise, walking around, working on something completely different, etc.) you're actually still working on the problem. It's a low-level thread (so to speak), but it's still churnin

  • I found that when I found myself staring at the screen with my mouth open not knowing what to write next, I took some time off. I would just not write anything for a day or two, and completely forget I was writing a book. Then, when I got back at it, things seemed to flow since I wasn't as consumed with it.

    I generally wrote listening to music.. Phish, Miles Davis, Dead Can Dance, and Rusted Root were probably what I found most useful to listen to.

    I don't think I had a time of day which worked best for m

    • In novel writing, I've heard the "My Lord! This is shit! What am I doing?!" moment described as the Chapter Nine Blues.

      It's the role of the advance to say "finish it, shit or not." It's the role of the editor to say "it's mostly not shit, and the bits that are shit can be fixed."