Monday, April 18, 2011

Writing is a State of Mind

Image by Barbara Dieu

Let's face it. Sometimes we just do not have it in us to write that next piece. The pressure is on, the deadline is near, but we have mentally checked-out.  Trying to dig for something—anything at all—inside of us to inspire productivity is becoming trying and tiring.

First off, if this happens more frequently than you feel is acceptable, do not be so hard on yourself. It happens to the best of the best, the seasoned and the green. While you are taking the time, wrestling with yourself, inside something greater is brewing, developing and waiting to unfold.

Your state of mind is just that, a "state." It is not permanent; it is not for a lifetime, but just a season. A pretty short one at that! If your state of mind is on something rather than writing, don’t worry, it’s subject to change suddenly. If your state of mind is on writing, then by all means seize that opportunity and use it while you can.

In the soul of a writer there is that "hidden" place where your affection lies—those things about which you are passionate. You have to ponder and go after those things, rather than to expect that a fresh batch of ideas will somehow “brew” while you are patiently waiting. Accepting that you need to be in that particular mind-set is the kindest thing you can do for yourself.

Not to be confused with forcing, every now and then a little nudge is acceptable, and even required. Go ahead and clear your surroundings of anything distracting from and not relating to the task before you. Make a way for the process to begin naturally and relax—as you bring to paper what lies inside.

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