I think one of the most challenging parts of writing is the phase of writing when you go from "Not Writing" into "Writing”.
When you are not writing you are living your daily life. You're busy, you’re thinking, you’re chatting, and you're working. There are probably 100 different things going on in your head or in your life at any given momet.
Writing is a completely different mode than your regular daily life. Writing is when you get in a zone where you focus on a craft and on getting your words onto the page. It tends to be a quieter, more focused, and often more heartfelt way of being than how we normally go about our days.
The transition from "Not Writing" into "Writing", for me, always feels like I'm going from my big regular life into something smaller and cozier like a retreat. It can be challenging to slow down, clear out distractions, and sink into that creative mindset.
This is where the benefit of a writing routine comes in. I believe a writing routine can make it much easier to go from "Not Writing" into "Writing”, so you can get started with your creative goals.
Here's my routine:
Over the years, I have built strong muscle memory around this routine. My body, mind, and heart have become attuned to these steps.
When I'm running around during my day and I want to write, making a cup of tea is the first indicator to my body, mind, and heart that writing is about to happen. When I get blankets I start to REALLY know writing is coming.
If I'm looking at a tree, with noise cancelling headphones on, listening to "Summer", then almost nothing can stop me from writing.
I see each step of this routine as a plank on the bridge that I follow from "Not Writing" into "Writing". If I just do the first step and the next and the next, then I eventually find myself quietly typing away.
When you create your writing routine, it will probably look somewhat different from mine. Different routines help different people, and it all depends on your personality, your energy level, and your personal likes or dislikes.
What would help YOU go from "Not Writing" into "Writing"? Here are some questions to ask yourself to help you create a wildly authentic writing routine that could really work for you:
When you create your writing routine, do you what you need to do before you write to help you get in the zone. Then gather your favorite beverages, snacks, or anything you need to help you sit and write. Go to a space where you will feel in the zone, and start writing using the technique that works best for you.
If this seems like a lot to do just to get into writing, remember that the transition from "Not Writing" into "Writing" is part of the writing process.
Give yourself the time and space you need to create an authentically pleasurable writing life for you, so you can start writing and keep writing.
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Hi, I'm Emma Veritas!
I'm a writer, blogging coach, personal development teacher, and oracle card reader. I've been writing inspirational blogs, newsletters, and social media posts for 7+ years. This practice has grown me, and calls me ever deeper into healing everything that stops me from showing up as my true self. It has changed my life, and it changes the lives of my readers everyday.
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