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    Do any of you guys get "writers high"

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by King of the Kong, Oct 23, 2008.

    I've never heard anyone else talk about this before, so it might just be me. Whenever I think of a really good idea for a story, or a good idea for something in the story, I get this great feeling of creativity and all I can think about is adding onto it/writing. Do any of you get this?
     
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    Yes, sometimes I get a really good idea, and it feels really good, sort of like you accomplished something big. However, after writing that great idea down, everything written after seems dull in comparison. I guess I have to learn to write with a calm mind and not get excited.
     
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    All the time, man! ;)

    Actually I get that more now than I did when I was a kid, and it lasts longer. I get in trouble with my job and stuff because when I get that rush, I just can't stop writing. I write like a video game addict plays video games--until my eyes are totally red and sore and my fingers are cramped.
     
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    For me it lasts until I run out of ideas. Sometimes I think of things and I just stop there, but one time I remember I thought of a great idea and it turned into a chain reaction of ideas for around half an hour. That's the most though.

    BTW: You didn't do your little scarlet signature at the end like you always do :p
     
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    the way I experience it is almost compulsive. I'm really excited about whatever it is, and it's impossible to go to sleep until I have it down, until I work on it and develop it. And when I know that a sentence or paragraph actually came out how it sounded in my head!
     
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    It happens to me so much. Yes, everything written down seems dull by comparrison. I guess I just have to learn to not be so judgemental, striving for flawless perfection and just write it down and let other people give me tips on how to improve it.
     
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    I think almost anybody who's really into something, be it writing, sports, acting, kayaking, whatever, feels this at one point or another. It's not necessarily unique to writing. It's called enthusiasm or passion for what you're interested in.
     
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    It's never getting the idea phase that gives me the high. It's when I sit down to write and suddenly the words just start flowing and I have to break back into Gregg shorthand to keep up with them. Hours can fly by like seconds. When the spell finally breaks, I feel like I just ran a marathon -- my whole arm hurts and people around me are looking at me like a thing possessed.

    It doesn't always happen, but when it does -- it's better than sex. (no wet spot to sleep in afterward. ;/ )
     
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    This is what happens to me.
    The world is completely drowned out when I really have an idea.
    Its usually when I listen to music and the song just gives me an idea.

    I need muse to write more often though.
    If I don't have muse my writing sucks.
     
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    I've never gotten "writers high", but I do float around for a day or two after something gets published. Might be similar. I do get excited about a new idea that I think is ingenious, but then I usually settle down once I realize what it would entail to make it work.
     
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    For me, the idea is not the high; it’s the expression of it that sends me into the stratosphere.
     
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    If you don't get a high from writing then why write? I know some people write for a living and they are good at it but if it is just a job then to me they are not true authors. I get a high when writing, sometimes it frightens me, some of the thoughts and action is repellent to me and yet I know it is valid writng from history and just from reading the daily newspapers.

    I write because I love to write, and when I write to develop some of my novels the process is exillerating for me and I can easily get lost for days on the most recent chapter.

    I guy in another forum once spoke about his muse, and I thought at the time it was nonsense. but there is something compulsive about writing, and there is also a learning process. Some people take all their lives learning and write one novel. Some bash out work like a production mill, we are all different.

    I have 5 blogs, one of them is a mundane blog about engineering and that is the most difficult one for me to write in. But it does instil a disipline in me to get it said and done. The other blogs are for pleasure, on eof them being poetry.

    I think writing is also formative, by this I mean one settles down into one sown character. A good writer knows himself and recognises character types. But settling down into ones own character is refreshing and very settling.

    Ieuan
     
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    Yes, sure, but I don't write it unless I get some sort of pressure to do so.
     
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    Yes I do get idea highs all the time, and it's the worst thing ever for my writing. When the scenes are flashing through my head I can never write a half-decent paragraph, and I also want to skip right to those scenes but am never there at that point in the story. I find it impossible to write a scene in the middle of the story withought knowing what happened before it. Then I just give up on trying to write and enjoy the pictures in my head.
     
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    CDRW I would say if you are getting these flash images and stories in your mind to write them down, they are pure gold for the writer. If you cannot rememebr then write them down. It's rather like a gardener who throws his good compost away, to a gardener, rotting leaves and lawn clipping along with decomposing kitchen waste is free loam from heaven. He knows that in time worms and bacteria will reduce this stinking rotten mound of rubbish into the best garden compost for his vegetable and flowers, and it's free. Similarly with these ideas of yours, harvest them in a little book or write chapters and join them up later or weave them into short stories. But don't waste them.

    Some writers would gie their eye teeth to have what you have, your own muse.
    Ieuan
     
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    I've had those times before, and I usually end up doing a whole lot of writing because of it in one sitting. The only problem is is that sometimes I get huge writer's block afterwards. I wrote a chapter in one day and didn't end up writing anything for days afterward.

    But they always seem to come back.
     
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    *giggle* Yes, and then my hand wants to die after that. =D
     
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    Oh, yes, getting that is FUN. I'm not allowed to do it for too long straight, since I'm forced to eat and sleep. I'm sure my hands are grateful for that. Plus, since this is a shared computer, you guys most likely won't be seeing many of my works-I use my typewriter, it doesn't have a waiting line. (Usually.) I get it mostly from the idea, and the completion of the first chapter/paragraph/tenth chapter/coming up with a possible ending. (I suck at endings.)
     
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    Unfortunetly I've had writer's block since I was about 14. I feel like I have some great ideas I just can't ever put them into words.
     
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    Hell yeah. A couple of coffees keeps it going for me as well.
     
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    Everone does at times, but it soon dies with a re-read.
     
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    I remember when I was little I would think of all these great ideas for stories but wouldn't know what to do with them. I would think about them all night, but sadly I lost a lot of my creativity through the years.
     
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    I've had them before, and not only in writing. I think the best way to describe it is to say that you're in the zone, which originates from sports. I've felt that way when programming, writing, writing music, playing music, AND playing sports. It's an amazing feeling when you can tell that you're in one.
     

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