Have you ever thought about something scary and started sweating or panting?
That’s because our bodies and minds don’t discern the difference between what we tell ourselves and what actually happens. Conjure a mental image vividly and persistently and your body and mind will interpret it as reality.
In the case of writer’s block, tell yourself that you can’t write and your mind and body will believe you. That’s what I did.
Amy Dean is President of Dean Public Relations, offering multi-channel communications strategies and execution to raise the visibility of businesses. She provides strategic communications consulting, media relations outreach and social media writing and counseling. Photos by Paul Goyette.
Once upon a time I suffered through a prolonged period of writer’s block. I tried taking the advice of writing coaches to escape its clutches.
Read other writers for inspiration. Conduct more research. Write anything. Go to a coffee shop. Get some fresh air. Take a shower. Drink a beer. Sound familiar?
None of them worked for me. My body and mind were far more enthralled with the story that I was telling myself: I had lost my ability to write.
Clearly, I lived to write another day or you wouldn’t be reading this blog post. So, how did I finally wriggle loose? I took the path of personal insight or what I like to call a Zen approach to waking up from the illusion of writer’s block.
First, I started paying close attention to what I was telling myself about my writing and my life. Some people refer to this as mindfulness, which is an aspect of Zen, a spiritual “way of liberation,” as the great philosopher Alan Watts defined it. Mindfulness is the practice of paying attention to your thoughts and actions on purpose, without judgment. Read More→