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Writing advice?

Last week I went out of town to visit my brother for a couple of days - went out for dinner, did a bit of sight-seeing, visited an antique market that was really interesting; had a really nice time. But the best bit, and I will never tell my brother this, was when I was sitting in my hotel room and managed to knock-out an almost complete story outline for a fic that I've had in the back of my mind for over a year, in an hour! AN HOUR! and I'd been poking at it for months with incredibly little success. I was in a quiet room, with no distractions and words that normally come as easily as, well, spontaneously being able to play Rachmaninov piano concerto, were just... there.
I was floored, I was flabbergasted, I wanted to stay in a hotel for the rest of my life if it meant that I could actually write, but, yeah, that's not going to happen.
My life is not exactly distraction free, and I hear about people who write on their lunch hour, which is rather impossible for me, so I was wondering if anybody had any tips, tricks or advice on how they get into the right head-space for writing. Anything, anything at all....

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fanspired
Sep. 1st, 2013 12:53 am (UTC)
You know, I think you've answered your own question. You spent a weekend having a nice time with your brother, then you had an hour to yourself and - BAM. One of the most important aspects of writing is the time you spend not writing. I make the mistake of spending too much time shut in my room with my laptop and I think my own writing suffers for it. You've got to spend sufficient time feeding your soul before words will start willingly coming out of it.
ferrous_wheeler
Sep. 1st, 2013 09:48 am (UTC)
One of the most important aspects of writing is the time you spend not writing That's a really good point! I love to read and sometimes it's easier to bury myself in a book than do what all life demands.
That's good advice, thanks!
linvro21
Sep. 1st, 2013 07:25 am (UTC)
I usually write in the evenings, when the kids are in bed. Only when I'm not too tired, on those days I just read other people's stories.
ferrous_wheeler
Sep. 1st, 2013 11:25 am (UTC)
I get so easily distracted, and even when I have a quiet time my mind is always on something else. Working shifts, I've kind of resisted having a set time, but maybe if I set everything aside and try to get most things done and out of the way, I can concentrate on just the writing.
Thanks!
tari_roo
Sep. 1st, 2013 06:01 pm (UTC)
*shrugs* Wish I had better advice for you other than... sometimes the muse just hits and whamo... she's fickle thing at times:)

For me sometimes a book I am reading triggers something, or when I am driving.
ferrous_wheeler
Sep. 2nd, 2013 11:23 pm (UTC)
Sadly, I get my best ideas just when I go to bed - where I'm totally relaxed - a thought sometimes pops into my head that I think is just perfect and I must write it down... then I fall asleep and can't remember when I wake up... *sigh*
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