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:
- Pick a place where you can sit and simply watch your own breath, uninterrupted. Watch it come in, and watch it go out.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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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