I used to get stuck trying to find the first sentence of a story, then I realised that it was often because I didn't know what problem a character was facing in the story. As soon as I did, I could have the character trying to do something about it or have the problem whack him between the eyes.
Everybody should have his personal sounds to listen for - sounds that will make him exhilarated and alive or quiet and calm.
I try not to read blogs. The comments are extremely harsh.
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