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Finish Before The End

I always find that finishing my working day before I’ve ran out of ideas is a great help. Imagine you’re writing your scene/s, you’ve planned and thought what is going to happen, how the scene will start, who will be in it, how it will end, perhaps you’ve thought what the consequences of that scene are going to be and how they are going to affect the next scene. You’re happy, energised, the creative juices are flowing. This is why you love being a writer!

My tip is don’t keep writing until you’ve exhausted that idea, that scene, that purpose. Hold a little back.

The next time you pick up your writing you’ll have something in store to get you up and running, you’ll know where you’re headed, what needs to be done. Think of it as a metaphorical stretching exercise for your writing muscle.

By the time you’ve articulated your thoughts on that particular section of your piece (remember you have already thought out what needs to be done, it’s just waiting for you to put it down on paper!), your writing muscles will be warmed up and nimble, your creative juices will be flowing and you’ll be ready to take on the next section/scene of your play.

By doing this you will hit the ground running. In my experience there is nothing worse or more restrictive than starting cold, staring at a blank sheet of paper or more likely a blank screen and thinking, “what happens next?” If you finish before the end you’ll know exactly what happens next, you’ll have that crucial time of blissfully typing away pushing character/plot and story forward and the joyous phrase, “ooh, ooh I know what happens next!” will soon be popping into your head and exciting you.

Try it next time you’re writing, finish before the end.

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