Even when everything is “perfect” and we are ready to take on our project and get writing, if our soul doesn’t show up, our creativity can take a nosedive.
We have to get into the right mindset and it can be quite difficult at times. Yet, we shouldn’t give up and we should work on improving it so we are able to write. We could be just satisfied with “show up and write” but why don’t we try for something that is a little more enthusing? (There will be days when showing up and writing will be good enough and way better than we might have expected when getting up, but I want us to focus on how we can all grow!)
You may want to find rituals that channel your creativity. Those can encompass multiple forms. Maybe you like to work out, take care of certain tasks from your to-do list, or play a certain type of music, so you can devote your attention and energy to your writing.
Having a spiritual element to bring you towards your writing can also be strongly encouraging and inspiring. As I grew as a writer, I also grew in my faith and it has strengthened me. A few times in the past, I remember trying meditation before writing, but it didn’t really work for me, because it lacked a true spiritual dimension (and just sitting there listening to my breath tends to stress me out anyway!)
Over the past years, I have prayed more and grew in my faith a lot. At first, I didn’t notice how it influenced me so much, including in my writing. By now, my daily praying is an important part of my life. While I don’t necessarily pray right before writing, it is common for me to bring up my writing concerns to the Lord and ask for guidance. This is how this book came to be.
What about you?
- Do you have rituals that help you get into your writing mindset?
- Do your spiritual practice fuels your writer’s life?
- If you are unsure where to begin or how to create rituals that might help you, can you think of elements that have worked for you in the past and that you could use on a more regular basis?