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    Craner to be played by a permanently disapproving Hugh Grant.

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    When people burst into tears at Luka's poems it's because Luka's just handed them some fruitcake gibberish and they wish they'd got a poem from Woops instead.

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    Thought it was just going to something horrible and mean and I'd be upset

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beagle View Post
    fruitcake
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    The mask slips?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Beagle View Post
    When people burst into tears at Luka's poems it's because Luka's just handed them some fruitcake gibberish and they wish they'd got a poem from Woops instead.
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    Quote Originally Posted by droid View Post
    This thing practically writes itself.
    Taken out of context this is the most profound post on the thread isn't it

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    Quote Originally Posted by blissblogger View Post
    "interesting" to yourself and "interesting" to other people are not necessarily the same thing
    This is kind of what i'm getting at, artists and people in general not fully understanding their most interesting bits. So I wanted to know about the conditions that led to the good stuff coming out. Poetix and Luka put it well.

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    What would it be in this gap in understanding that makes the writing interesting? Is it about writer and reader discovering together? A feeling of 'maybe this is why things are happening', rather than 'things happened', not the final word but an invitation... keep going.

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    I've found when I've done something I've been impressed by, it's been almost like an out-of-body experience. It stands apart from me and I can't quite remember how it came together. A bit like writing for a long time without looking up then seeing you've produced a big block of text that does actually make sense. You've been performing the individual motions without thinking too much and they seem to have cohered by themselves.

    The best stuff definitely seems to come from being quick and near-unconscious/unthinking, as far as I can tell. The moments when you get locked in. I'm talking mainly of music and skating here as I haven't really written much, but I imagine it applies to writing and plenty of other things too, like those days where you just seem to be sharper than usual and can ride the wave.

    I'd say a strong mood's helpful, and it doesn't always matter whether it's strongly positive or negative. What matters is that it's strong. If you're just sort of flat with nothing pushing or pulling you, your output will probably share that quality.

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    Flow. But itís more than flow isnít it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by shiels View Post
    What would it be in this gap in understanding that makes the writing interesting? Is it about writer and reader discovering together? A feeling of 'maybe this is why things are happening', rather than 'things happened', not the final word but an invitation... keep going.
    Following from this you could say writing can be interesting when itís interested in the reader. Curious about the reader.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shiels View Post
    What would it be in this gap in understanding that makes the writing interesting? Is it about writer and reader discovering together? A feeling of 'maybe this is why things are happening', rather than 'things happened', not the final word but an invitation... keep going.
    I want to join in and chase this thread up but I'm too hungover.

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