Thursday, August 6, 2015

Changing Writer's Block into Writer's Bliss


By Annette Cole Mastron, Communications Director for Southern Writers Magazine



An article in the August 2015, Watch magazine titled, "Reboot Your Brain," caught my attention. The article highlights the founder of a Los Angeles, California hot spot "Unplugged Meditation." The article talks about "thought leaders" who help people meditate to block internal thoughts and external chatter, at least 10 minutes per day. Meditation also has major health benefits according to health professionals. 

What I found interesting was the connection between meditation and success found by those who learn to meditate daily. The article states, "Meditation is a work-in not a work-out."

The article mentions two free "happy" apps to help keep you on track for meditation; Headspace and Insight Timer. Headspace states it's a "gym for your brain." The "Insight Timer" helps you keep track of the sessions. 

Writer's block by definition is "the condition of being unable to think of what to write or how to proceed with writing." However, the meditation exercise may bring you internal bliss, but with a little tweaking, you can use these exercises to blast through any writer's block you may be experiencing. Writer's block can make it difficult to just write that first sentence. So take the lessons learned with meditation and apply that to your writer life. Unplug for 10 minutes a day and see if after 30 days you might have the start to your novel.

Using meditation, you can think through any writing dilemmas you might experience and find your writer's bliss. How did this work for you finding your writer's bliss? 

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