Hello Beautiful Writers
How are you? Staying sane I hope.
This week on Writing Tips Tuesday I want to talk about Writing in Covid Times & Your Legacy.
And to give you a new FREE resource - The easy Step-by-Step Guide to Write & Self-Publish Your Memoir (Plus a Printable Checklist)
Like everyone else, I have my ups and downs trying to understand the changing world in which we live. Some days are good and I feel productive and "normal" and other days I feel like WTF...
How can I think?
How can I write?
How can I LIVE!
What I've realised is that life is about CHOICE. We can choose how we want to react or respond to this situation. While it may feel like we don't have control or we have limitations placed on us - we have so much choice. Really, we do.
HOW you may ask? When the world feels like it's crumbling.
Ban the Box
Yes, turn off the TV. Limit the amount of negativity that flows through your house. Do you need to see it or hear it constantly? If you have children - do they?
Constant negativity and bad news is soul destroying for everyone especially for creatives. We need to raise our vibration in order to create. We need to clear our minds and hearts to tap into that well of inspiration.
Play music or classical music.
Research has shown that classical music soothes and stimulates. Unborn babies respond to it and studies have shown that children learn better when classical music is played softly in the background.
If your house is full with partners working from home, or children being homeschooled, put on your earphones and listen to music or download the app Noisli.com. There are free and paid versions. (I'm not affiliated, I just use it). I find it so useful to block out noise and it really helps me focus. You can also set it on a timer so you use it like the Pomodora Technique - where you write for say 20 minutes at a time without distractions. (OK this may be hard with kids but find a time that suits).
Another way to go within and tap into your creativity is to meditate. I studied Transcendental Meditation and have practised Mindfulness Meditation. Find what ever form of meditation works for you. It's all about being in the present and realising that you have everything you need in this moment. You are safe. This helps to dissipate anxiety and fear.
Find time & Create your sacred writing space
The famous author, Toni Morrison said she wrote around the edges of the day. The author of the Twilight Series wrote at her kitchen table around her kids. If you really want to do something you will find the time. The question is - HOW MUCH DO YOU REALLY WANT IT?
I used to write creatively in a coffee shop or at a picnic table overlooking the beach - but can't do that now :(
I can't be creative in my study. That's where I edit, market, do businessy stuff. So I go out to the deck or find peace in my bedroom and make a conscious decision to be CREATIVE. Often, I use a pen and paper because I feel the thoughts flow through me in a different way. Some sort of magic happens more frequently that way. But, find what works for you. E.g. computer or voice recorder.
Even in cramped spaces you can create your sacred writing space. Make it pretty. Make it you! Let it be known to others that this is your space and time to write. Warn others - Do not Disturb unless the house is on fire.
The cascade of fear and uncertainty has affected many people and some of my writer friends have expressed that they simply haven't been able to write. I can relate.
The recent passing of my father has made me think about his life and his legacy. You know...what's it all for kind of stuff.
I was given the opportunity to say my father's Eulogy (which was wonderful considering his story inspired me to become a writer). He led an extraordinary life and someone said afterwards, "It made me think of what they will say about me at my funeral."
Yes. What will people say about you?
I think if we're stuck (creatively) we can ask ourselves this question. It may help bring us back on track.
Remind yourself of your legacy and it may inspire you to pick up the pen or open the computer and just pour your heart out - as I am now.
Unblocking Writers' block is not about writing the perfect piece. It's about inspiration, expression and making the CHOICE to do something that makes you feel good. Doodle, draw, write around the edges of the page. Experiment. Enjoy writing for no other reason than to simply ENJOY that moment of writing.
When I write, I feel good. When I feel good - I can help others feel good.
That's what the world needs right now...
“The planet does not need more successful people. The planet desperately needs more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers and lovers of all kinds.”
Don't forget my FREE gift to you- Easy Step-by-Step Guide to Write & Publish Your Memoir (Plus Printable Checklist)