Happy Monday and Happy 4th of July!
Today I want to talk about something that can zap my creative mojo quickly, clutter. If my workspace is cluttered, my mind tends to be cluttered as well. It’s hard to concentrate on my story if my desk is covered with papers, coke cans, and snack wrappers. Sometimes I need to refer to a reference sheet I’ve printed off the internet, and I have to spend several precious writing minutes trying to find it on my desk, bookshelf or various cubby holes I recklessly shove important papers into. Another thing that clutters my mind and my time is my phone. If I keep it close to me I will inevitably pick it up to check something for just a minute that turns into an hour on Facebook, Pinterest or some other time waster. By the end of the day I will have 25 likes, 30 repins and more candy crushed than words written. Do you do this, too? Leave me a comment and let me know if clutter is a problem for you. So this week, let’s challenge ourselves to declutter our workspace and turn off our phones while writing.
Cluttered workspace = cluttered mind
Open workspace = open mind
Speaking of open minds, one thing I find helpful is meditation. If you are unfamiliar with meditation, there are apps and YouTube videos that can guide you through creative writing meditations. Meditation is the closest thing to finding the mythical muse in my journey so far. You have to shop around to find one that works for you, they aren’t all winners. I will include a link to a spoken meditation that I like to use, below.
And now the weekly writing prompt:
Turn on your IPod or radio, listen to the song that is on, and take the first line of the chorus and write a paragraph based on and including that line. Feel free to share in the comments!
I am not sure what my Camp Nanowrimo word count is because I am writing with pen and paper but I will have it typed before next Monday and will have a word count for you. What’s your count? Leave it in the comments.
Come back Wednesday for “What I’m reading Wednesday” with Lisa!