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Writing Flow - Work in Progress

Years ago a nice person on Critters gave me the excellent advice to start a timer every time I sat down to write -- and to attack the keyboard ferociously. Ten minutes the first week, fifteen the next, twenty the next and so forth until you reach the amount of time you're willing to spend writing every day.

Writing at breakneck speed keeps you from pondering every choice of word and get on with the story. It also keeps you from putting undue pressure on yourself. Sitting down at the keyboard with the unobtainable goal that "You must now write an entire short story" tends to make morale suffer pretty fast. Fast writing will also allow stuff from the subconscious to influence your writing and add new angles to story, character or world building that your conscious mind didn't know existed.

This method works tremendously for me as a way back to writing, because it gets me into the flow of writing every day. Anyone can write for ten minutes every day, and once you've been doing that for a while you can easily write for a little longer. It taxes my abilities, but doesn't topple me, so I'm getting a lot of good vibes from my writing at the moment.

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