Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Meditation for Writers


As my life is ramping up stress-wise at my day job, my writing anxieties seem to be growing as well.

  • Will I be able to do this plot justice?
     
  • Are my characters interesting enough?
     
  • I know I published before, but what if I can't get an editor to accept this novel?
     
  • Should I stick to shorts or try to write longer pieces?
     
  • Am I editing all the voice out of my novella?
     
  • What if no one likes my story?!

  • I swear I spend more time worrying about writing than I spend putting words on a page. This has got to stop.

    When stress and anxiety get me down, I usually try to sit down for a few moments, focus on my breathing, let my mind quiet, and meditate. I was wondering, however, if recording a few phrases with a writerly bent might help calm some of my writing fears as well.

    So I'm asking--
    • What do you fear? 
    • What do you stress about at night? 
    • Are your fears keeping you from writing?


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