About the specific skills of prolific authors
NyanBazDo you think you are prolific?
NobDon't you yourself think that you make a lot of puzzles?
NobYou don't decide on a set number of puzzles you have to make every day?
NobDo you think the same, Casty?
NobBut you do make an awful lot of problems. I'm amazed to hear that there are days when you don't make puzzles. Are you fast at making puzzles?
NobCan you make 10x10 size Slitherlink in 3 minutes?
NobCasty has sent in a lot of hard Sudoku recently. It would take a lot of time to make those.
NyanBazSome authors spend a lot of time to make one problem. Do you think a problem becomes better if you spend more time on it?
NyanBazObsessiveness and quality do not go together?
NobCasty's work is often solved smoothly. When you make your puzzles, is there something you make sure will be there?
NobThere has to be. Casty makes so many puzzles, but they are not really very similar.
NyanBazAre you careful about not making similar problems?
NobCasty couldn't really say no here in front of Guten, could he!
NyanBazAre there puzzles that are good for mass production?
NyanBazHow about Nurikabe?
NobRepeating your self is a danger for prolific authors. You have to protect against that.
NobYes. There aren't a lot of patterns to go with.
NyanBazWe get a lot of Masyu and I'm not sure if that is because it is difficult to repeat yourself there.
NobWith Slitherlink, placement is limited to symmetrical patterns, but you can still make those freely, sort of.
NobFalling into repeating a pattern can be avoided by aligning the numbers. Arranging the numbers diagonally or horizontal and vertical, they give very different appearances and impressions when solving. But really, there are no puzzles where it is that easy to avoid going stale.
NobWhat is -4's style? He is probable not putting so much personality in it.
NobAn acute observation!
NyanBazThe trick seems to be to imitate others but not letting it become a rut or a crutch.
NobDon't you ever get tired of making puzzles?
NobWhat about putting up with the feeling that you just have to grit your teeth and get on with it?
NobThat may be how prolific authors do it, let it flow naturally, hanging loose.
NobDo you never feel it's like when you are dating someone you really want to break up with?
NobLike in an old marriage?
NyanBazWell. Now we have heard how you two think. That's it for today. Please keep up with making lots of puzzles from now on.
Discussion on Sep 2009 Published on Jan 15, 2013