When you are going good


Originally uploaded by SOFennell

I never come back to a blank page. I always finish about half way through. To be confronted with a blank page is not very nice. But Hemingway, a great American writer, taught me the finest trick when you are doing a long book which is, he simply said in his own words ‘When you are going good, stop writing.’ And that means if everything’s going well and you know exactly where the end of the chapters going to go
and you know just what the people are going to do, you don’t go on writing and writing
until you come to the end of it because when you do then you say, well, where am I going to go next? And you get up and you walk away and you don’t want to come back because you don’t know where you want to go. But if you stop when you are going good, as Hemming way said, when you are going good, stop! And you know what you are going to say next, but you make yourself stop, put your pencil down, and everything, and you walk away. And you can’t wait to get back because you know what you want to say next and that’s lovely and you have to try and do that. Every time, everyday all the way through the year. If you stop when you are stuck, then you are in trouble.

Roald Dahl

I’m not stuck, but I have found that referencing this idea very helpful in keeping the momentum going.



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