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    J.A. Marlow
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    I’ve always used timed writing to help get going (as well as 100-word jumps), but I hadn’t realized that the general technique had a name: the Pomodoro Technique (named after the old-fashioned tomato kitchen timers). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pomodoro_Technique

    I’m still coming out of the haze of grief after Mother Hen’s passing, so I’ve been using all sorts of things to get my focus back so I can write again. Maybe it’s a bit of procrastinating, but I’ve also been using some tools to help that process along.

    For timed writing, I found the Pomodoro Keeper app for my iPhone. It has a free version, but I liked it so much that I paid the $1.99 for the full version. I like that I can adjust the length of the timing of the session as I prefer shorter than the regular 25 minutes, as well as how long the breaks are and how many sessions in a row. I can also set goals for how many per day I want to do, and it has nice nice graphs for how many I’ve done in the past 14 and 30 days. A nice little perk is that I can set it to play a song from my music playlists for the active session and the breaks (I use various nature sounds, typically. Youtube has a good variety to choose from!).

    Anyone else have any tools for timed writing that they use, perhaps for Android or Google Play?

    J.A. Marlow
    The String Weavers, Salmon Run, Redpoint One series.

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    MarFisk
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    That sounds interesting :). I rarely do timed writings much right now for a variety of reasons, but they’ve been a good tool in the past and are sure to be so again.

    She remakes mechanical devices, and he dreams of becoming a steamship captain in The Steamship Chronicles. Book 1 is free in eBook.
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    J.A. Marlow
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    I seem to go in streaks. For a while one thing works, then another. For a while timed writing just wasn’t as fun. But right now I’m trying everything to help me get back into writing.

    J.A. Marlow
    The String Weavers, Salmon Run, Redpoint One series.

    Writer alter-ego of Dreamers Cove

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    djmills
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    I use timed writing when I have no idea what the characters would do to solve their current problem. I allow myself to write anything at all, not part of the novel draft, and sometimes even surprise myself with the answers the characters give to even the simplest questions. :-)

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    crimson_angel
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    I use the Pomodoro technique all the time. For writing, and for stretch breaks as I tend to keep sitting without a break for hours if I get really involved. It works really well. :)

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