virre-linwendil said: you write stuff to, so, How are you able to keep focus and write long. I rock poetry and the Six minute story (the get a prompt and write a short story in six minutes) but telling the story in a long way, no that I can't keep up with.
1. Have a deadline. Create an artificial one if you must. Try NaNoWriMo, or get a writing buddy who can help you keep pace. Tell your friend or relative you’ll send them your story on such-and-such a date, and make that date.
2. Ask yourself a complicated, deep question with many sides and perspectives. “What happens when we die?” “How is it possible to love again after being hurt?” “What would it mean if aliens contacted us?” Create characters that occupy all those sides and viewpoints — at least six of them. Explore their brains until you have a handle on why they hold the views they hold, until you see the root of why they are that way, until you love them for it. Now get them into a situation where these people can’t get away from each other, and make them interact. There are so many scenes you could do, just with those combinations of characters.
3. Don’t break the chain. Get a physical calendar. Write today, and draw a big horizontal line through the day. Tomorrow, write again, and continue that horizontal line through that day too. Keep it going! Keep writing. It doesn’t matter what you write—just don’t break the chain. Write for sixty seconds today. Write a grocery list. Write a snippet of something you hadn’t planned at all. Anything counts. Keep going. Don’t break the chain. If a year ago you had started writing one page every day, by today you’d have written a novel.
4. What’s the worst thing that could happen to characters #2 and #6 right now? Make that happen. Keep dropping complications on them. Don’t just hand them their goals — make them fight for them. Make them claw and scrape and reach deep to overcome all the stuff you’re throwing at them. And just when they think they’re ready to go slay the dragon, pull the rug out. (And mix your metaphors, apparently.) What’s the one thing they’ve been relying on all this time? Take that away. NOW see if they can get what they’re striving for. And NOW check out what your word count is. :)
5. Add time travel. That always spices things up. *cough*