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  • by KM (4) on 2002.08.22 18:13 (#12094) Journal
    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 me. I would usually jot down some notes during work, then do writing at night... usually after 9 when my daughter goes to bed.

    When I was starting to write, and I think I told you this, Joe Hall said there will be a time when I wake up and think "My Lord!! This is shit!! What am I doing?!" That did indeed happen, and I took, geez, about 3 weeks off from writing. Luckily, I was ahead of schedule anyways :)

    Anyways, you will get into your groove.

    • 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."