A couple weeks ago, I was trying to finish a blog post that I had been excited about for weeks, but then when I sat down to write it, and later to finish it, I couldn’t think of a single example or word that I had been wanting to use. My mind was blank. I was having a complete mental block. So I took a moment to breathe and look at my surroundings. Out the window of the little French-owned café. Watching the window-washer. Admiring the outfits of the people walking around the block. Laughing with the people who couldn’t seem to stop while they crossed the street.
As I observed, I remembered my new writing “mantra”: Just put in headphones and type your thoughts until something coherent forms.
So I followed my own words, and this is what occured.
Around the Block
Words and breath.
Thoughts and nothing.
My mind stays empty as I sit, focus, write, research, type, and repeat.
The heavy eyelashes and the heavy feet
bring me back to where I cannot finish this feat.
They pull me down, buried under sun, clouds, blanket, air
as if everything—and nothing—were there.
But still I try, I persevere.
My fingers push buttons,
my eyes push open,
my pen pushes ink
until my arms grow heavy with pages
and my mind runs full, overflowing.
What about you? Do you have a writing mantra or any exercises or rituals to help you focus and write?
Let me know in the comments below!