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equestriatola
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14 Dec 2012, 6:49 am

...and, please, get your minds out of the gutter on this one.

I ask you all now, what helps you get your writing stimuli going? I can't quantify what gets mine going, but I am sure it involves lots of drinking of tea and/or coffee. :D


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14 Dec 2012, 10:21 am

The three C's

coffee

cigars

cognac


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14 Dec 2012, 10:52 am

Yes, coffee or tea, pen and paper, peace and quiet. Congac makes me sleepy.

Also, writing dreams first thing in the morning or just writing first thing in the morning (with above conditions, ideally) and letting whatever is in there just tumble out without censure.



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14 Dec 2012, 11:49 am

emtyeye wrote:
Congac makes me sleepy.


That's what the cigars and coffee are for ...


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14 Dec 2012, 12:32 pm

I usually start with a five to ten minute period of daydreaming, then I get out my notepad and continue writing.


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15 Dec 2012, 1:37 am

I know a handful of online writers who make a playlist of all their favorite songs, then listen to that playlist whenever they run out of inspiration.



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15 Dec 2012, 7:16 am

Wow, my methods are just literally SAD:
- Solidarity
- Activism
- Depression

That's why when I write, unless it's for school, it has a political twist or would put you in a depressive slump. :x


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15 Dec 2012, 10:46 pm

CftxP wrote:
Wow, my methods are just literally SAD:
- Solidarity
- Activism
- Depression

That's why when I write, unless it's for school, it has a political twist or would put you in a depressive slump. :x


Interesting...... we can amazing stuff when depressed. :D


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20 Dec 2012, 5:21 am

Best things for writing are what Faulkner suggested as the essential equipment for any author, a sort of variation on the three C's:

"The tools I need for my work are paper, tobacco, food, and a little whiskey."

I will say, though, that I find I write with far greater fluidity and speed if I swap out the food with coffee.



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24 Dec 2012, 4:50 pm

Listening to sad music also helps out times.


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24 Dec 2012, 4:58 pm

Mostly I'm doing college papers. If I need to break a mental log jam I just have to free wright. Just spew whatever comes to mind onto my word processor with no concern for grammar.



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24 Dec 2012, 11:59 pm

I write music, but the same principle applies:

Write. Sit down and force yourself to write something for a set amount of time, no matter how crap it is. Eventually you'll get into the flow of things and start producing something decent.


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01 Jan 2013, 10:59 am

It's like running. If you don't do it very regularly, you get out of shape and it's harder to get back into it. This means that sometimes you have to force yourself to write, even if you don't feel like it.



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02 Jan 2013, 2:39 am

blueroses wrote:
It's like running. If you don't do it very regularly, you get out of shape and it's harder to get back into it. This means that sometimes you have to force yourself to write, even if you don't feel like it.


So weird you write that, I was about to write that running really helps my writing! They're really similar- when I was at uni, my tutor lent me Haruki Murakami's book 'What I Talk About When I Talk About Running' which is AMAZING and really changed the way I looked at with writing and running. I'm now doing a PhD in creative writing and training for a marathon, it really is an inspirational book. When I started a poetry module at uni, I couldn't write poems and didn't really 'get' what a poem was but running stops you from fixating on it as a problem and relaxes your brain so you can write more easily.



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02 Jan 2013, 11:32 am

Sometimes I start writing and cannot stop. Then after a few weeks or months I stop and cannot start again.

Usually I can feel it coming. I have an idea that builds, gets vivid and then I have to write it. It can be easy if I am willing to write anything and am not only writing because I think it will be read someday.