IWSG SEPTEMBER 2016 “Mental Games Getting Muse to Write”
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IWSG September question is –
How do you find the time to write in your busy day?
This question for me is still a work in progress, so no answers really, some tools maybe.
For me its compounded with writing through your life & health falling apart and then putting it all back together with limited resources.
It is as much a “mental game” as it is getting the writing done, funding and inspiration.
(Plz forgive the different typeset here. I have yet to figure out why but working on it. Grrrr )
#1) Make an appointment with yourself and show up, BIC (Butt In Chair)!
Common advice I know but truth and key to making it all work. Write anything that pops into your head or you feel moved to express and then move on to what you intended to write about.
#2) Feeling upset in a negative way? Thoughts chaotic, distracted by events, actions, disagreement, or pending problems? Write the ugly down, and then tear it up. Make it a physical action. If typing: Erase it. Pretend delete is a bomb trigger and blow it up. Maybe you will be inspired to write an action scene based on the feeling.
OR, write it on paper. Rip it to shreds and/or set it fire. Watch it burn—Let it go. Therapeutic and satisfying.
#3) Some people have success with 10 minute timed writings. This does not work so well for me. My Muse rebels. Muse likes to pantsie. (However, I have learn to use light outlining or to do’s and still make the muse happy.)
#4) Setting atmosphere aids me: The sound of rain <–love it. (adjust the sound by clicking on the speaking center upper page) Also found this one. I keep it low enough it does not make me sleepy and I add light classical music usually strings or cello or not, depending on mood. I have a Pandora account and Amazon Prime member so Prime Music. +
I have heard several people say they have success with morning pages an idea taken from the book, The Artist’s Way.
#5) Create structure within chaos-change. If everything is falling apart but you have this structure you’ve created/built into your habits, it will help keep you moving forward and working through the disorder. I am still learning but getting better. Inspiration: Self Care And Productivity For Authors With Ellen Bard on JoAnna Penn’s Podcast.
#6) Let your Muse play like a child at the playground unencumbered by strict rules and judgements from editor. This does not have to be a writing activity and sometimes works best if it is not writing. Treat the muse as child you used to be. It’s play, not work, not serious. Forget the rest of the world. Live in that moment, that feeling, that idea, pretend, make if feel real. You are a child. Remember the innocence’s, freedom and possibilities of play.
What things do I do: I like to sketch, adult coloring book, casting my characters, getting outdoors into nature to play especially on the water, boating. Cruising in my Mustang convertible on open roads and back roads. Road trips were a family thing when I was kid, so holds good feeling and memories. Play a game I’ve been avoiding, because I know it will highjack my good intentions of writing. Watch a movie, read a book.
#7) Reward yourself, incentives, bonuses or perks for writing. It can be as little as chocolate, your favorite cheese, strawberries and whip cream, a movie, a book. Be specific. Make it actual story, not world or character creation or research, unless those are your struggle areas. It does not have to be a finished draft but you can set that goal to up the stakes for yourself.
Money can be used as psychological therapy too.
Get a mason jar. Label it Writer’s Pay. Set a reward with money amount if accomplished. Stock the jar with a certain amount for specific reward/pay, if you can do that–upping the stakes for yourself and then start adding your change every day and watch it grow. You allot amounts to pay yourself (IF) or set specific items to purchases or the whole jar depending what will motivate you best to accomplish your goal-finish.
You can set a single goal or daily goals or goals by week or month, when accomplished reward or pay yourself to write. On a subconscious level you emphasizing and reinforcing the value in your writing and creating a happy place in finishing things.
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