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“I can’t seem to sit down and write.”

You have a job to do, an article to write, a page to create for a marketing client. But you just can’t get yourself seated into your soft, comfortable, cushy office chair on which you spent hundreds of dollars.

Excuse or reason?

Oh, do I sympathize with what you are going through! There have been several times where I have been unable to write. The words are swirling and twirling in my mind, and yet, feel stuck and frozen to move, much less set my butt down to get them out.

As recent as a few months ago, I was absolutely catatonic when it came to writing. A big project was due with a deadline looming. Granted, I set down the time schedule, but regardless, I needed to be current with my deliverables.

There are many factors when writing becomes this huge rock that can’t be moved. The factors are as individual as you are.

  • You are tired
  • “This” needs to get done first
  • Favorite show is on television
  • Your kids are fighting
  • Your spouse is making a fuss
  • You don’t like your client
  • You don’t like your client’s message
  • Your plant died
  • You’ve had too much wine
  • You are feeling depressed
  • You are depressed

Although these can be legitimate excuses for not getting the writing done, there is an underlying reason the brakes are applied. You just have to figure out the root cause.

Easier said than done.

What you can do.

Do you know of a parent who threw one of their children into a lake to teach them how to swim? Perhaps you were the child. Perhaps you were the parent! However, where writing is concerned, and with any task you feel forced to do, the “sink or swim” method, although, which can be helpful, is not recommended.

What I do suggest, however, is to:

  • Give yourself the benefit of the doubt
  • Acknowledge your feelings
  • Free-write in a journal
  • Meditate
  • Ask for spiritual guidance
  • Surrender to a higher power
  • Honor the work that you do complete

Add to this list as you see fit. I used all these to gain back the “wont to write.. But there was something else that worked, too, and in conjunction with the methods listed above.

The solution.

You can spend a lot of time in discovery. But you may not have that much time to spare. You need to get your writing work done NOW!

The key is the more often you write the better habit you develop. Notice that I did NOT say, “the MORE you write!”

For only minutes—not hours but MINUTES—each day you can ACHIEVE the goal set for yourself with WRITING your CONTENT!

How do I know this? Because I’ve been doing this process and now am able to…

BLAST BLOCKS TO SMITHEREENS!

Imagine a space where you can:

  • Be totally focused
  • Stay on task
  • Write your content in record time

I have a solution that just may be your ticket home!

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To your success,

You may dream of writing one day for profit. However, most writers do not write because of the money that can be had… Writing happens for a totally different reason.

Writers are often a crazy bunch. Aristotle, the deepest of thinkers once said, “There is no greatness without a mixture of madness.”

Hemingway, Joyce, Poe, Tolstoy—and now you can lovingly add Carrie Fisher to the list—all were deemed as mentally disturbed or challenged.

An author does not simply come by the words he or she writes. They are given with fervor of escapism. Any poet can tell you that the words are not his own, but that of a deeper, more sinister being or beings living inside their body. I know this to be true as I look at some of my own writings—the words do not sound like me yet I wrote them.

Writing is a calling heeding to the inner consciousness within us. For instance, when unable to express in paragraph formation I would be able to write in poetic form and fashion. Hence, I was then able to communicate my feelings clearly and in a more beautiful way.

The following is a poem I wrote after being set free from a personal relationship. The words needed and wanted to come out and this is the only way they could, so I relented. I consider this piece one of my finest works.

The Silence of the Sages

As I listen to the silence of the sages, their wisdom unfolds like the wings of a bird taking flight. The noise of the wind beating against the strong feathers grows loud; so loud that when the bird catches the breeze to soar, the silence is deafening!

The pressure in my chest feels as though an anvil lays across it.

But then I hear the eagle’s cry and the truth is now known.

It is the wind shearing as I fly to freedom!

The leather strop that held me to the stone is now severed. My keen eyes see the weight, the burden of that stone and how heavy it was!

I now know the power existed all along to cut me from that weight.

Love in its purity and beauty too has the unmistakable power to set all things free.

The silence of the sages has always been a great teacher.

© 2011 Peggy Lee Hanson

[This I must share. After pasting the poem in place above, I heard the cry of an eagle! Thank you for that beautiful validation!]

Life events is the catalyst to writing content it. It’s how we know as writers what to write. The book I’m now working on—my 4th—is about how I had to change my thinking. And in so being the person I am today I had to change my thinking to overcome the obstacles and obscurity in my life. I also had to change my internal belief system.

What is also interesting about writing this book is that, at times, I am not in charge of the words being committed to paper. I am directed as to what to say. The inner voices of wisdom and understanding are guiding me… It is definitely one of a true spiritual journey.

If I wanted to become an author I knew I had to sit down and write. I had to silence the voices. Writing their words is the only way to quiet my mind and their shouting! I now know what their those crazy writers before me had gone through and why they never stopped writing. They had to.

Writing is a calling—just not a task you may expect at all to be.

To your success,

 

 

 

 

“Writing means never having to be alone.”


Would you like to be part of a group where writers support each other?  Then, please come join my Facebook group, Writing Success Circle. We’d love to have you.


 

“What are you going to do for the rest of your life?”

That is a question asked of us beginning when we are little, and which plagues us for the rest of our life. And for some of us, one that often goes unanswered for many years.

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From the time my older sister was five years old she knew that nursing is what she wanted to do. I’ve known other people who knew at an early age what they wanted to do. I, however, was not one of them.

At least not a profession.

I do remember as a six-year-old knowing that I wanted to be a mother, to have a child of my own whom to love. Having a husband, though, was not a part of the picture somehow.

As I grew older I don’t remember thinking much about having a family or anything else of what I wanted to do or be. When in Middle School (Junior High back in those days) I was told by my then music teacher I could be a great singer if I wanted and also if I practiced hard.

“But I don’t want to be a rockstar,” I thought.  And that was that.

As a teenager I began to journal small entries in a makeshift diary. I’m not sure that I kept it, yet I can still see and feel the bright purple and green flowers on the cover. I wrote a few poems and even created a song about a boy, which I played on my guitar.

Although naive and innocent, yet “coming of age,” I wrote a scathing dirty little book (sex scenes included!). I do know that I no longer have that book!

Writing became more and more a part of my life after that. I wrote for release, but also for fun. I would take a popular song and change the lyrics to accommodate a celebrated occasion such as a birthday or retirement of someone I knew. Unknown at the time, my older brother would do the same, rewrite a song. He and I are a lot alike.

You may feel as you write as if you are alone, but you really are not. For instance, while writing this first installment, I have been talking with you the entire time.

“Writing means never having to be alone,” has become my new tagline. What are your thoughts on that, or on this article, if you have any? Please share them below. I’d love to hear from you.

To your success,

 

 

 

 

p.s. Would you like to be part of a group where writers support each other?

Join my Facebook group, Writing Success Circle.

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