Some writers, like other warm-blooded animals, undergo “hibernation.” This is a state of dormancy. While these kind of species do it in order to tolerate shortage of food or put up with prolonged cold weather, writers do it unconsciously in response to environmental disturbances like television shows and series, friends unscheduled visits or shopping sprees, and also in response to our body demands such as fatigue and yes mental block.
At some instance we feel like procrastinating because we experience exhaustion and feel inactive and not able to survive another hour of writing. At another instance we have this repression of ideas or our difficulty in looking for the exact word to use. We suddenly have this inability to continue a train of thought. We are having that very familiar terminology as “writer’s block.” And when your mind is blocked you just seem to be getting nowhere reaching out for that perfect detail of phrases and stuck yourself up with that situation. You cannot move forward and finally you sleep over with what you were trying to accomplish. The worst scenario is when you have eventually gone into a very long period of inactivity, hiding away from expressing yourself with letters and words.
It has happened to me and I know some of you have had your share of it. How I survived it? Here’s how:
I Do away with procrastination or that habit of putting off your writing in favor of something else.
Mine started with a whisper “I’ll do it tomorrow,” to which I had acceded so easily. Had I not yielded to that whisper of procrastination I would have not reduced my writing activity.
II Protect Yourself from illnesses. This can pull you away from finishing your writing activity. Increasing body demands for rest and relaxation just because you forgot to take your vitamins or have not eaten the right amount of food and have not taken them at the right time are one of the reasons why you have to stop writing.
III Learn to say no to surprise invitations from your friends to go out and leave your work. Or better still make a schedule to write regularly and follow it religiously everyday.
IV Be stress free. If stress can not be avoided learn how to manage them. Stress free writers are Happy Writers. Happy writers have more focus when writing and are less likely to suffer mental block.
When your brain starts pushing you to sit down and relax instead of writing ahead, you can do it . Relax but not to forget to get back on track the soonest time you can, because according to an author of Happy Writer, “The longer we put off a task, the longer it looms in our mind.
I was one who finds a problem in small issues, especially those affecting my love life. I looked at something or someone with a suspicious mind, and noticed all the flaws that I could find in them. One perfect example is, when I saw hubby doing things on his personal computer, chatting, and his eyes so engrossed on-screen, I looked at him with an angry heart. I was outright with my judgment: he was cheating on me!. Does that make sense? Lately, I perceived it does not give any sense at all. Instead of wasting my energy in spotting faults in what he was doing, I should have approached it in a positive manner.. I should have thought of him as doing research, for which I would get a share of the income he gets for the work done.
My point here is that most people are very good at finding issues. I can say I was one of these type of people who, instead of looking at the brighter side of the situation, was looking at the darker side of it. Rather than focusing my physical and mental powers on positive things, I wasted them to non-meritorious and hostile thoughts.
You will tell me, “What if your spouse was really having a fling online? Would you be blinded by the situation?” Of course not! But you will agree with me, life is full of complications. These are traps to make a mess out of our lives, depending on how we react on them. Dwell on it, make the situation more difficult, and you are finished.
This was the usual way I knew of doing things- pick up the problem , make issues of it no matter how small they may be, and then become chaotic about it. It is not what is called for in developing our self esteem. Finding a solution to , and fixing the problem is. Let us all be solution finders. If we see problems, foremost to come up into our minds should be how to fix it, just like how successful auditors are working.
Auditors are best in finding mistakes in the documents under their examination. Everyday in their workplace, they find errors. But it is not the error they are most concerned with. They are vent on giving solutions to problems they found. This is repeatedly done, in every minute while they are working in the field and sometimes even up to their last waking hours at home. This has become a habit and has obviously brought them success in their careers.
My eyes were opened by what Mr. Alex Ham said, “Instead of wasting energy finding all the problems in your world, get into the habit of looking for and finding results and providing solutions.”
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It was, at first, only to hanker after beautiful phrases from the magazines I bought, from old cheap books I snatched up on a garage sale, and those free booklets pass to you while walking down the streets. I had no desire to read in full, completely unaware that this practice of reading and recording of expressions or group of words, would become a relevant factor in pursuing my passion. I can only reflect on it as my reading rehearsal, which is helping me a great deal in writing my articles today.
There are times that you want to remember something, and you just could not get your head around it . This is where you begin realizing the value of reading and journalizing . To quote from Amy Shearn’s article on “Journalizing Ideas…” she said, ” Capturing it in a special notebook or on an index card to tack up by your desk is a good idea not only for the reminder it creates but also for the very act of writing. I do not have to say a word, but I completely agree with her.
I can not forget that moment in my management class, when our professor, Atty. Jose B.Leal uttered this phrase about reading- “when you do not read several hours a day, seven times a week, you will be ten years behind!” Such a beautiful expression of words, hanging on my brain till now. I have since then expanded my routine. I do not only read small leaflets and old books from rummage sales. I have become a voracious reader of books and anything my eyes could set on the World wide Web.
When at first it was only for emulating or echoing of phrases on a suitable time, now it has grown as an effort second to none , for me, and for the aspiring writers as well. Consciously making that effort to put down significant turn of phrases as we read, will help us generate ideas and develop great content for the readers. We should read, journalize and write a lot!