3 Ways I Reset My Mind after Writing
On August 28, 2015 | 0 Comments
I finally know what it’s like to consistently write through the end of the final draft of a novel project. In earlier drafts, my focus was on building characters and fleshing out the story. In later drafts, my focused changed to being more critical of word usage and sentence structure. Whether I was focused on the creative aspects of the story, or the structure, I needed to step away and recuperate after a day’s work.
- Go outside. Although my writing project had to do with creating a beautiful natural world, that didn’t mean I was basking in the ambiance myself. It takes imagination to create new worlds and that takes brain power. By the time I would get to the end of writing for the day, I would have that run-ragged feeling in my brain as if I couldn’t process one more thought. Getting back to nature (more specifically, the beach) has helped me reset to a serene state as it settles my mind.
- Breathe. This ranges from a few deep breaths or it could be as focused as formal meditation. I would get so caught up in the writing project that I would forget simple actions like breathing evenly, especially if I was in the middle of writing an emotional scene. I created a daily regimen of meditating at the beginning of the day in order to focus the mind, then at the end of the day to settle it. The schedule made working 5-7 days a week writing all the more bearable.
- Be Present. Letting my mind get lost in another world can make time fly by. I had to set time limits for myself of when I needed to leave my creative reality for the one we all share. After leaving such a wonderful fictional place, I’d look at the clock and see that eight hours and 7,000-10,000 words have passed. It’s was then time to step away and remember that there is a life to live outside of writing, which includes seeing/calling friends and family.
As I prepare to continue writing the second book of my first series, I’m taking the time to repeat the three items above in an effort to better prepare me for this next writing project. I’ve discovered it’s easy to get wrapped up in a story that I’ve forgotten what time it is, the last time I’ve eaten, or even the last time I did a load of laundry as I keep writing while wearing my last pair of clean workout pants. I’ve found the value to allowing space to be myself in my life as I create these other fictional lives. A girl’s gotta know how to balance living in the real world while she simultaneously creates another one to share with the rest of the world.