Jay Hoffmann

Books, movies, and code

When Writing

A decent rule of thumb when writing, via Warren Ellis

Imagine: you’re writing away, and suddenly a piece of the story feels wrong. You take it out, start again, and you’re stuck. Sometimes, I just mark that bit of story with an asterisk or something and keep going until I have the idea to replace it with. It’s just time and paper/pixels, after all. I don’t stall, I don’t lose energy, I just keep inventing around and from that break point, generating material until I have the idea to replace the broken bit with. Sometimes I end up with some material I can’t use, but that doesn’t mean it’s useless – save everything, you never know when that stuff can be applied to something else or be the seed of something new.