share your faith the write way
So, you've started an email outreach, or you've been designated the communications person for your bible study group - but now you're lost in the mire of blank page and blank mind.
Don't worry, it might just be writer's block. Almost everyone who sets out to write on a consistent basis eventually experiences writer's block. For those who do not know it by name, writer's block is that pesky, irritating phenomenon that totally drains your brain of all ideas of what to write or what to write next.
Writer's block can be the cause of a colossal anxiety attack if you're on a schedule to complete the writing within a certain time frame; but even if you're not under the gun to finish by a particular time, it is still frustrating to be storming your brain and coming up with zero solutions.
I have found that when I'm pushing hard against 'the writer's block', it helps to stop leaning into the obstruction for a bit. Taking a mental break from the immediate frustration helps to free up my active thought processes and allows my mind to rest and work quietly in the background and come up with all kinds of wonderful ideas with ease.
To help your brain relax and gently get back into idea-churning mode, try any of these five tricks that I use successfully to quickly get me back on the writing track.
1. Get rid of distractions
If you're having trouble completing that Letter of Introduction for your business, while you're responding to facebook updates every two seconds and your TV is on blast, it's likely that those distractions are keeping you from concentrating on your task. When writing, switch off from all avoidable distractions to achieve better concentration levels.
2. Take a brisk walk
You can do it in your office, your living room, or a nearby outdoor space. Just five minutes of brisk walking can improve your mood, increase your energy levels and boost mental agility.
3. Drink a glass of water
Like the rest of the body, the brain depends on proper hydration to function well, and having a glass of water can give your mental capacity a jolt.
4. Freewrite for 10 minutes
I know what you're thinking. How can I freewrite when I don't know what to write?! Hold on a minute. The trick with freewriting is to just write anything that comes to mind. It does not have to be logical thoughts or ideas. The aim is to gently exercise your mind and create sparks of imagination without the pressure of having to write anything specific.
5. Call a good friend
Certain conversations can help change your mood and banish fogginess from the mind. Chat about the weather, the new mall being constructed and the likely build-up of traffic it will cause, or how funny that new cat video was – chat about anything except how hard it is to write when you have writer's block.
If you've found this post helpful, please let me know in the comments below.
***Charmaine Daisley is a Creative Writer and Brainstorming Geek. She also runs Pretty Healthy Charmaine, a blog that provides insights into Christian living and healthy eating - all with a dash of pretty.
Hi, I'm Charmaine Daisley and I'm inviting you to share my journey of living a pretty healthy Christian lifestyle. I'll share my adventures of eating healthy and feeding my mind with the word of God - plus anything pretty that can bring some inspiration and joy to our lives. When I'm not managing this blog, you can find me writing up a storm or doing creative brainstorming for clients.
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