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PostPosted: Sun Jan 10, 2010 12:58 pm    Post subject: How do you organise your time to write?  Reply with quote

How do you organise your time to write ? How do you make yourself sit down and actually start?
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 11, 2010 5:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I tend to do all my writing after 2am.  I dont get interuppted by OH, kids or the phone.

I have an idea in my head and set myself a word count target, and then I just start to type.  Once Im 'in the zone' and its all coming out, then I go back and try to formulate an intro paragraph or whatever.

I think knowing what you want to write, how big a piece and who you are writing for are the important bits - everything else is just practice. Does this help?
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 11, 2010 8:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

To avoid starting with the dreaded blank sheet, i write the title and the first sentence (I may not keep it in the finished piece) the evening before i plan to work, that way there's something on the page when i start the next day.

Hope this helps.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 11, 2010 8:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I try and add to my blog in the evening when sitting in front of the TV, I'm trying to catch up with the weekends events as I type this, I'm having some technical errors!
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 12, 2010 5:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm what you might call a jotter...things I see, notice, read...whatever !
I usually put to paper...make a note of......maybe thats why I can never find the origions of some verses I come across..
Even words from songs I hear...the odd line I'll jot down (no memory really!!)...my excuse and sticking to it
seriously...I'm in no way a "writter"...love music, poetry and art...but realy need to be in the mood to write....could never set out a time or set pattern to do so.....its always a spur of the moment type fing for me......
Then somehow I puts them together ...but usually as I would say it...Does that make sense ??
Many a moon back I wrote letters to a "freind in Ozz"..daily.....always as if I was speaking direct to the said person...daily I'd get replies full of laughter.....I was understood...cheeky even smutty at times...but always tongue in cheek...all for fun....
Still got shoe box's full of reply letters..and a few I never sent...So what I will add to this rambling....Write always as you would say it...its more fun and you are interpretting your personal character...

PS...the said letters are in the loft now....available to my family to read anytime they wish...Iknow for a fact OH and DD ...have done so many a time...DD has borrowed poetry books sent to me, to read....even mentioned passages from the letters...at the end of the day....
The letters were part of me....I haven't changed....they were possibly what have helped me to become Me...who I now am....
If that makes sense...  


There again I love books by authors like Tom Sharpe...Wilt...Porterhouse Blues...Blott on the Landscape....     ...so who am I, to make such ..............................
   I  enjoyed that      
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 04, 2010 8:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I actualy just sit down and start writing. In de morning after reading the newpaper I open my computer and start writing my novel or translate them into English. Than I'll write until somewhere in the evening. I write eight hours each day.
When I'm not writing or translating, I study and collect information about the next novel to be written. That can take month, thinking about it and reading books about the subject each day. In these hours I take short breaks in where I walk into the garden, working in it or harvest. Or I set coffee, eat something, do shopings etc.

My new novel is about Colombia. So for the first time in my life I have to travel for my work and visite this country collecting information for the novel, visiting libraries etc.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 08, 2012 3:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here are some of my writing habits, though whether they are useful or not is purely subjective.

I do keep a pocket notebook for chance thoughts, tidbits, snippets of conversations, phrases that come to me and details from everyday life. This is not necessarily for a story, but for consideration in the future.

I also then keep a more substantial writer's notebook-I use a marbled composition book- in which I put down sections that I have dedicated to be a part of a story. Lengthier writings for organizational purposes also go in this notebook, allowing me to piece together the details of the characters and their world, and to consider the themes that will be relevant at some length.

I handwrite all of my compositions first, though I'm undecided as to whether I prefer pen or pencil for this task. This is mainly because handwriting it out is a very physical process which gives me some energy, directly connecting the flow of ideas with the movement of my pencil. I type it all after this.

I do most of my writing at night. It's quiet and lends itself to thinking and putting down a cohesive piece distraction free. This is when I seriously dedicate myself to my writing. I jot things in my pocket notebook as I encounter them, but these aren't nearly so involved.


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