The Mindful Approach to Writing

The world is filled with distractions and segues that will derail you from the big goals and awesome dreams you have envisioned for yourself.

Although challenges come with the territory of success, conquering the challenges is an essential experience to build mindful confidence, a state of awareness where you are conscious of your actions and their effects on your desired outcomes.

Work through the challenge of focus by tracking your time, using your journal to reflect on your actions, and recording how much time you spend away from your task while you’re completing your task.

You’ll be surprised by how much time you waste with your phone or on the next most distracting site that steals your attention.

Walk mindfully into your notebook, and set your strategy to remain focused.

Get that pen moving. We need to see your work of art.

A True Warrior

Spend your time and attention on crafting your story, your journey, your value from the work you create and the efforts you embrace to become a true warrior for your art and life in this world.

It’s easy to fall into the trappings of peer pressure and acquiesce for the sake of popularity or cheap, easy publicity.

Do something more with your pen. Conjure stories from places without voice. Make a difference. Tell a story that will change your life. And finally, DON’T STEAL and pass it of as your own work. This is meritless, baseless, and  cowardly.

Focus and become the quiet hero with a pen who’s words life on and on. Keep going. We need the best from you.

 

The Tech Mess

The latest technology is bright, shiny, new and has the magic button to help others understand and love your art.

The new tech will tell your story better than you, and offer new shortcuts, so you can focus your time on doing absolutely nothing, because that is what we ultimately desire.

When the new tech is making you more efficient at finding options in drop-down menus and disconnecting you from people, as it deepens your intimacy with your machine, be careful.

The magic formula is loving your art, your calm, and your experience then sharing the wisdom because your voice is essential.

Focus and breathe. You’ve got work to do today.

Checking Twice

It’s better to have a second opinion on your opinion of your opinion. Let your work stand for itself. Your defense is on the page. Disarm the critic before they put their pen to the page.

The Industry

Learn it. Go to the conferences. Read your work in public. Show up. Shake their hands. Tell them about your work. Write about it. The journey is important.

Writing Challenge #2

Write three wishes and imagine them being filled by three people you know. Make them kind and make them build others up. Disguise your friends as sages on your path. Each [sage] should grant a wish that prepares your heart to create it’s best work. Share don’t share. Just di the work.

Routine

Everyone probably has a routine for their morning. Floss, brush your teeth, shave, shower, dress, and so on.

Our patterns are probably different, but the outcome, a clean, presentable, us for the world to see is the goal.

The usual should happen when you start penciling your words and introducing them to the page.

Was there a routine that brought you focus? Was clarity or insight triggered by stretching or focusing on a single scene or bit of dialogue.

Consider a routine to fortify your focus and bring all of those amazing ideas to light. Do it the same way every time, and shun the distractions. Your word count and your editor will love you.

The Best

It’s easy to believe that it’s all over when your pen stops moving, but the end is just the beginning.

Find a story that’s waiting to be told on your way to work.

A road sign may have a bit of graffiti or there maybe a notorious pothole that irks you every time you run over it.

Consider the stories you can create, and the questions you can answer about life and the universe as you grind through another day.

Your notebook awaits. The world needs your stories.

Pace Yourself

Start working on the little things in moderation.

Everything is written letter by letter, sentence by sentence, paragraph by paragraph, and so on.

Trying to produce the big picture, the book, the screenplay, the memoir all at once usually leads to frustration.

Go scene by scene or chapter by chapter, and you’ll begin to see progress.

After you’ve got the scenes and chapters, bind them all together and you’ll have something at the end.

Everywhere Else

You can go anywhere and find gossip, negativity, and trolls.

Where are the places where we find the opposite? The peace, the beauty, the building up of others, the best of us.

There should be some of those places to go along with the opposite.

Make one. Share it with us. We need more.