Even if you love writing, at times the words won’t come. You’re under pressure. You’re a writer: your income depends on the words you produce each day.
You may be a beginning freelance writer, and you lack confidence. Or perhaps you’re a long-established writer, and you’re bored. Perhaps writing is part of your job, and you’re writing for a publication or website which demands that you get a certain number of clicks each day.
For you, writing means stress.
Relax. You can remove the stress, and write more, more easily. These three simple tricks will help.
1. Schedule time to think, and to brainstorm
Paradoxically, the key to writing more is to build free time into your schedule. You need time to think, and time to brainstorm.
At least once each day, allow yourself to sit in a quiet place, and think. This is not worry time. Choose something pleasant to think about. You can think about a current project, or about your goals — or about anything else.
Your aim is to muse, rather than think hard. For most of us, “thinking” implies stress. You may have had a teacher or someone else who put pressure on you when you were young, and demanded that you think. As you may know, this kind of “thinking” doesn’t work.
Relax. Accept. Wonder… muse. You’re allowing thoughts to come, rather than forcing them in any way.
When you’re thinking/ musing, avoid doing anything else. Just sit, and relax. Don’t use this time to brainstorm.
When you need to brainstorm, set aside some time to do this. It’s an active process, but make sure that you have fun, and stay relaxed. You’ll be more creative, and the words will flow.
2. Act! Write: writing conquers procrastination, and anxiety
Don’t know what to write about? That’s OK. Write anyway. Writing is an active process. You get ideas when you’re writing, not when you’re thinking about writing.
Just start writing — allow words to come.
Write those words down. Before you know it, you’ll be flooded with inspiration.
Here’s an alternative method. Find a book or an article you like. Copy the first paragraph. Then keep writing. At the end of your writing session, delete the first paragraph. You’ll be amazed at how easy this makes writing. Copying someone else’s words primes the pump of your own. (Be be sure to delete the first paragraph when you’re done…!)
3. Free write: write to explore what’s on your subconscious mind right now
Your subconscious mind is in every cell of your body. It contains memories of everything that’s ever happened to you. It contains much more material than you’re aware of. Under hypnosis, people recall much more about incidences than they thought — they can also recall false memories. Your subconscious mind is much more powerful than your conscious mind.
Your subconscious is packed with material you can use for your writing.
Access the material by using free writing sessions frequently. Set a timer for ten, 20 or 30 minutes, and start writing. Although your free writing sessions won’t be directly usable, they prime the pump.
You’ll be amazed – inspiration will flow. Carmel, one of my writing students, generated the complete plot for a novel in a single free writing session.
Want to write more, more easily?
The Easy-Write Process will help. Writing hasn’t always been fun for me, either. Far from it. For the first ten years of my writing career, when I was writing novels and starting out as a copywriter, I was terrified of writing.
That changed, because it had to – my livelihood depends on my writing. My Easy-Write Process changed my life, and it can change yours.