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mark211How do you get yourself motivated to write?2014-11-16 06:27:00
mark211In a recent interview in the 'Atlantic' (23 Sep 2014), David Mitchell, author of 'Number 9 Dream' and 'Cloud Atlas' amongst others, talked about the importance of discipline and motivation, saying for example that writers should: "Learn to rush to your laptop and open it up. Open the file without asking yourself if you’re in the mood, without thinking about anything else." 2014-11-16 06:27:37
mark211How do you get yourself motivated to write? Do you write at home or in your local coffee shop? Do you listen to music or do you have to have silence to write? Do you have any little 'rituals' when you write? How often do you break off from writing to check texts / emails / videos of kittens etc. when you write?2014-11-16 06:29:29
r.tornelloI put a gun to my head. I don't sleep. I kick the cat. I scream rude things at little children and drink a lot of coffee. Any other questions?2014-11-16 10:14:21
jessbaumI am not a true writer. I say this because I have no issue making time to write, and I have never experienced writer's block. If anything I suffer from the exact opposite, I always have some idea that is ready to fly out of my head through my fingertips. Call it an overactive imagination, rapid thought, whatever but I think part of this is a product of the fact that I consider life and adventure and do my best to enjoy my days and then reflect once the sun is down. On top of this I longhand everything. I don't need some soul sucking electronic device turned on to jot down ideas during the day between activities when they come, I always have a notebook and a pen nearby. (I know-how old is this lady?-I'm may be in my early 30s but addicted to technology I am not) All of my first drafts are long handed, that way when I type them up I can really work out the worst of the kinks and then start the real editing process. This is my way, and it is not easy but it works for me.2014-11-16 15:56:11
r.tornelloJess, exactly, really and then I kick the cat, say rude things and always drink a lot of coffee 2014-11-16 16:18:31
jessbaumHaha, well I feel for the cat but if it works. heehee2014-11-17 09:47:06
mark211"I longhand everything" I realise he's not an SFF author, but before I knew anything about him I went to a book reading in Leeds (UK) by James Ellroy. He was a brilliant speaker I have to say, but aside from that I was fascinated by his method: apparently, he writes all his novels (e.g. 'American Tabloid', 'LA Confidential' etc.) long hand, then he goes through the manuscript with a red pencil to do corrections and that's it. He then turns it over to someone to type up and Bob's your uncle.2014-11-17 12:36:06
mark211"I kick the cat." *Snork* I fear my cat would not survive a week if that were me ...2014-11-17 12:36:48
r.tornelloI would love to hand my scribbled work over to someone to type. I have a difficult time reading it even after I wrote it.

I could never get a typist to work any paper of mine after he or she had waded through my messes.

In college my teachers DEMANDED I type, letting all the others submit handwritten essays.

My hand written is usually quite different than the typed version. I can be more removed from the piece. I see and feel the story as a removed being, but not enough not to require the eyes of a number of proof readers/editors.

True motivation come from inside, an idea, a dream, an activity, some long ago that stayed with me until the technology caught up as in the Poem DEAD HEADING, in Aphelion Archives, where the development of GPS allowed me to put an idea I had in 1970/71 into concrete form.

2014-11-17 14:26:37
esullivan240If I can avoid all of life's other distractions and start touching keys or moving the pen then it just comes out freely. So if left to my own devices and I avoid turning on the TV or anything else it just spills out free form. Unfortunately the same creative fugue state that is resposible for this makes it a minefield of distraction all around me to get to my writing spot. Writers block doesn't exist for me, sometimes I get crossed purposes but never blocked.2014-11-18 09:31:12
jessbaumMaybe writer's block is a myth that someone made up to scare writer's into writing more often. teehee2014-11-18 13:41:20
esullivan240Writer's Block- does it exist? “Writer’s block…a lot of howling nonsense would be avoided if, in every sentence containing the word WRITER, that word was taken out and the word PLUMBER substituted; and the result examined for the sense it makes. Do plumbers get plumber’s block? What would you think of a plumber who used that as an excuse not to do any work that day? The fact is that writing is hard work, and sometimes you don’t want to do it, and you can’t think of what to write next, and you’re fed up with the whole damn business. Do you think plumbers don’t feel like that about their work from time to time? Of course there will be days when the stuff is not flowing freely. What you do then is MAKE IT UP. I like the reply of the composer Shostakovich to a student who complained that he couldn’t find a theme for his second movement. “Never mind the theme! Just write the movement!” he said. Writer’s block is a condition that affects amateurs and people who aren’t serious about writing. So is the opposite, namely inspiration, which amateurs are also very fond of. Putting it another way: a professional writer is someone who writes just as well when they’re not inspired as when they are.” — Philip Pullman2014-11-18 15:20:21
esullivan240“Suggestions? Put it aside for a few days, or longer, do other things, try not to think about it. Then sit down and read it (printouts are best I find, but that’s just me) as if you’ve never seen it before. Start at the beginning. Scribble on the manuscript as you go if you see anything you want to change. And often, when you get to the end you’ll be both enthusiastic about it and know what the next few words are. And you do it all one word at a time.” — Neil Gaiman2014-11-18 15:21:47
micheledutcherI find there have been different creative eras in my life, and I have quit trying to fight against what interests me. In my 20s I was an painter, 30s & 40s a songwriter, 50s a blogger and an author - but now, in my 60s, I enjoy archeology (going on digs) and editing. I enjoy reading a good story, and being able to help out another author by editing for grammar/content is rewarding to me. Writer's block? - I find my creative energies may just be out wandering, trying to find another field to play in. 2014-11-20 05:28:41
r.tornelloMichele:

Very interesting. I never thought of it like that. I painted and drew until my early 20's, then concentrated on a degree in Chinese. Then came the real world, a job and a career, head hunting and building a new company, one of the first resume databases in the country. But all the while I was a model builder since I was a kid.

From the mid 80's into the 90's my art was building race bikes, racing cars and motorcycles. Then I moved to competition shooting. The surprise to me was the concentration I dedicated to shooting came from the same place I made art from. I can do one but not the other. And I am writing and drawing again.

I just let it happen. As for block, it's just a recharge of the psychic energy coupled with slight depression and then WHAM off I go again.

One more thing, I always wanted to write, always. I am finally doing it and like you I let the wind blow me to a new creative land knowing no thing is permanent.

Thanks for reminding me. Sometimes I need someone to say the things that sit somewhere, and in this a fresh wind in my mental sails as a writer, artist and art director here in the MOOSE. RT

2014-11-20 17:26:45
Pippin91Thomas Mann said "A writer is someone for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people." The challenge is, of course, that unless you're a wildly successful author, no one is pushing you to write more. That plumber mentioned above has someone demanding his sink be unclogged, but who is asking us for more stories? So the motivation to write comes from a different place than the motivation to work and earn a living (unless, again, you are that successful writer). For me, the motivation to write comes from stories that pop into my head stimulated by things happening around me. I start to think "what if..."2014-11-22 05:41:36
micheledutcher'What if...' is definitely the ultimate writer's question. Wherever there's a question, there's a story. 2014-11-22 07:05:03





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