Writing in Restaurants

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“Writing in a café can work, too, to improve concentration. But instead of reducing stimulation, the café atmosphere keeps that sensory part of you busy and happy, so that the deeper, quieter part of you that creates and concentrates is free to do so….The stimulation in a restaurant can also be used in another way. Turn to face it and get on that carousel and go for a ride. Keep your hand moving, write with the waves of energy, throwing in details you catch from around you and mixing them with your own thought flashes. The outside excitement can stimulate and awaken feelings inside you. There is a wonderful give and take.”

When will you know to stop rewriting?

...and in last place.
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“The novel never attains the level of perfection. No matter how much you rewrite and rewrite again, you will still find places in the book that don’t do exactly what you want. You will feel that some characters are hazy, and plot connections unsure. There’s a subplot that will seem to get lost and a fairly important character that will change but not as much as you might have wished. This is true for all writers in all forms. Books are not pristine mathematical equations. They are representative of humanity and therefore flawed. ‘So when will I know to stop rewriting?’ you ask. When you see the problems but, no matter how hard you try, you can’t improve on what you have. That’s it….Congratulations. You have a novel. This one is good. The  next one will be better.”


Start Anywhere

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“There’s no need to find the right starting place. With a big task or a confusing problem when you don’t know where to start, begin with the most obvious thing, whatever is in front of you. The notion that there is no such thing as a proper beginning and the search to find that ideal starting place, robs us of time. We distance ourselves from the task, and the vision of what it will take to do it makes tackling the job seem mountainous. Once a job is under way you have a new and more realistic perspective. You are inside the problem while looking at it rather than standing safely at the perimeter. The ‘Start Anywhere” rule is liberating. It means that you can make progress on some dream or dreaded task at any time.”