From Cluttered Mind to Powerful Copy

Every writer I’ve ever hired over the years has, at some point, gotten “stuck.”

Some call it writer’s block. Others tell me it’s a result of not knowing how to move forward.

Still others say it has to do with too much information – a cluttered mind, so to speak.

That makes sense to me. After all, writing can be a highly complex journey. It’s essentially the art of taking something inside of you and translating it for all the world to read.

My personal mentor, Dr. Annette Annechild, is an author and expert on the art of meditation. Among many other things, she’s taught me that all of us … especially writers … have a tremendous inner resource: Our minds.

So, if you want to write well, and if you want to write things you can get paid for, you need to know how to calm and access that resource.

Here’s what Dr. Annechild suggests:

  1. Pick a place where you can sit and simply watch your own breath, uninterrupted. Watch it come in, and watch it go out.
  2. Next, choose a mantra. It can be any word or group of words. Simply saying to yourself, “I am a writer” or “I take action as a writer” or even “effortless writing” can work. (Side note: The most popular mantra in the world is “Om Shanti,” where you say “Om” on the inhale and then exhale “Shanti.” It simply means “peace.”) The goal here is to choose words that calm and reassure you. Once you’ve chosen your mantra, stick with it.
  3. Start to repeat your mantra. No matter how many times you get distracted, gently bring your mind back to the mantra. Sit for at least five minutes. Set a timer so you don’t have to constantly interrupt your mantra by looking at a clock.
  4. After you sit in meditation for five minutes, give yourself another five minutes to just watch and see what comes up for you. How do you feel? What are your thoughts? Simply take note of them.

Pay attention to how you feel after those 10 minutes of meditating. You should feel calmer and able to move past any worries that were blocking your progress. And, because meditation calms your mind, it makes your brain more aware, so it’s easier to think (and write) creatively.

Meditation gets more effective over time, so make sure you think of it as a practice. The more you do it, the more benefit you’ll get. (Were you able to sit in silence for 10 minutes? Let me know how long you made it.)

Quiet meditation isn’t the only way to get your creative thoughts to flow freely. Tomorrow, I’ll be back to share the perfect way to unleash your creativity – and you can be as loud as you want.

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Published: July 8, 2014

6 Responses to “From Cluttered Mind to Powerful Copy”

  1. I have heard everything from "take three deep breaths" to "meditate twice a day for at least 20 minutes" - it's all good, and it's all about shutting the noise down and letting your inner spirit speak. As each day goes by I notice yet another aspect of my life that has changed for the better because of meditation.

    I have not tried meditation before writing yet, and I could kick myself for not thinking of it! I'm going to try 5-10 minutes the next time I sit down to write.

    Guest (Jim Crockett)

  2. You'll be glad you did, Jim. It makes a world of difference! Katie

    Guest (Katie Yeakle)

  3. I always do 10 minutes.

    Guest (Rita )

  4. I've noticed positive changes since I started meditation. I have practiced before I write, but only a couple of times. If nothing else, you feel refreshed and ready to go on. That's pretty important. My goal is to meditate every day.


  5. i have found that meditation helps to clear my Mind when it has become cluttered and afterwards My writing flows more smoothly.



  6. Can't say. Got to try the quiet meditation you're talking about.
    Our chanting sessions or mantra is not quiet or calm.


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