Lucid Writing Advice by Antavius S. Flagg

The five most common things that keeps you from writing:

Your not in the mood.

Your sick, and your fingers are slow at the keyboard.

Your head hurts because your sick and tired to pounding at a glowing screen.

You don’t have the time, going out and having fun, is more exciting than writing.

Your simply discouraged to do so, or have writers block.

There are countless things that can keep you from writing, and the sad reality of it all is that we allow it to happen. I’m sure that half the people reading this are already writing comfortably and just want a few minutes of relaxation. The other half I’m sure will swallow these words like candy. Whatever you do, however, be willing to acknowledge that writing is something that takes time, and if you rush time, you can create hideous creations.

YOUR NOT IN THE MOOD

Don’t fret, your not the only one. I used to have the problem of waking up everyday and challenging myself to sit at the keyboard. Typing for hours on end seemed a daunting dream. But there are ways to conquer your mood swings:

Don’t listen to yourself, if your mind says don’t write, then write. If you are in an excellent mood to write, steady yourself for a few hours, and then sit at the keyboard.

Don’t exercise on a full stomach. Just because it is your mind and not your body doing the work, it can function badly if you have not eaten a good breakfast or lunch. To a writer, the mind is of high importance. So feed it.

After you’ve typed for hours, and you have realized that the sun is long gone, go to bed. You’ll probably end up dreaming or formulating plans for your story. This is a good thing. Its shows that your mind is still active. Wake up the next morning, devour every food in sight, and sit at your keyboard to type. Thoughts from the previous night will flow through your fingers and into the manuscript.

Last, but not least, dare yourself to do the impossible. If you get into the habit of creating 5 or 6 pages a day, then you soon loose the feeling of not being in the mood. Setting goals, and living up to them, will forces you to do almost anything.

YOUR SICK, AND YOUR FINGERS ARE SLOW AT THE KEYBOARD

No one, unless your a character in a poorly written novel, can always prevent what happens to them. Being sick is a fact of life. If your seriously sick however, you should certainly follow the doctor’s orders.

A common cold, tooth ache, or even a sprain ankle, is no detriment to a determined writer.

If all you could do was to type 1 or 2 pages a day when your sick, you have made a great accomplishment. Just think, if your sick twenty or ten days out of a year you could manage 20 pages, not counting the days when your healthy.

But be careful. Typing when sick can cause you to lose interest, and thus hurt your manuscript. Like medicine, type when needed and don’t overdose.

YOUR HEAD HURTS BECAUSE YOUR SICK AND TIRED OF POUNDING AT A KEYBOARD

This is very reminiscent of what I described above, but this is sometimes done on purpose. Like me, you probably have every blind and light cut off when you sit down to type. The only source of discernible light in the entire house is the computer monitor.

You sit for hours, trapped in the dance of creating your characters. Ignoring the ringing of the phone. Lost in the essence of your inner self.

To the writer, this is a good thing, to your eyes it’s not. Sitting to close to a glowing object can damage or hurt your eyes, and can create headaches that you try to ignore.

You shouldn’t ignore them, nor should you let them arise. Trying typing for a few minutes or even an hour, then rest. Have a snack, go out for a walk, but stay clear of things that’ll get you distracted from your writing. Although your fingers are away from the keyboard, you’ll continue to type the manuscript in your mind.

When you do type, you can have either the choice of a completely quiet house or music in the background, like I prefer. Chose music wisely however, it’ll be best to go with something soft. Either Classical or Romantic.

Once you’ve set the mood, headaches are devoured by your creative mind.

YOU DON’T HAVE THE TIME, GOING OUT AND HAVING FUN IS MORE EXCITING THAN WRITING.

If you believe that statement is true, then you can’t really call yourself a determined writer. To writers, writing is rapture. Enjoyment.

It is you who creates the mood. If you write about something happy, you’ll catch yourself smiling at the monitor. Creating something sad can make you linger, and when it is an important character, that you have decided is no longer useful, killing them can you make you stammer in the act.

You have the profound freedom to travel as you please, without lifting from the seat. When creating your own unique worlds, you can go where no one has ever visited. You have the privileges of Darwin. You have the liberty to set examples. In writing, you are literally the God. It is you, no matter how unmerciful and just the cause, to create problems for your characters.

Don’t be intimidated when its a bright and sunny day out, and you are torn between typing and having fun. Open the windows, the doors, whatever, so that you can have that day come to you. Sit at your keyboard and type. In this case you have the best of both worlds.

And the most unforgiving thing you can do as a writer is not find the time. You must have time if you want to write. A page a day keeps ill writing away. If you do it everyday, or at least twice or thrice a week, you keep yourself in check.

YOUR SIMPLY DISCOURAGED TO DO SO, OR HAVE WRITER’S BLOCK

The true sickness directly related to writing is Writer’s Block. It comes to us all. A wolf from the shadows of creation, arriving when we have written ourselves into a corner surrounded by wet paint.

Writer’s Block can make you do bad things. To me, it stopped me from writing for a least a month and a half. If your writing a novel, like myself, Writer’s Block comes more than once. Take these three steps to avoid it:

When having writer’s block, it is highly prescribed that you keep away from anything that reminds you of writing.

Stay your mind from imagining your characters. Rest at night. Read a book. Whatever you do, don’t type.

Eat healthy. Exercise. Don’t write until your ready.

That last is a must. Writing in Writer’s Block is extremely unhealthy. It will severely frustrate you. You may even believe you can no longer write. Write when you are ready.

In every writers life, you must come to understand that others beside you will want to read your work. Be weary. Giving writing to friends will almost always result in ” Oh, that was wonderful.” When it was truly a disaster.

Those who hate you will say it’s terrible, when it could be your best.

Give writing to those you fill comfortable with, and tell them to judge it without mercy. State your flaws. Ask how you can make it even better.

You can email the author of this article at americans1376@yahoo.com

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