Replicated from just about every writer whose journal, both on LiveJournal and elsewhere, that I read:
Turn to page 123 in your work-in-progress. (If you haven’t gotten to page 123 yet, then turn to page 23. If you haven’t gotten there yet, then get busy and write page 23.) Count down four sentences and then instead of just the fifth sentence, give us the whole paragraph.
This is from page 123 of the crap draft The Solitude of the Tentacled Space Monster. As always, I’m behind in my writing.
Hector sauntered outside. This was great. He even felt taller. The world could be his; he could have anything he wanted, and anyone. And, of course, there was only one thing that he wanted right now.
In a way, it bothers me that this is still my crap draft. I want to have this thing DONE, I don’t want to have to go through another major revision. I’ve got too many other ideas that desperately want to be written. But at least I’m seeing it through to the end.