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Coming Up For Air April 23, 2012

Posted by shannonmuir in Advice, analysis, novels, short story, Writing.
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This is probably the quickest blog post I’ve written in a long time. I’ve mentioned being busy with a day job and this time it took both days in my weekend, plus I expect to be busy all this week. That doesn’t mean I don’t think about writing, though my actual minutes to write are few. Despite the fact I should have been sleeping early last night, something for a treatment for one project – neither of my two novels in process – finally came together last night and I completed that first draft. It was a very literal burst of creativity.

Sometimes inspiration can strike out of necessity of a very small window of time to write. It definitely isn’t an approach a recommend often – just in general that kind of stress isn’t a good way to live. Writers, however, need to be able to make adjustments quickly by a deadline (whether imposed by someone else, or self-imposed by expectations built with an audience). Even doing quick, short exercises of seeing what you can come up with in say maybe ten or twenty minutes – regardless of how useful it is – can be good to have in your regular writing regimen. You might be able to use some  of these kernels later for full-fledged stories and novels.

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