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    When do you take a break in your writing?

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by AltonReed, Apr 3, 2011.

    Say you've just written a lot for your story, and you've decided to take a break. Where do you leave it? I tend to just stop randomly in a paragraph so I can easily tell where I am just by reading a few more sentences up rather than leaving it on a chapter and having to read everything to catch my bearings. Where do you stop?
     
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    Well, I usually wait till I finish a chapter, otherwise any attempt at R&R will be in vain because I'll feel uneasy leaving things mid-way. Also, since I work based on chapter-based plot outlines, I don't feel the need to go back and look at things, since the outlines tell me exactly where I am. I leave the reviewing until the end of a chapter or the entire book.
     
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    I just write and stop when it is done - don't give it that much thought,
     
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    When I write and I want to stop I usaully stop after the current description or dialouge is finished.
     
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    It varies. I don't always finish a chapter either.
     
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    I start each writing session by reviewing and sometimes revising the previous session's work, so when I start adding new material I know where I am and I know the tone and style I'm looking for. So I can stop pretty much anywhere.
     
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    Wherever I feel like it. If I'm too tired or I'm starting to lose interest then I'll break at the end of the paragraph -- unless it's a really tense scene, then I'll continue to the end so as not to interrupt the flow -- or at the end of the conversation. Unless the next chapter is an immediate continuation of the previous scene then I often force myself to take a break (even if it's just ten minutes to check my email and to make a cup of tea) at the end of a chapter.
     
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    I never neatly wrap up after a chapter or scene, because then it's easy to get Great Blank Word Doc syndrome when I pick it up again. I'd recommend writing at least a paragraph or two of the next scene you plan to write before you stop. This way it's easier to resume where you left off at your next sitting.
     
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    I'm more familiar with writing short stories than novels, but I'm working on my first novel now. I'll break in the middle of a paragraph and come back to it later like I never left, I'm pretty good at just putting a task on pause mentally. About the only rule I have for myself is to not stop in mid sentence, because that all ways confuses me when I come back.
     
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    I normally wait until I finished the sentence and make sure that I know that I can easily continued off but I tried and get a chapter done, but with tense scenes I have to finished them off.
     
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    i don't really 'decide' to take a break...

    i just take one whenever i run out of things to write, or if something life-wise intrudes, or if i'm falling asleep over the keyboard/notepad/whatever... and i never give any thought to where it is i'm stopping, as i have no problem picking up wherever i left off...
     
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    I can quit wherever I happen to a.run out of inspiration b.realize it's late and I should go to bed c.realize I have to think some more on how to develope a certain scene d.just lack concentration.
     
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    I usually stop at the end of a paragraph, or when things in that part of the story starts becoming less interesting, for example, the character goes to sleep.
     
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    I finish till I just run out of inspiration, or I feel as though I have gotten enough down.

    I also stop when I feel like I will just write sluggishly, making up small details as I go just so I'll keep writing so that I can reach the big points I want to get to.
     
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    I try to break at scenes at the very least. It's hard to jump back in mid scene for me so I try to wrap things up a bit before putting the laptop away.
     
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    I like to finish scenes or chapters, but it isn't a hard rule. If I need to I'll stop mid-paragraph.
     
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    Sometimes I stop mid-sentence, other times I finish a paragraph. Ironically I rarely stop at chapter breaks!
     
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    I stop after I complete a scene or if I'm tired and writing less enthusiastically. If I have a clear idea what I want to happen next I write a few sentences to remind myself for when energy returns.
     

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