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March 2017



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bear by san

Happy Birthday, Leonard Cohen.

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Reason for stopping: End of scene



Do you have an email address for James Maxey?

Stopping at the end of a scene

I've noticed that you often stop at the end of a scene. I know it's a logical place to stop and I always used to do it myself, but I've found I can get going again much more easily at the next writing session if I either stop before a scene end (when I know exactly what the next bit will be), or push on past the natural break and write the first few sentences of the next scene.

You obviously don't have problems picking up the thread again next time. On the other hand, you might be someone who can write from a detailed outline, so you know what happens next anyway.

Re: Stopping at the end of a scene

I usually stop at the end of a scene if I can because otherwise I have a hard time stopping and feeling satisfied. If I keep pushing past it, I'll often go, "Oh, I should finish this thought before I lose my momentum--" and the next thing I know, it's two in the morning and I've got the coffee jitters. *g*

I only write detailed outlines when I have to--in other words, when I can't figure out how the story logically progresses without them. Sometimes I wing it. Sometimes I write an outline and then abandon it midstream when I get a better idea.

But I also find it harder to start in the middle of a scene that already exists--possibly because of the interruption of a flow of thought?--than at the beginning of a new one.

I never used to outline at all--I was a strictly seat of the pants writer--and then I started writing things that had complicated structures or time-sensitive plots, and found that outlining could help. I think ideally I would like to be able to use all the tools in the toolbox, but of course I'm still working on learning the basics of many of them.

What I *do* do is I write until I know how something ends, write the ending, and then go back and fill in the middle.

Whatever works for any writer is what that writer should do, I think.
And also --

Happy birthday, Bear!

Another happy birthday!