View Full Version : When to take a break?

04-22-2011, 12:01 AM
Which of the following phrases spilling out of your keyboard might indicate to you that you're brain is somewhat fried, and perhaps you really should stop writing for the day?

(that, and didn't we need a silly poll?)

04-22-2011, 12:32 AM
they make perfect sense to me, Kelly!

Chicago Expat
04-22-2011, 01:27 AM
There's a couple up there that would make wicked cool band names. Tornado Bunnies? I can see an all-girl punk rock band scooping that one up.

And I think "The Ominous Shelf" could lead to some hilarious horror short stories. This thread is already getting spooky.

04-22-2011, 02:37 AM
I once wrote the chilling phrase:

"He looked around with his eyes..."

I literally LoL'd

Caitlin Black
04-22-2011, 03:38 AM
I think I could find a decent use for all of those phrases...

Except "Orlando Eggplant Blooms". Actually, no, wait... an eggplant bloom in the city of Orlando. Ha!

Okay, so I'm totally stealing all those lines. ;)

Actually, you could make a Short Story prompt whereby people have to write something that uses all those options at least once. :)

Captain Scarf
04-22-2011, 06:11 AM
You really shouldn't work past 2:30 am. After this time I get either depressed or paranoid.

Having said that, it's now 3:10am. Nobody make any loud noises.

Devil Ledbetter
04-22-2011, 04:09 PM
I love "Saran wrap parachute."

I know it's time to stop when my characters get drowsy and start yawning.

04-22-2011, 06:48 PM
When all of the sentences blur together and your eyes roll back in your head.:D

04-26-2011, 04:08 PM
Have you been spying on my WIP I am sure I've written a couple of those.... (oh dear)

04-26-2011, 09:50 PM
Here's when I need a break.

The'res a trap in my sm... sm... snap... sm...snare drim...drum. I do'nt now hen... whem... know when it showd up but my ging... finger in is it...is in it and now nleed...bleeding.

When I do more back stroking that moving forward I know it's time to STOP!

04-26-2011, 10:00 PM
have you had any battery hallucinations yet?

whimsical rabbit
04-26-2011, 10:00 PM
Tornadoe bunnies. Clearly.

04-26-2011, 10:15 PM
In my latest MS, it was time to stop writing when I named my chapters some of the following:

The One-eye Love

A Fucking Beautiful Fucking Mind, John Nash's Garage

Like Paul Newman in Hud


Clickety-clack Don't Look Back

(and the phrases in the poll would actually fit quite nicely in my very messed-up MC's narrative.)

eta: there was also a chapter called "More Fun with S Words" but there is no chapter titled "fun with S words" or even "S Words"


Yeah. It was time to stop writing. :D

04-26-2011, 10:40 PM
(and the phrases in the poll would actually fit quite nicely in my very messed-up MC's narrative.)

The night before I posted this... I clicked on the 'last page' of each thread in the OP in order from top to bottom, and grabbed the first interesting word I found... then paired them up. Kinda like a game of 'stray dart dictionary'.

uh huh, I needed a break.


04-26-2011, 10:58 PM
I named a bunch of characters similarly. I was at a sports-themed restaurant. I took first and last names from baseball cards on the bar and mixed them around creating new names. :)

04-26-2011, 11:58 PM
When to take a break?

When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie.

04-27-2011, 03:05 AM
When your eyes begin to roll back and your head turns a complete 360.