One of the topics that always comes up in mentoring sessions with people who are making the transition from thinking about writing to taking action is how to find a good writing rhythm.
This is such an important subject that I’ve decided to do a couple of posts covering the key practical aspects to consider.
Let’s start by exploring the question…
As a general rule, putting your writing first works for most people most of the time.
This means that you ideally start the day with some kind of energy and/or meditation practice and then write before anything else.
Even if you only spend 15 or 20 minutes writing, at least you’ve fulfilled your commitment to your creative impulse before you tackle other tasks.
The Writing Habit
Just 15 minutes a day quickly builds the writing habit you need to establish if you want to take your writing seriously.
However, this approach doesn’t work for everyone. Some writers love the early evening twilight zone or come alive creatively at the end of the day and well into the night.
As long as whatever you choose is sustainable and produces the results you’re aiming for, it’s serving its intended purpose.
- Explore writing at different times of the day to see what suits you best. Then develop a regular rhythm for yourself based on that.
The external environment you choose for your writing ideally needs to reflect the internal alignment you’ve cultivated in preparation for your creative work.
For me this preferably means writing at home, where I’m close to nature and able to immerse myself in silence and solitude at various locations around the house and garden.
As my Conscious Writing practice has matured, however, so too has my capacity to write anywhere – on the train, in a hotel lobby or crowded café.
I simply create an energetic space like a transparent bubble around me and within it I write freely. I’m aware of my surroundings yet fully present to my work and oblivious to anything bar emergencies.
Away From Your Regular Workspace
At the very least, I recommend that you find somewhere away from your regular workspace, even if you’re sitting in a different corner of the same room.
Some writers thrive in busy environments and relish the stimulus of people coming and going and the snippets of overheard conversations – all of which can trigger creative ideas.
Being away from your familiar surroundings may free you up creatively. Yet, simply going outside on a warm day can equally reward you with a completely fresh perspective.
In addition to your choice of regular writing places, I highly recommend giving yourself the priceless gift of time away from the distractions of everyday life at a guided or private retreat.
A few days of deep immersion in Conscious Writing at least once during a major writing project will result in quantum leaps of tangible progress at every level.
- Explore a range of writing environments to discover where you find your deepest flow and play with having a variety of possibilities to suit different times of the year.
The third question relating to finding your Conscious Writing rhythm is how you physically put the words on the page.
It’s incredible to think that not so long ago all books were written by hand!
To this day there are authors who prefer hand writing their first draft and relish the feeling of connection with their heart that’s so often present when pen meets paper.
For most of us, however, laptops provide the optimal solution for filling the blank screen with the words that become sentences, paragraphs and eventually blogs, books and more.
The Spoken Word
For those whose experience and ease lie in the spoken word, or when limitation of any kind prevents the physical act of writing, voice recognition software opens the door to writing and authorship.
A mix of options may well be the answer as you handwrite in your journal, record ideas on your smart phone and speak or type directly into your computer for first-draft writing and project completion.
- Explore a variety of ways to put your words on the page until you land on an approach that facilitates rather than frustrates your conscious and creative flow.
Where are you in relation to finding a writing rhythm that works for you? Please share your comments and experience or ask a question below. Thank you!
- To read Finding Your Conscious Writing Rhythm: Part 2, click here.