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As writing advice goes

Been quite stalled in the next section of my Kit stuff. It is like hacking my way through dense underbrush. The story feels as if it is resisting me, instead of helping me. There is no feeling of increasing energy-- if that makes sense. It drains and drags.

There is a lot of writing advice out there. Today I am thinking of the one that says 'Start as close to the end as possible.'  you can always go back and put filler in. So I am going to try that.

Have you guys been in this predicament? Have you tried jumping to the middle? Does it work?

And would anyone like to read total self-indulgent AU Bush smut? That is the only other thing in my head right now. I have not written it because it seemed sort of self-indulgent. But sometimes you have to write what is on top to get at what is underneath. Like, cleaning an attic or something.

In other news: It is very hot here. 90's. Have been in swimming several times now. The beach is so close it is possible to go every day. C has been every day with her friends. The sun is fading the scars on her leg. (From the Mersa, from the illegal tattoo.)

We are having a lot of trouble with our mail. Getting everything forwarded from our old address is possible only in theory. What it means in real life is this: We have had no snail mail since we moved. The USPS is useless. The tech for changing your address dates from about 1962.

They have fireworks every friday on the Coney Island boardwalk. Hazel hides in the bathroom. She was terribly scared on the fourth. She has now become quite skittish about going out after dark. She checks out the windows on her way down the stairs. (Windows are at dog height on the stairwell, oddly.) If she sees anything worrisome she runs right back up to our door again. Makes it hard to get her emptied for the night. But if I can get her outside, she has a really good time. Most people seem to like her immediately. Everyone can see she is a very kind dog. Yesterday she met two little girls about 4. They waved at her and said 'Hi, doggie.' Then she met a basset hound, an intact male basset hound, who was not permitted to get close. His name was Everett. It is hard to tell with hounds, but he looked quite young. Hazel is spayed of course, but he could smell that she was a lady dog.

I am becoming accustomed to the three flights of stairs. They do not leave me as breathless as before. Of course I am usually carrying something down or up. Groceries are a real pain. Even when I pay to have them delivered I end up having to carry some. But I can feel myself getting stronger. There is an upside to being shaped like a cart-horse!

Well, enough dithering. I am going to try to write something.


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Jul. 9th, 2014 06:10 pm (UTC)
Well, you don't have to go to the gym and pay to walk on the treadmill or ride a stationary bike!! And swimming every day!!What a treat!!
Jul. 9th, 2014 07:09 pm (UTC)
As I say when i'm showing a high floor apartment in a block with no elevator: "it's got a built in gym"

Jul. 9th, 2014 08:44 pm (UTC)
I often move the starting point if I get stuck. My natural style does involve a lot of flashbacks and backfill though.
Jul. 9th, 2014 09:28 pm (UTC)
If I'm really stuck I just miss out the bit I'm stuck on and start writing further on. Then I go back later and fill in the gap. I don't think you can do this too often, or you lose your grip on the continuity of the story, but once in a while it helps. And sometimes writing something further on in the plot makes you change what you were trying to write, and then it gets easier to write it - if you see what I mean!
Jul. 10th, 2014 05:48 am (UTC)
I never really have a starting point. Scenes, appear in my mind and I build a story around them. Sometimes a name comes into my head and a character appears to embody it and off I go. The best writing tip I was given was 'write something every day, even if it is only a few lines' and it works for me most of the time

Edited at 2014-07-10 05:49 am (UTC)
Jul. 10th, 2014 10:03 am (UTC)
Writing and stairs
Writing: Yes, I do. Writewritewrite... break, pause, gap, write on, fill gap later. But starting as close as possible to the end seems a good idea :) Will try that one.

As to the stairs :) I like 'built like a cart-horse' :) I would love to have more stairs. And swimming every day?!?! You are lucky!
Pat Hazel from me. Why is she so afraid of fire works?

And: writewritewrite :)
Jul. 10th, 2014 10:58 pm (UTC)
Glad you are getting used to the stairs. I'm sure hubby would tell you and confirm that after six (or more) months of up and down shipboard ladders, "civilian" stairways are a like a slight inclined ramp.
Jul. 11th, 2014 12:32 am (UTC)
My writing style for longer material has always been "jump around to scenes that interest me" with plans to fill in the gaps later. So if you're having trouble, I'd definitely recommend doing that.

Also, if you haven't seen this article, maybe you'll get some inspiration from it too; http://thisblogisaploy.blogspot.com/2011/06/how-i-went-from-writing-2000-words-day.html

Good luck!
Jul. 13th, 2014 08:44 pm (UTC)
When it comes to fic, I never write sequentially. I jump backwards and forwards as the words come to me, and I often move paragraphs around as I'm editing. I also tend to write dialogue first and then go back and fill in the other scenes.

I'm not surprised the stairs are keeping you fit! before I moved house I lived at the top of a tenement, four floors up. It certainly kept me fit when daughter was tiny and I had to carry her, the pram and the shopping up and down four flights!

PS Yes to the gratuitous Bush AU!

PPS Hope Hazel isn't too traumatised by the fireworks.
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