Writer's Paralysis The Opposite of Writer's Block
Been Thinking All Night
I am tired. I have been thinking all night. I should have gotten up and written my thoughts down, but I didn't. Now there are so many thoughts I can't write. There are so many parts of the story floating in my mind that nothing is getting written. This is writers paralysis at it's worst. Unlike writer's block where you can't think of anything to write about You have plenty to write, but you are overwhelmed by the amount of material. You freeze like a deer in the headlights. How do you stop this cycle? A friend once advised me the best way out of writer's block was to write. Write?
Come along and I will lead you through my adventure out of writer's paralysis.
This is my term for not being able to focus.
Woke With A Start And Too Many Thoughts
Thought my sinus had finally unclogged and were running. Went to grab a tissue and noticed it was blood running from my nose. So I have to get up and change the bed. I pre-treat the stain on the sheets and mattress pad. Then wait for the treatment to work. While I am waiting I have a cup of tea and read for awhile. The mind keeps wandering away from the text. Hunger draws me to the kitchen, where the idea of taking morning medication wanders across my mind. A banana and hard boiled egg will keep the pill from making me sick. Then I remember large amounts of water must be taken with this pill. I get a bottle of water. Decide its time to walk the dogs. Meet a neighbor at the park. Her dog is a well behaved Aussie cattle dog who likes to herd my Border Collie McNab dogs. It perplexes her that my dogs don't understand they should act like cattle. My dogs ignore their friend today, ignore the ball and go wandering across the field. These are fixated on the "ball" dogs who walked away, and ignored their friend. They ignore me until the others leave and we concentrate on chuck the ball and retrieve, Then we play steal the ball. Bandit isn't as good a catcher as Joe, so he will watch for a chance to steal it. Once he has the ball he runs to the opposite side of the park. Now we are back to normal
Unless you want to write a novel or a hub.
My mind never seems to stop thinking. Thinking, thinking, thinking of all the things I want/need/ must do. The list is always so long it never ends. Today is a nice and quiet day. The grands are with their other grand parents, so there will be no "Want to go to the Dog Park" texts that I can't refuse. The decision to not worry about my health, and go to Alaska on Tuesday has been made. "It's a Go". I cannot have any treatments. My platelets are too low. I will worry about cancer later.
In the meantime there is a driving urge to write about the stunning events leading me to the Yukon Delta of Alaska. I walk into the bathroom and notice the counter and sink need cleaning. Out comes the cleanser and sponge then the thought "One thing at a time until completed,"comes to mind. Yes, that is what I need to do. One thing until completed. All the while thinking of things that need to be written. Grab a notebook and begin to write in long hand. There will be no computers for three weeks. Pen and paper to write on needs to go on the list. Our electronic notebook, which would have been perfect, met with a horrible end. Should I go buy another one? Husband would think that was fun. I don't want to spend the money.
The pen skips and writing isn't fast enough to get all the thoughts down. While looking for another pen the bedclothes shout,"Put us in the washer". Frustrated writing with a pen, I start the computer. Decided to check email to see if any need immediate attention. Delete! Then start a hub about the events leading up to this Alaska trip, but can't decide if the whole thing is too personal or if people need to hear about it. What should the title be? Finally decide the crazy cycle has got to end. What do you do when everything you see shouts, "Squirrel" and you follow it like a hound dog?
Breath in breath out! Follow me out of writers paralysis.
Healthy Fact About Mt. Dew
Water and orange juice are the first and third ingredients in Mt. Dew.
Get Your Mind And Body Going The Same Speed
It is imperative to get your mind and body synchronized. Bodies just don't move as fast as thoughts. For me a cup of coffee goes a long way toward speeding the body and slowing the mind. No coffee? Mountain Dew works well too. The shock and awe my drinking a Mountain Dew cause my children is worth it sometimes. Their mother who eats more vegetables in a day than most people do in a week drinking a Mt. Dew. The world must be ending.
Write Those Squirrel Thoughts Down
Write down the themes of what you are thinking. When I am this hyper a white board works splendidly. The surface is smooth and the pen flows smoothly. If you make a mistake erase. Don't worry about order, you can prioritize later.
When you are hyper,what you write with makes a difference. Writing is a way of organizing your thoughts; it is not good if your writing equipment is distracting you.
As a teacher it used to drive me crazy when a child repeatedly asked to sharpen his pencil. Researchers discovered kids aren't always being bratty, trying to disrupt the class when they sharpen their pencil repeatedly. The change in the angle of a regular #2 pencil lead nearly drives a kid with attention problems crazy. The solution is a computer, mechanical pencil or pen.
Simple Ideas For Removing Clutter
Pick a small place that needs to be purged. It may be all you have time to do is:
- Toss the dishes into the dishwasher.
- Organize one shelf of a book case
- Do something quick on from your thought list.
- Organize the electrical cords around your computer
Get Rid Of The Clutter
Write down your thoughts! Write your thoughts in shorthand. Be brief. Get the thoughts in solid form on a paper, computer, or white board. Then your mind is cleared out and able to focus on one thing through to completion.
Sometimes you need to physically get rid of stuff.
Secrets Of Success
Success builds success. Jumping from thought to thought keeps you from accomplishing your goal. The commencement speech at University of Texas 2014 is a wonderful list of ideas for accomplishing great things. The speaker is U.T. alumni, Admiral McRaven. For the first time in all the years I have been around the military I have never heard why making your bed was so important. Admiral McRaven lets us in on the secret.
Now that you have had a motivational talk from the Admiral:
- Pick one thought from your list.
- Write a brief outline.
- Follow your outline; write until you have nothing else to say. If you are tempted to get up or do something else talk to yourself out loud.
- Tell yourself to focus! That you are not going to move until your are done. Talking is an excellent way of forming thoughts.
When you have completed your project congratulate yourself. Sometimes the act of focusing on one thing is difficult. Be be sure to give yourself a reward when you are successful.
Sometimes those squirrel thoughts lead to completely different hubs than originally planned.
Help From My Friend Kenneth Avery
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In this day and time, there are people who are distracted and those who are just distractions. Which one are you?
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