Your surroundings are critical to your creative mastery, as is your mindframe. Our lives can get so busy that it's important to unwind and recharge in order to allow creativity to flow through us into the page.
You've gotten into the habit of writing for ten minutes every day. That is the most important piece of the Successful Writer Puzzle. Now, implement the following tips before your daily writing practice, and enjoy how much more easily the ideas and thoughts come to you.
If you're just joining the Total Writer Transformation, I've linked days 1 - 27 below. Each day can be used alone, or follow the days in order for the Total transformation. But if you take only one thing away from this take this: the most important step is to make time to write every day. Set your time for ten minutes and just write. Usually you'll find you keep going long after three beep.
Clear Your Headspace
Before you sit down to write, take a moment to clear your mind. Leave the stress and to do list outside- it'll still be there when you're finished but it has no business invading your writing time. Practice deep breathing: inhale for for seconds, hold for four, exhale for four seconds, pause for four. Repeat ten times.
Keep your writing area simple and comfortable. Declutter, sit in a comfy chair, and surround yourself with colors and things that inspire you. Take off your shoes, have a cup of your favorite beverage, and be sure you're not hungry or too cold or hot.
Change the pace to trigger your mind and let it know you're moving on to a different task. Take a brisk walk around the block, do some stretches or jumping jacks, take a quick shower, or turn up the music and dance. The point is to do something different for a few minutes to signal a change in the days pace.
The Power of Scent
Scents are powerful. Use this to your advantage by utilizing essential oils. Lavender relaxes. Cedar helps with focus and removes mental fatigue. Citrus like lemon and grapefruit rejuvenates and energizes. You can also use your favorite essential oils as a signal to tell you're brain it's time to write.
Create a space for writing, and start a pre-writing routine.
Creating a physical and mental haven for your writing will pay for itself with super powered creativity and productivity.
What is your favorite way to get in the writing mode? Share your techniques in the comments!
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Be a Better Writer in Just One Month! Join the 31 Day Writing Challenge to transform your writing and your life!
Day 1 The Truth About Making Time For Writing
Day 2 How to Incorporate Ideas From Life in Your Writing
Day 3 Master the Art of Captivating Your Readers
Day 4 Banishing Distractions
Day 5 Get Your Writing Noticed!
Day 6 The Importance of Morning Pages
Day 7 Why You Should Write Even if You're Not a Writer
Day 8 How to Personify an Object
Day 9 How to Use Writing Prompts to Improve Your Skills
Day 10 Why You Need an Email List
Day 11 There is a Best Time to Write!
Day 12 Your Future Path
Day 13 Do You Know How to Eat an Elephant?
Day 14 Soliloquy Speaking: Bring Depth to Your Characters
Day 15 The Red String- You and Your Readers are Connected
Day 16 Pardon Me, What Did You Say?
Day 17 Make Dialogue Work For You
Day 18 Actions Speak
Day 19 Connect the Dots
Day 20 Begin with the End
Day 21 You Don't Need the Money!
Day 22 Lessons for Writers from Kurt Vonnegut
Day 23 from Mundane to Marvelous
Day 24 Expose Yourself
Day 25 Write it Like They'll Steal it!
Day 26 Don't Dress for the Job You Have
Day 27 Pieces of You
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