by- Tom Kubrak
Often times people have this inner craving to write their life story, write the story of their city, or put together a best selling novel. So we decide to start it. We start strong and with our excitement for the project we are propelled each day and pump out a bunch of pages.
And then… something bad happens.
You fall off. You don’t understand why because just last week you were on a roll and then like the snap of a finger you’re done. Just like that, for the next 3 months, you don’t get anything written down. If you’re not a writer this is especially common. Horror stories are told everyday about “That book I started but never finished,” “That one time I tried writing,” or what about “I tried but it just wasn’t for me.”
If you’re a writer it tends to be more like, “Why did that story fall off?” “Why can’t I figure out this piece like I did that other piece?” or “What’s wrong with me?! I was writing so good just a few weeks ago and then I just got into this rut.”
These are just a few examples but I think that you get the point.
The specific answer why that happens is unknown but maybe one of those reasons is because you weren’t able to consistently get in the right mindset to write the way that you know you’re capable of. Being in the right mindset is absolutely essential for whatever thing you’re writing, whether that’s a fiction, history, or short story, to turn out the best it can.
What’s “The Writer’s Mindset” though and how do you get in it ?
Clear The Body
It’s important to make sure that you’re body is clear to completely be able to focus and concentrate on the project you’re working on. How do you “clear the body” though?
Some ways you can do that is by fasting so you’re body, instead of being concentrated on digesting all the food you ate for breakfast, can concentrate on helping you think clearly on whatever it is that you’re writing.
Another way you can do that is by hydrating. If you’ve ever played a sport you’ve heard them say, “Make sure to hydrate so you can last throughout the entire game.”
Well… just like in sports. With writing, it’s important and essential to get the most out of you’re writing.
Another way you can do that is by “exercising.” Whether that’s weights, calisthenics, or yoga, it’s about getting the energy you need to think clearly and to stay energized. Especially when you work on a sitting desk, you’re going to need to get the energy to get and stay in that mindset to think about the piece that you’re working on.
In a recent post, I mentioned setting a timer, it’s essential to write down how much you want to put into that piece every day. This allows you to maximize that time you have for yourself. If it’s 10, 15, 20 or 60 minutes, when you write it down and get that timer going it naturally puts you in a state of mind. It’s very similar to a coach barking at you to “run faster kid!” This is a powerful strategy so invest into a timer or use the apps on your phone, to put the best into the time you set for yourself.
Bonus Strategy- MUSIC
Start a playlist/s of your favorite songs. Choose songs and music that allows you to get in the mindset and then continue to write while you’re listening to music. Sometimes the right song is all you need to get you motivated and inspired to finish that piece you’ve been working on.
“Make it happen.” -Anonymous
By- Tom Kubrak
IG & TWTR- @Tomkubrak
Image by- Erik Renninger