The most paradoxical aspect of writing is the sheer reluctance writers feel to get started on something. The idea of having to create “something special” — especially when you have no clue how to — can be paralyzing for most. What can be done to overcome this inertia?
Sadly, I’ve found that the oft-repeated advice of “Just get started!” doesn’t work for me. If I’m not in the mood, how can I “just” get started? And on those countless occasions that I’ve tried, the output has been shoddy enough to arouse self-effacement.
What works, then?
The answer is, a calm mind. It is only through silence that creation ensues. Noise creates nothing but noise. So if you want to accomplish some writing goals, the first job is to calm this wonderful troublemaker we call the brain. Sit down and meditate for 5-10 minutes; more if you want to. Forget about writing and what the finished piece is going to look like. Just focus on the silence, the absolute nothingness.
With practice, you’ll find your writing flowing effortlessly.
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