Dear Ruthi,

I was interested to know how you center yourself and clear your head prior to writing. I have had a tough time clearing my mind and getting my thoughts out. I do enjoy writing, however, it just seems like the first 10 to 15 minutes are usually wasted simply just trying to figure out how to begin. Any ideas or tips?

Thanks!

Wendel 

 

ANSWER

Dear Wendel,

Great question! Perhaps the best advice I typically offer my clients on this exact issue is to just start writing. People easily feel “stuck” in figuring out how/where to begin that they make themselves feel overwhelmed and stifled. Just start, it’s that simple. Whether you are writing notes, fragmented ideas, an outline, topics, or phrases, you won’t open the flood gate of thoughts until the words start stumbling out.

Remember, you can always go back and edit, revise, and format… but you need to start somewhere. Don’t worry about making it sound “perfect,” just start. Oftentimes, I even begin with notes or an outline and then fill in the gaps. Try it out and please feel free to let me know how that worked for you.

with Love,

Ruthi

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